PHILADELPHIA – Going to the line up two with 10 seconds remaining, Paddy Casey hit two clutch free throws that turned out to be the game-winning points in the University of the Sciences men's basketball team's 72-71 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Holy Family on Tuesday night.
Trailing by five, 61-66, entering the final minute and a half of play, twice Holy Family made it a single possession game only to have USciences answer with baskets by Brendan Crawford and Flo Da-Silva, the second one beating the shot clock buzzer with just 21 seconds to play.
Holy Family came back with a layup nine seconds later making it a two-point game once more and after a timeout, fouled Casey. The freshman kept his composure by making both ends of the one-and-one, which proved to be important when the Tigers beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer.
Crawford was the star of the night, pouring in 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting to fall just point shy of his career-high. His seven rebounds and three assists were also both one shy of season-bests.
Gregorits added four rebounds to move into 10th in program history with 748 for his career.
Starr made 3-of-6 3-pointers, while setting a new season-best with five rebounds to go along with three assists.
Notably, Brandon Hathaway set new career-highs with eight points, including making 2-of-3 trifectas, and two assists in just eight minutes.
Da-Silva fell one rebound shy of his third consecutive double-digit rebounding output, while adding a game-high six assists as well as five points and two steals.
Casey finished the night with eight points, five rebound and two assists.
University of the Sciences' 21 assists as a team were its second-most this season, as all nine Devils to play recorded at least one.
Each team held a double-digit lead in the first half as Holy Family jumped out to a 22-12 advantage just 10:21 into play, only to have USciences respond with a 22-1 run over the next 7:54.
Two free throws by Gregorits with 1:45 showing capped 17 unanswered to make the score 34-23, but Holy Family closed the half on a 6-2 flurry to make it a seven-point game entering the locker room.
University of the Sciences led by as many as nine three times early in the second half, but the Tigers came all the way back to tie the score at 50 with 7:39 remaining.
That was the first of two ties, the second coming 55 seconds later after the Devils had taken the lead back.
A Gregorits layup the next trip down the floor followed by a Starr triple helped USciences reestablish control, and the Devils would lead the remainder of the contest despite Holy Family getting within a single possession seven different times, including four times in the final 1:25.
University of the Sciences' next two games will be on the road, beginning with a 3 p.m. tip at Felician on Saturday, Jan. 20.