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Men’s Basketball Takes Two-of-Three CACC Weekly Awards

Men’s Basketball Takes Two-of-Three CACC Weekly Awards

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team received two of the three weekly awards the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) released on Monday after the Devils posted two comeback wins over Georgian Court and Chestnut Hill last week to remain unbeaten in league play.

Paddy Casey was named the CACC Rookie of the Week for the second week in a row, while Flo Da-Silva received the CACC Defensive Player of the Week award for the second time this season.

Casey converted the game-winning three-point play with 16 seconds remaining to complete the comeback over Georgian Court before tallying a career-high 18 points in the triumph over Chestnut Hill. For the week, he averaged 16.5 points as well as 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks.

Casey's game-winning three-point play on Tuesday broke a 56-56 tie and capped a comeback that saw USciences trailing by nine with eight and a half minutes to play. He had also made a 3-pointer just 40 seconds earlier to tie the score at 56.

The clutch scoring capped a performance in which the freshman scored 13 of his team-best 15 points in the second half. He added three rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist.

Casey was even better on Saturday as he scored 12 of his game and career-high 18 points during a 24-2 run that erased a 12-point deficit with 10:13 remaining. In addition to the 18 points, he also matched his career-best with four steals and recorded three assists and a block.

Da-Silva posted back-to-back double-doubles, the second and third of his career, as he averaged 14.5 points – on 11-of-17 shooting - and 10.5 rebounds per game while also totaling 11 steals and eight assists. If not for falling one rebound shy of one in the CACC-opening victory over Holy Family, the senior would have double-doubles in all three conference games thus far.

Da-Silva led all players with 11 rebounds and four steals while adding 13 points and four assists for his second career double-double in the Tuesday's victory over Georgian Court. It was his steal that set up Casey's eventual game-winning three-point play that gave USciences its first lead since midway through the first half.

Steals were then a common theme for Da-Silva in the comeback over Chestnut Hill as the senior tied a new career-high with seven, tied for the fourth-most in the NCAA this season. The seven steals meant he approached triple-double numbers as he also added 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a team-best four assists and a block.

Da-Silva played a crucial role in leading a comeback that saw University of the Sciences close the game on a 26-6 run after trailing by as many as 15 in the first half. It was his basket that gave the Devils their first lead, 53-52, with 4:03 left and then after Casey made a jumper, he made a fastbreak layup that put the Devils up five just 1:06 later.

USciences (7-3, 3-0 CACC South) currently stands in a tie for first in the CACC South, and it received a vote in the D2SIDA Men's Basketball East Region Media Poll released on Monday. The Devils will look for their first five-game win streak since winning a school record 14 straight in Feb. and March of 2015 when they return from finals week for their non-conference-finale at Southern Connecticut State on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m.