Setters B-Ball Falls at Home to Adelphi

The Pace basketball teams are gearing up for their final home game of the season Saturday.

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Pleasantville, N.Y.-The Setters fell to the Panthers of Adelphi University in overtime of conference action on Wednesday, 65-57.  The Setters fall to 13-11 overall and 11-9 in the Northeast-10 Conference while the Panthers advance to 13-11 overall and 10-10 in the conference.

Brittany Shields (Cold Spring, NY / Haldane) led the Setters with a double-double in 18 points on 7-12 shooting, 12 rebounds and added three assists.  Jessica Scannell (Cork, Ireland / St. Vincent's) tallied 15 points, five assists, five steals and three rebounds while Margo Hackett(Pawling, NY / Pawling) finished with 11 points and three rebounds. 

Jessica Kitrys led the Panthers with 30 points and 14 rebounds.  Sade Jackson bulked up the box score with seven points, seven assists, six rebounds four steals and three blocks.  Tara Flynn contributed 12 points. 

The two teams shot similarly throughout the game as Pace finished shooting 39.3% from the field, 29.4% from three-point range and 100% from the free-throw line while the Panthers shot 40.7% from the field, 28.6% from the outside and 73.3% from the line.  Both teams also had 28 points scored in the paint but the Panthers out-shot the Setters 21-14 off of turnovers and 25-0 from the bench. 

Adelphi took a lead early into overtime and took their largest lead of the game, by eight,  as the Setters were over the foul limit and sent the Panthers to the line three times in the final minute of overtime.  The Panthers converted five of those six shots to solidify the win, 65-57. 

The Setters came out hot the second half taking their largest lead of the game within the first four minutes, 34-23.  The Panthers slowly worked at minimizing the point differential and were able to come within one point halfway through the second half.  The Panthers took their first lead of the game with 8:31 to go in regulation but the Setters would see the lead again on a jumper fromAllison Cleary (New Windsor, NY / Cornwall Central) at 7:33. The Panthers would take that lead back but the teams would see four tie scores to end regulation and go into overtime, 55-55. 

The first half was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams but the Setters were able to hold a slight advantage, by four points or less, throughout most of the half.  The Setters took their largest lead on a triple from Scannell with 4:08 to go in the half, 22-16.  The Panthers showed effort to make a comeback but Shields converted on a layup with 00:09 which allowed the Setters to go into halftime ahead 26-21.

The Setters will host the Greyhounds of Assumption College for senior day on Saturday, February 23 for a 1:30 pm conference match-up.



PLESANTVILLE, N.Y.- Denzel Primus-Devonish (Riverdale, MD/St. John's College) became the 16th member of Pace's 100-steal club as the men's basketball team fell to the Panthers of Adelphi University 67-55 in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Setters fall to 9-15 overall and 6-14 in the NE-10, while the Panthers improve to 13-13 and 10-10 in conference play.

The teams battled back and forth in the first seven minutes of play as the Setters held a slim 9-8 lead at the 13:44 mark. Adelphi used a 9-2 run to push out to a 19-11 lead with 8:57 left in the opening half as the Panthers held a 23-15 advantaged at the 7:31 mark. The Setters used a 7-1 burst to pull to within two points at 24-22 with 6:26 to play in the half. The run was capped by Primus-Devonish's 100th and he went coast-to-coast for a lay-up to pull Pace to within a pair. The Panthers raced to halftime with a 14-2 run as Adelphi took a 38-24 lead into halftime.

Adelphi extended the halftime lead at as much as 21 points six minutes into the second half. The Setters slowly chipped away as got as close as 10 points twice in the final five minutes of play.Jonathan Merceus (Union, NJ/Union) netted a put-back dunk at the 4:26 mark to close to with 55-45, while Jaylen Mann's (Youngstown, OH/Liberty) triple at the 2:24 mark kept the score at 10 points at 60-50. Adelphi held the Setters off down the stretch to take the win.

For Pace, Primus-Devonish led the Setters with 19 points, two assists and three steals to join the 100-steal club. Merceus tallied 14 points and eight rebounds, while Keon Williams (Hackensack, NJ/Hackensack/Iona College) finished with eight points and six boards.

The Setters return to action on Saturday, February 20 as Pace will host the Greyhounds of Assumption College in an NE-10 match-up at 3:30 pm. Prior to the game, the team's two seniors will be recognized for the careers in a Pace uniform.


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