Garret Kerr has been among the best Division II basketball players in the country, but he added something to his glossy resumé Thursday - a giant-killing three-pointer against a Division I program.
Kerr took a pass from teammate T-John Casiello and drilled a high-arching three from the right wing with 2.1 seconds left to give the University of the Sciences a 54-52 win over Drexel in a stunner at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
It was the first time the 6-foot-4 senior from Middle Township, N.J., and the son of former Flyers star Tim Kerr, played against a Division I team, and the first win by the Devils over Drexel in 10 games.
"I don't usually shoot with that much arc, but once I let it go, it did feel pretty good," said Kerr, who scored 27 points and is averaging 24.5. "I was watching, watching, watching it, and it felt like it was in the air 15 seconds."
Drexel's final chance, a three-point attempt from beyond half-court by Damion Lee, was way off, and the Devils began celebrating.
Coach Bruiser Flint was his typically candid self in assessing the defeat for the 2-5 Dragons.
"Honestly, I would have felt bad if [Kerr] missed it, because we didn't deserve to win the game," Flint said. "Those guys played harder than us and tougher than us, they really did."
Also playing a key role in the upset was Sho Da-Silva, a 6-3 junior from Bishop Eustace, who scored 15 points off the bench.
It was the second Division II win against a Division I team this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Alaska-Anchorage beat Rice, 65-64, on Saturday.
Lee led Drexel with 17 points. Center Sooren Derboghosian, who had five points and seven rebounds in his first six games, added nine points and seven rebounds off the bench.
A layup by Lee with 26 seconds left gave Drexel a 52-51 lead. Sciences coach Dave Pauley elected not to call a timeout.
"We don't want them to really talk about it," Pauley said of the Dragons. "I have enough confidence in these guys to just go ahead."
Kerr showed why.
"I thought we had a really good effort matching their physicality," Kerr said. "This was a good win."