INDIANA, Pa. – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team hung tight with Indiana (PA) – a team receiving votes in the national poll – for most of the first half, but the Crimson Hawks made a run right before halftime to help them pull away for a 80-57 win on Saturday afternoon.
USciences scored the first four points of the game and jumped out to a 10-5 advantage on a Brendan Crawford basket 4:48 into the action.
IUP then scored the next five points to begin a trend of five ties and five lead changes over the next 11:13.
University of the Sciences (3-3) led by as many as four, 20-16, when Brandon Starr made a 3-pointer at the 9:18 mark, and the Devils were still leading when Flo Da-Silva broke a tie with a layup to make the score 29-27 2:48 ahead of halftime.
Indiana would hold USciences scoreless the rest of the half though and a trifecta by the Crimson Hawks the next trip down the floor began a spurt of 11 straight points to end the half, giving IUP a 38-29 halftime lead.
Indiana (5-3) then scored the first six points out of the locker room on back-to-back triples to put a stamp on a 17-0 run and USciences could not pull within single digits the remainder of the second half, only getting as close as 11, 35-46, on a Crawford layup with 16:59 remaining.
Crawford led University of the Sciences with 14 points, which included making 4-of-5 free throws. He added three rebounds and two assists.
Will Gregorits was right behind Crawford with 12 points and also shot it well from the foul line, making 6-of-6. He has now made all 20 of his free throw attempts over the last four games.
Danny Kelly was also perfect from the line, a career-best 4-of-4, as USciences made 16-of-19 on the afternoon for an 84.2 percentage, the Devils' fifth-highest since the beginning of last season.
Gregorits was second on the team with five rebounds, two behind Da-Silva's game-high seven. Da-Silva also paced University of the Sciences with three steals to go along with six points and three assists.
Freshman Paddy Casey led the Devils with four assists, tying his season-high for the third straight game.
Fellow freshman Starr also tied his new season-bests with five points and four rebounds.
University of the Sciences continues its current four-game road-trip tomorrow, Nov. 26, with a 2:00 p.m. tip at Pitt-Johnstown.