PHILADELPHIA – Paddy Casey's three-point play with 16 seconds remaining broke a 56-56 tie and turned out to be the eventual game-winner in a dramatic, 61-58 come-from-beyond Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory in which the Devils trailed by nine to Georgian Court with eight and a half minutes to play on Tuesday night.
Casey also made a 3-pointer 40 seconds earlier to tie the score at 56.
Flo Da-Silva forced a steal on the ensuing possession to set up the opportunity for the Devils to take their first lead of more than one point since the 11:37 mark of the first half.
Georgian Court did manage to make it a one-point game with four seconds left and had two chances to tie the score after USciences went 1-of-2 from the line twice, but the Devils stole the first inbounds pass before watching a desperation 3-point attempt fall short.
University of the Sciences closed the game on a 23-11 run after Georgian Court took a 47-38 advantage with 8:37 to play. The Devils chipped away with five straight points before a Lions 3-pointer reestablished a six-point cushion at the 5:37 mark.
USciences responded with seven straight points this time though, capping a 13-3 surge to take its first lead since the opening minute of the second half, 51-50, when Brandon Starr mad two free three with 3:45 showing.
The game was played within two points for the next 2:36 until Georgian Court made a jumper to make the score 56-53 with 1:09 remaining, 13 seconds before Casey hit his game-tying 3-pointer.
Casey led four Devils in double-figures, scoring 13 of his team-best 15 points in the second half.
Da-Silva and Crawford were right behind him with 13 apiece, with Da-Silva adding a game-high 11 rebounds – as well as a team-best four assists and a game-high four steals - for his second career double-double.
Will Gregorits fell one rebound shy of his fifth double-double of the season with 10 points. Five of his nine rebounds were offensive, which moved him into ninth in program history with 213 for his career.
The senior was a main reason University of the Sciences outscored Georgian Court 14-4 in second chance points. The Devils also forced 20 Tigers turnovers that led to 20 points and made 25 free throws, their second-most in a contest in their last 45 games dating back to the 2015-16 season.
Beni Toure added five points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Starr contributed four points and three rebounds off the bench.
University of the Sciences built its largest lead of the game, 14-9, just 6:10 into the action, but Georgian Court scored the next eight points and the Lions would lead throughout the remainder of the half until Gregorits gave the Devils a 29-28 advantage heading into the break.
Georgian Court would make a basket 12 seconds into the second half and aside from one tie, the Lions would lead until Starr made his two free throws at the 3:45 mark.
University of the Sciences is back at home on Saturday, Dec. 9 when it hosts Chestnut Hill in a CACC matchup at 3 p.m.