WILKES-BARRE – Rob Pecorelli scored a game-high 25 points and Zach Brunner pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the Wilkes University men's basketball team to an 86-64 victory over Clarks Summit University at the Marts Center on Tuesday evening. The Colonels improved to 6-2 on the season.
Wilkes held an early lead in the contest, jumping out to a 7-5 advantage through the first two-plus minutes, but the Defenders found their three-point stroke as they used a 16-7 run to take a 21-14 lead with 11:55 left in the first half.
The Colonels found their groove to close out the first half, outscoring Clarks Summit 29-13 over the remainder of the period to enter halftime with a 43-29 lead, retaking the advantage after Pecorelli's three-pointer at the 8:16 mark. Pecorelli led all scorers with 14 points in the half.
Wilkes continued to push its lead at the start of the second half, as Pecorelli started with an and-one layup, making the following free throw to start a 19-11 run to push its lead to 22 at 62-40 with 12:21 on the clock following a Tommy Bowen layup with an assist from Mason Gross.
The Colonels cruised to the victory as both teams scored 24 points over the final 12-plus minutes to reach the final.
Pecorelli paced Wilkes with his 25 points to go with a career-best five assists and three rebounds. Marcus Robinson added double-figures with 16 points and five rebounds while Brunner contributed six points and three assist to go with his 11 rebounds.
John McCloskey (seven rebounds) and Antwan Bradley each finished with 15 points to lead the Defenders. Preston Huckaby added 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Colonels hit a lull in the schedule, returning to action in two weeks on Tuesday, December 19th when they travel to Albright College for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference matchup.