PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team fought and clawed its way back from a 13-0 deficit, but could never come completely back to tie the game or take the lead in an eventual 47-40 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) defeat to Caldwell on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena.
Dominican scored the first 13 points of the game in 3:44 but would only score 11 the remainder of the 16:14, allowing USciences to get as close as three, 17-20, with 6:52 to play in the first. The Cougars quickly responded with the next four points in 1:06 though, and neither team would score the remainder of the half.
University of the Sciences (11-9. 7-5 CACC) scored the first basket of the second 19 seconds into the half and the game would be played within two possessions until there were just 13 seconds remaining.
USciences got within one three times, including when Brendan Crawford made two free throws to make the score 34-35 with 8:01 to play.
Each time Caldwell (10-11, 7-5) had an answer but the lead was still just two, 41-39, when Paddy Casey nailed a 3-pointer with 1:23 showing. This time the Cougars came back with four straight points, all but sealing the game as University of the Sciences could manage just one point in the final minute.
Casey was one point shy of double-figures with nine, to go along with three assists.
The only Devil to reach double-figures was Will Gregorits, who fell one rebound shy of his 10th double-double of the season with a game-high 14 points – 12 of which came in the second half – on 6-of-9 shooting.
Flo Da-Silva had a game-high six assists to move into up four positions into eighth in program history with 308 for his career. He also led all players with two steals and added eight rebounds and four points.
Tanner Kerr also grabbed eight boards, a new career-best.
University of the Sciences outrebounded Caldwell 44-32 but could not overcome a 23.6 percent shooting performance (13-of-55).
USciences hosts Wilmington, who is one game ahead of the Devils in the standings, in a crucial CACC South matchup this Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.