Garret Kerr and Sho DaSilva combined for 47 of the Devils 65 points as the University of the Sciences men's basketball team remained undefeated in conference play with a 65-44 win over Nyack College Saturday afternoon at Bowman Gym in Nyack, New York.
The Devils improve to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. The team's 6-3 record marks their best to a season since the 2003-04 campaign. Nyack falls to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in league play.
Kerr (Middle Township HS/Moorestown, N.J.) nearly had a triple double with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. He connected on 10 of 17 shots from the field and was a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line. DaSilva (Bishop Eustace HS/Moorestown, N.J.) recorded his second consecutive 20+-point effort with 22 points (10-15 FG). T-John Casiello (Wildwood Catholic HS/Wildwood Crest, N.J.) added four assists and two steals.
Nyack scored the first basket of the game for their only lead but kept the game close over the first 13 minutes as the devils could only pull ahead by four at any point over this time frame. Nyack closed within one 16-15 with 7:21 left in the half before the Devils put some distance between them and their hosts with a 14-3 run to close out the half, taking a 29-18 lead at the break. The Devils defense held the Warriors without a field goal over the final 7:21 of the half.
A 10-5 run by the Warriors to open the second half cut the Devils lead to six 34-28 just four minutes in. Sciences then went on an 8-2 run getting two baskets from Kerr and buckets from Tyrone Mann-Barnes (Collingswood HS/Woodlynne, N.J.) and Patrick Connaghan (Chestnut Hill Academy/Warrington, Pa.). The Devils' lead was still eight at the 10:32 mark, 44-36 when Sciences began to pull away. Kerr started a 21-4 uprising by burying a triple with the shot clock expiring as the ball went through the net. DaSilva knocked down 12 points during this stretch including two "and-one's" while the Devils' defense kept the Warriors without a field goal for the entire run while producing their biggest lead 65-40 with 3:14 left. Nyack added a field goal; their only basket in the final 10:32 (1-12); and two free throws over the final 2:56 to make the final score 65-44.
Sciences doubled up the Warriors in the field goal department (28-14) and shot 53.8% to the hosts 31.1%. The Devils also held a 42-23 advantage on the boards. The Devils also turned in a nice 17/14 assist/turnover ratio (5/13 NC). Nyack meanwhile shot slightly better from the free throw line, making 13-23 (56.5%) (USci 6-11, 54.5%).
The Devils have a break for final exams and return to action on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 when they travel up I-95 to face Holy Family University in a CACC Southern Division clash. Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m.