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.
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.