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Casey and Gregorits Help Men’s Basketball Pull Away from Concordia

Credit: Madison LaPlante
Credit: Madison LaPlante

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – After 17 lead changes and five ties in the opening 25 minutes, the University of the Sciences men's basketball led for the final 14:57 in a big 81-73 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Concordia on Saturday afternoon.

After Tanner Kerr's layup to make the score 48-47 provided the game's final lead change Concordia got within one twice on back-to-back possessions, the second time coming with 6:37 remaining.

Paddy Casey had the first answer, nailing a 3-pointer, before a Will Gregorits basket put USciences on top 65-62 with 6:19 remaining.

After a Flo Da-Silva steal, Casey nailed a triple on the ensuing possession to make it a two-possession game for good.

That summed up the afternoon as Casey and Gregorits combined for 44 points on 18-of-22 shooting.  The duo helped University of the Sciences shoot 53.4 percent (31-of-58), the Devils' second-highest percentage this season, which included 6-of-12 from beyond the arc to fall one make shy of a season-best. 

Casey's 22 points and 4-of-5 3-pointers were both new career-highs, while Gregorits' 20 were two shy of a season-best.

Casey also led USciences with three assists and added four rebounds, while Gregorits had six rebounds and two assists.

One of Gregorits' rebounds was offensive, which moved the senior into seventh in the program's record book with 248 for his career.

Da-Silva recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. He also led all players with three steals.

Brandon Starr added 10 points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting off the bench, including making both of his 3-point attempts. 

Kerr fell one point shy of his career-high with seven, to go along with five rebounds and a career-best two blocks.

Beni Toure contributed seven rebounds, as University of the Sciences outrebounded Concordia 42-30.

Despite Concordia scoring the first five points of the game, neither team led by more than two possessions as there were 11 lead changes and four ties in the first 20 minutes.

There were then seven lead changes and a tie in the opening 5:03 of the second half.

University of the Sciences (12-10, 8-6 CACC) will look to carry momentum into its next game on Wednesday, Feb. 7 when it travels to take on CACC South leader Jefferson for an 8 p.m. tip. The Devils defeated the Rams 64-54 earlier this season on Jan. 6.