WILMINGTON, Del. – For the second night in a row, the University of the Sciences men's basketball team posted a near wire-to-wire win as it defeated NYIT 79-67 on Saturday night to win for the second straight night to begin its season.
Once again, USciences surrendered the first basket less than 20 seconds into the game, only to go on to score the next eight points and lead the rest of the night.
After back-to-back Brendan Crawford jumpers, Beni Toure and Will Gregorits each scored a basket to put University of the Sciences ahead 8-2 just 2:14 into the contest, and the Devils would lead throughout the remainder of the night.
NYIT scored on the next trip down the court and the game was played within four points, with the Bears getting as close as one, until five unanswered capped by a Gregorits free throw made the score 23-17 with 8:53 left in the first half.
The lead reached a first half high-nine, 36-27, when Paddy Casey made a layup 1:04 before the break.
NYIT scored to make it a seven-point game going into the half and got as close as five twice early in the second half, but University of the Sciences had the answer each time.
With the score at 44-39 with 16:06 remaining, USciences began a 10-3 run behind six points from Crawford. His layup gave the Devils a 54-42 advantage with 12:57 to play.
NYIT would not closer than seven the remainder of the contest, as University of the Sciences closed out the evening by making 13-of-18 free throws in the final 3:01.
The Devils made 26 free throws on the night, their most in a game since making 26 on Feb. 3, 2016.
Gregorits made a team-best eight of those free throws as he poured in 22 points and fell one rebound shy of his career-best with a game-high 16 rebounds for a double-double.
University of the Sciences outrebounded NYIT 44-32.
After falling one point shy of his career-high with 18 on Friday, Crawford also had 22 as the two combined for 44 points of USciences' 79 points.
Casey was also in double-figures with 12, to go along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Da-Silva did all for the second night in a row with nine points, seven rebounds and team-highs of seven assists and three steals.
University of the Sciences closes out its season-opening three-game road-trip at Kutztown on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.