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Men’s Basketball Holds Off Lincoln for Overtime Victory in Home-Opener

Credit: Madison Laplante
Credit: Madison Laplante

PHILADELPHIA – Will Gregorits helped the University of the Sciences men's basketball pull away from Lincoln for a 69-62 overtime victory in the Devils' home-opener on Sunday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena.

Gregorits scored seven of USciences' first eight points in the overtime period, including a 3-point play that sparked a 7-0 run over a span of 1:08 in the closing moments of the game.

Tied at 56 at the end of regulation, the senior broke a 57-57 tie with a layup 59 seconds into overtime before hitting two free throws.

After Lincoln answered with a basket, Gregorits' 3-point play put University of the Sciences ahead 64-59 with 1:34 to play.

The Devils got a defensive stop, and Paddy Casey made a layup to push the lead to seven before hitting two free throws with 26 seconds remaining.

Flo Da-Silva made a foul shot 10 seconds later to put an exclamation point on the run before Lincoln hit a 3-pointer to close out the scoring.    

That also put a stamp on Da-Silva's first career double-double as the senior scored 12 points to go along with game-highs of 11 rebounds and five assists. The 11 rebounds were one shy of a career-best.

He led a University of the Sciences rebounding effort that saw the Devils outrebound Lincoln 50-29, including 28-5 in the first half.

The 50 rebounds were the most by USciences since it had 50 in a win at Holy Family on Jan. 13, 2015 – a span of 75 games. 

Gregorits was one rebound shy of his third straight double-double as he scored 17 points, one point shy of Brendan Crawford's game-high 18. 

Gregorits shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the line, while Crawford made 7-of-10 from the field.

Notably, Gregorits moved into ninth in program history with 438 career defensive rebounds.

Casey made it four Devils in double-figures with 11 points to go along with four rebounds and a season-best four assists.

Notably, Michael Fox had career-highs of four rebounds and three points in six minutes. 

University of the Sciences built a game-high 14-point lead with 6:40 to go in the first half after Gregorits found Crawford for a layup to cap six unanswered and make the score 23-9.

Lincoln got within seven at the half, 32-25, but University of the Sciences reestablished a double-digit lead, 42-31, on two Da-Silva free throws 5:06 out of the locker room.  

From there, USciences would go scoreless for the next 8:06, and Lincoln took advantage with 14 consecutive points to take its first lead of the second half with 9:27 left.  

Crawford gave University of the Sciences its lead back, 48-47, with two free throws after a flagrant foul at the 4:41 mark, and the Devils took advantage of regaining the possession with a Da-Silva layup three seconds later.

Lincoln came right back and tied it with a 3-pointer on the next trip down the court, but Crawford made back-to-back jumpers to give USciences a 54-50 advantage with 3:12 to play.

Lincoln had the answer yet again with four straight points of its own, and the two teams traded baskets in the final minute to tie the score at 56.

University of the Sciences had a chance to win the game with two free throw attempts with just 0.4 seconds showing on the clock, but they were missed and the game went into overtime.

USciences is back on the road for the beginning of a four-game road-trip on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at St. Thomas Aquinas. Tip is set for 7 p.m.