Men’s Basketball Dominate on the Glass; Crawford Nets Career-High 23 in 82-69 Win at Nyack

Credit: Madison Laplante
Credit: Madison Laplante

NYACK, N.Y. – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team used a dominating rebounding performance, as well as a balanced offensive attack, to upend Nyack 82-69 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CCAC) action on Saturday afternoon.

USciences (14-12, 10-8 CACC) outrebounded the Warriors 52-19, with five Devils each recording a team-high eight boards, leading to a 24-7 edge in second chance points.

All five starters scored at least nine points, led by Brendan Crawford setting a new career-high with 23 on 7-of-10 shooting and 9-of-10 free throws. The junior added six rebounds.

Flo Da-Silva and Will Gregorits were not far behind with 16 points and eight rebounds each.

Both seniors also shot 8-of-9 from the free throw line as University of the Sciences made 27-of-31 as a team, 87.1 percent, for its most made foul shots in a game since making 29 in a win at Southern Connecticut State on Dec. 20, 2015.

Da-Silva also had team-highs of four assists, two steals and two blocks, the latter of which was a new career-best.

Brandon Starr contributed 12 points and three rebounds, while fellow freshman Paddy Casey rounded out the starting five with nine points.

Casey also neared his first career double-double by tying his career-highs with eight rebounds and four assists. 

It was not all the starting lineup as Tanner Kerr was the fourth Devils with eight boards, tying his career-best in 19 minutes off the bench.

Starr scored the first five points of the game and University of the Sciences led wire-to-wire, although Nyack got as close as one, 15-14, with 10:54 remaining in the first half.

USciences responded with the next seven points, but the Warriors were able to pull within two later, 27-25, with 3:30 showing.

University of the Sciences then ended the first half on a 11-2 surge, with Da-Silva pouring in the first five points. Gregorits had the next four, before he found Beni Toure for a jumper 31 seconds ahead of the break to give the Devils a 38-28 advantage at the half.

Nyack could only get as close as nine, 40-31, 1:51 into the second half, but USciences quickly put an end to any potential comeback with the next seven points.

University of the Sciences takes a week off before closing out its 2017-18 regular season with a 1 p.m. tip next Saturday, Feb. 24 at Chestnut Hill.