WILMINGTON, Del. – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team lost its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest of the campaign, 76-52, at Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday night.
Will Gregorits had his fifth double-digit rebounding output in the last six games with a game-high 11 and added a team-best 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting for his sixth double-double of the season and fourth in the previous six contests.
With seven defensive rebounds and four offensive rebounds, the senior made his way up the record book in both categories as he is now sixth in program history with 492 career defensive rebounds and tied for eighth all-time with 223 career offensive rebounds.
Gregorits helped University of the Sciences (8-5, 4-1 CACC) outrebound Goldey-Beacom (7-7, 3-2) 41-30 and the Devils outshot the Lightning 52.6-44.1 percent in the first half, but USciences still found itself down 15 points at the half thanks in large part to 12 turnovers.
The Devils turned the ball over 23 times on the night, compared to Goldey-Beacom's four, and as a result were outscored 32-3 in points off turnovers.
JJ Melchior had his second straight double-digit scoring performance with 12 points, two shy of the career-high he set on Saturday at Wilmington.
Flo Da-Silva recorded a game-high five assists to go along with five rebounds.
University of the Sciences held three early leads as the two teams traded five lead changes in the opening 6:07.
A Gregorits layup put the Devils on top 8-7 4:38 into the action before Goldey-Beacom rattled off seven straight, capped by two 3-pointers, to take a lead it would not relinquish.
Trailing by as many as nine, USciences was able to get as close as two, 21-23, with seven straight of its own as Gregorits made a basket and Melchior nailed a 3-pointer, before Da-Silva's layup with 6:22 to go in the first half.
The Lightning had an immediate answer though, scoring 10 unanswered to spark a 15-2 surge to over the final 5:03 to take the 15-point advantage into the locker room.
University of the Sciences got as close as 11 on four separate occasions but could not make it a single-digit game in the second half.
Despite the result, first place in the CACC South will be up for grabs when the Devils host first-place Jefferson on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.