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Men’s Basketball Battles at Kutztown; Loses First Game of Season, 88-81

Men’s Basketball Battles at Kutztown; Loses First Game of Season, 88-81

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team held a seven-point lead in the first half, as well as two second half leads, but Kutztown pulled away from the Devils for a hard-fought 88-81 win on Wednesday night in Keystone Arena.

Flo Da-Silva's game-high 24 points matched his career-best. He also led all players with eight assists, while approaching a triple-double with eight rebounds. 

He added four steals to move into fourth in program history with 159 for his career.

Will Gregorits recorded his second straight double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. He was one rebound shy of a double-double in the first half, and helped USciences to a 17-10 advantage in second chance points.  

The Devils also had a 21-13 edge in points off turnovers.

Paddy Casey was the third Devil in double-figures with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including making 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Beni Toure was next up with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, while Tanner Kerr added four points and four rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench.

It was eight straight points, with the first four coming from Casey, that put University of the Sciences ahead 26-19 after a Gregorits layup with 8:23 remaining in the first half.

The Devils were still leading late into the half until Kutztown closed play with the final 10 points to take a 41-34 advantage into the break.

After the Golden Bears scored the first basket of the second, University of the Sciences made its second half run with a 14-4 surge to take the first of its two second half leads, 48-47 on a Casey 3-pointer at the 13:43 mark.

Da-Silva also put them up 50-49 25 seconds later.

Kutztown scored the next five points and would lead the rest of the night.

The game was still within a single possession, 59-56 with eight and a half minutes left, until it was yet another five-point run that helped the Golden Bears make it a two-possession game for good.

USciences got as close as four with five consecutive points of their own when Da-Silva made two free throws with 4:23 to go, but Kutztown responded one final time with five in a row to all but close out the victory.

University of the Sciences next takes the court for its home-opener against Lincoln on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m.