College: Scranton Defeats Drew, 79-71
The University of Scranton went to the free throw line often Wednesday, converting 36 of 51 attempts in a 79-71 win over Drew in a key Landmark Conference men’s basketball game at the John Long Center.
The Royals (15-3 overall, 4-3 Landmark) tied for their fourth-most free throws made in a game and second-most attempts since 1979 to deal the first-place Rangers (14-4, 6-1) their first conference setback of the season.
Kyle DeVerna and Logan Bailey each scored 18 points to lead Scranton.
Matthew Mancuso added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and Jackson Danzig had 12 points.
Drew ran out to an 11-3 lead, holding Scranton without a field goal over the first 6:19 of the game before Jack Brockett hit a three-pointer from the corner to ignite a 19-5 surge that gave the Royals a 22-16 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
Scranton stretched it to 33-25 at the break as DeVerna completed a three-point play with 10 seconds remaining in the half.
Drew opened the second half with seven straight points to pull within one before the Royals went on a 12-0 run that pushed their lead to 45-32 with 14:47 remaining.
Scranton led by as many as 15 midway through the second half, but the Rangers pulled within 71-65 with two and a half minutes remaining.
The Royals closed the game by making the next five points from the free throw line.
Delaware Valley 99, Wilkes 90
At Wilkes-Barre, Mark Mullins led the Colonels with 24 points and seven rebounds in an MAC Freedom defeat.
Rob Pecorelli added 23 points and seven rebounds while Marcus Robinson had 17 points and Tommy Bowen had 15 points for the Colonels (12-6 overall, 4-3 Freedom).
Damian Washington led the Aggies with a game-high 26 points and five rebounds.
Cianciulli added 19 points, Mastinye contributed 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists, and Damani Myers provided 11 points. Robinson came off the bench to finish with 22 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes.
Wilkes returns to action Saturday when it travels to Eastern University for a MAC Freedom game set for a 3 p.m. tip-off in St. David’s, Pa.
Junior Emily Sheehan scored a team-high 14 points as the University of Scranton pulled away from host Drew in a 56-44 win in Landmark Conference action.
The Lady Royals (18-0 overall, 7-0 Landmark), who are ranked third in the D3hoops.com Top 25 and fourth in the WBCA Top 25, collected their 17th win of the year by double-digits.
Drew fell to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in the Landmark.
Leading by eight points at half, the Lady Royals opened the second half on a 7-0 run to open a 36-21 lead. They pushed it to 44-24 with 2:35 left.
Makenzie Mason had 11 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for the Lady Royals while Ava Gammo scored 10 points.
Gwynedd Mercy 85
At Scranton, the Griffins came back from a nine-point, second-half deficit to defeat the Pacers in an Atlantic East Conference game.
Kilie Wyers, who made four 3-pointer, scored a career-high 16 points and had five assists for the Pacers.
Natasha Hessling registered her 11th double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with four minutes remaining. Morgan Shamro hit four 3-pointers in the first half for 12 points. Cait Reilly finished with 13 points.
Alyssa Olson, who scored 12 points, matched a single-game school record with nine assists. It is the fourth time a Pacers player to reach nine assists, matching Gab Giordano (2019) and Alexa Gerchman (2015, 2016).
Keystone College fell to visiting Hunter College, 42-18, on Wednesday.
Colby Bronzburg and Alec Talanca each won by fall for the Giants (4-15). Bronzburg (149 pounds) pinned Jordan Gonzalez in 3:31 while Talanca (165) got his pin at :51 over Alexander Michelman.
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