BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Paddy Casey's 3-pointer from nearly 30 feet away at the buzzer gave the University of the Sciences men's basketball team its first win of the season in the most thrilling fashion, as the Devils knocked off Southern Connecticut State 69-67 on Sunday afternoon at Bridgeport.
The buzzer-beater capped a comeback that saw USciences trailing by as many as nine, 32-41, just 4:55 into the second half, as well as 50-56 with 7:37 to play.
It took less than a minute for the Devils to tie it though, as Casey hit a triple the next trip down the court before Tanner Kerr converted a three-point play with 6:41 remaining.
The game stayed within two points, with University of the Sciences never able to take the lead, until SCSU hit a 3-pointer to go up 67-63 with just 1:06 go.
Once again it was Casey with the answer in the form of a trifecta, before three fouls and two Southern Connecticut timeouts led to an Owls free throw with eight second showing.
Brendan Crawford grabbed the rebound off the miss and threw an outlet to Casey, who would go on to play the role of hero.
That capped a performance in which the sophomore led all players with 19 points. He also had a game-high five steals, a new career-best, while also contributing five rebounds, three assists and a career-high two blocks.
Crawford also produced multiple game and career-highs with five assists and four blocks, to go along with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Jordan White came off the bench to score 14 points, which included 4-of-7 3-pointers, and grab five rebounds in just 13 minutes.
Casey's game-winner was USciences first lead since the opening minutes of the second half, as the Devils actually took a 28-26 advantage into the locker room. This came after the Devils trailed by as many as eight, 5-13, just 5:31 into the action.
It was White who sparked a surge late in the half, as the redshirt-freshman made three consecutive triples to give University of the Sciences just their second lead, 25-23, 1:17 ahead of the break.
Starr then made it four in a row with a trifecta of his own to give the Devils their largest advantage of the afternoon, 28-23, 38 seconds later.
University of the Sciences hosts Kutztown for its home-opener this Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.