Tuesday, February 20, 2018

No. 1 Wilkes Men’s Basketball Set to Host No. 4 Misericordia in MAC Freedom Semifinals Wednesday

WILKES-BARRE – The Wilkes University men’s basketball team earned the top-seed in the 2018 Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom (MAC Freedom) Championship and will host No. 4 seed Misericordia University Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in a semifinal matchup at the Marts Center.

Ticket prices set by the MAC office are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students (with ID), and children under six-years-old are free.

Live links for the game are provided below:
Audio - (Fox Sports Williamsport, Chris Del Sordo)
The Colonels finished the regular season with an 18-7 overall record and went 11-3 in the MAC Freedom to earn the top-seed in the conference tournament for the first time in 18 years. The berth in the conference tournament is the second in the past six seasons for Wilkes and the matchup with Misericordia marks just the second time the two programs will meet in the conference tournament. The Cougars won the previous meeting 65-46 in the 2011-12 Freedom Conference championship game. That season also marks the last time the Colonels hosted a semifinal game.
Wilkes swept the season series with Misericordia taking the first game in overtime 87-82 in Dallas, Pa. on January 24th. The second meeting went the Colonels way with an 86-72 victory at the Marts Center on February 10th. Including this season’s games, the Cougars hold the 6-4 edge in the series since the start of the 2013-14 season. Misericordia is the defending MAC Freedom champions and have won the conference three of the past six years.
This Izzi Metz led Colonels squad has racked up the most wins since the 2003-04 team went 18-9 overall. The Colonels’ plus 7.6 rebounding margin leads the conference and they are second in scoring defense allowing 69.2 points-per-game (ppg).
Wilkes is led by the scoring tandem of Rob Pecorelli and Marcus Robinson. Pecorelli ranks fourth in the conference with 14.8 ppg and Robinson is sixth with 14.5 ppg. Both players are among the conference leaders from three-point range as Robinson is third with 64 makes and Pecorelli is tied for fourth with 56. Robinson tied his season-high with 23 points in the home victory against Misericordia and added 10 points and nine rebounds in the overtime road win. Pecorelli nearly had a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists in the overtime game and scored 15 points in the home victory.
Mark Mullins also averages double figures with 12.3 ppg and is the conference’s fifth leading rebounder with 7.3 rebounds-per-game (rpg). He scored a team-high 21 points in the first meeting against the Cougars and added eight points and 14 rebounds the second time around.
Zach Brunner had two of his best games of the season against Misericordia. First he recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and then the senior forward scored his season-high of 20 points and added nine rebounds in the February meeting.
Misericordia finished the regular season with a 15-10 overall record and were in a three-way tie for second place in the MAC Freedom standings at 10-4. After the tiebreakers with Eastern University and DeSales University were determined the Cougars slid to the four seed. The Cougars are the conference leader in taking care of the ball with only 13.2 turnovers-per-game and share the basketball the best with 15.6 assists-per-game.
Jason Kenny leads the MAC Freedom with 20.0 ppg and a big part of his success has come from being able to get to the free-throw line where he is 160-of-197 for 81.2 percent this season. He is also tied for the conference lead with 3.7 assists-per-game. Kenny had games of 23 and 18 points against the Colonels this season.
Tre Fields (13.8 ppg), Tony Harding (12.1 ppg), and Noah Rivera (10.1 ppg) also score in double figures for Misericordia. Rivera is third in the conference with 7.6 rpg and Alec Rodway is the MAC Freedom leader with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Should the Colonels emerge victorious, Wilkes will host the winner of the semifinal between No. 2 Eastern and No. 3 DeSales inside the Marts Center on Saturday at a time to be determined.

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