Sciences Pulls Away Late From Men's Basketball, 75-69
RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The University of the Sciences turned a tie game with four minutes remaining into a 75-69 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over host Felician College on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.
Felician junior David Williamson (Bronx, NY/Wings Academy) knocked down a pair of free throws to knot the contest at 62-62 with 4:02 to play in regulation. The Devils then embarked on a 11-2 run for a nine-point lead at the 1:22 mark. Golden Falcon senior John Tello (Ridgefield Park, NJ/Ridgefield Park) scored the game's next five points to keep the hosts alive. But with U-Sciences ahead 74-69 and the shot clock off, Devil freshman sensation Garret Kerr (Moorestown, NJ/Middle Township) made a steal to seal the victory.
Kerr, who leads NCAA Division II in rebounding and double-doubles, padded both of those totals. He registered 30 points and 18 rebounds for his 17th consecutive double-double, leading the Devils (4-18, 2-12 CACC) to a 38-25 rebounding advantage. Felician junior Anthony D. Green (Jersey City, NJ/Snyder) nailed six three-point field goals, one shy of the school record, en route to a career-high 22 points for the Golden Falcons, and Tello had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists.
U-Sciences led by as many as 12 points in the opening period and 33-25 at halftime. With the Devils ahead 38-25 and 18:55 left in the contest, Felician used full-court pressure defense to force several turnovers and spearhead a 20-8 run for a one-point lead. The teams then stayed within two possessions of each other until U-Sciences' late spurt.
The Devils shot 55 percent for the day and outscored Felician, 26-12, at the foul line. Tyrone Mann-Barnes (Woodlyne, NJ/Collingswood) netted 17 points for U-Sciences. Williamson finished with eight points and five rebounds for Felician (6-16, 3-11).