DALLAS — They were looking first for Sean Bieski near the hoop. Wasn't there. The other option was freshman Jesse Urich in the corner. Didn't happen.
With the game still tied and the clock winding down to the final seconds, the Misericordia Cougars weren't able to get the looks they were hoping for. But like in their first three league games, they found a way to win anyway.
Senior Justin Grotevant was able to control a stubborn ball in the paint and somehow get off the winning lay-up with just three seconds left on Saturday, giving the Cougars a 65-63 win over FDU-Florham at the Anderson Center.
Guys kept their heads and made the right plays, Misericordia coach Trevor Woodruff said. And we were fortunate. … (Grotevant) initially fumbled it, and I considered taking a timeout – because we had one left – and just maybe getting a lob in or something. But he gathered it in time and we just played it out.
Fortunately it worked.
The Devils (6-8, 2-2) got the ball in the hands of streak-scorer Matt Williamson (game-high 22 points) on the final possession. But it was still stuck in his hands at the Cougars' end of the court when the final buzzer sounded.
The win kept the Cougars (8-7, 4-0) perfect in Freedom Conference play, setting up a marquee game on Wednesday on the road at fellow league unbeaten DeSales.
They got it done with a balanced attack, led by Steve Ware (18 points), Matt Greene (14), Grotevant (13) and Sean Bieski (13).
It was an especially big performance for senior Bieski, who rejoined the team a few weeks ago after missing the first semester schedule.
Back in the starting lineup but held scoreless in the opening 20 minutes, Bieski gave the Cougars a quick jolt to start the second.
Misericordia led just 27-25 at the break, but Bieski woke everyone up with a quick dunk, his first of two in the half. The Nanticoke grad added a pair of three-point plays and scored all 13 of his points in the second.
There's no question he has gotten back into the swing of things quickly, Woodruff said. It won't be the last time we go to him.
FDU-FLORHAM (63): Kevin Furlong 1-5 0-0 2, Nick Acito 2-8 0-0 4, Derek Hall 6-10 4-4 16, Trevor Sykes 2-10 0-0 6, Will Green 3-4 0-4 6, Andrew Stress 2-5 0-0 4, Mike Williamson 9-20 1-1 22, Matt Argudo 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 26-64 6-11 63.
MISERICORDIA (65): Sean Bieski 5-7 3-4 13, Jesse Urich 1-1 0-0 3, Matt Greene 6-12 0-0 14, Steve Ware 9-13 0-0 18, Justin Grotevant 5-10 2-3 13, Nate Samanns 0-0 0-0 0, Anthony Sergio 0-4 0-0 0, Patrick Widdoss 0-1 0-0 0, Cael Evans 1-2 2-6 4. Totals 27-50 7-13 65.
Halftime— Misericordia, 27-25
3-point field goals— FDU 5-21 (Williamson 3-8, Sykes 2-6, Furlong 0-2, Acito 0-2, Stress 0-3); MU 4-11 (Greene 2-6, Urich 1-1, Grotevant 1-1, Sergio 0-3)
Tyann McDaniel had her milestone and Misericordia had first place in sight.
The senior guard passed 1,000 career points in helping the Cougars carve out a lead midway through the fourth quarter in a battle of Freedom Conference unbeatens. But FDU-Florham was bringing a 12-game winning streak into the Anderson Center, and the Devils took control down the stretch to make it 13 in a row, earning a 66-59 victory Saturday.
It allowed the Devils (14-1, 4-0) to break an early tie atop the standings with the Cougars (7-5, 3-1) and move into sole possession of first place in the league.
McDaniel (14 points) had already picked up her honor before hitting two big buckets to tie things up at 53-53 with five minutes to play.
From there, the Devils ripped off the game's biggest run (9-0) as the Cougars couldn't convert on solid chances at the other end.
We had mental breakdowns and (FDU) also has really talented kids who at some point are going to break through, first-year Cougars coach Allison Kern said. They're a team that can take advantage of (mistakes).
Misericordia turned it over 16 times in the loss.
The Devils led by as many as eight points in the first half before Misericordia rallied to forge a 27-27 tie at the break.
It was Misericordia that had the energy out of the locker room, opening up its biggest lead of the day at six points. Lauren Smicherko (14 points) and Hannah Seely (10 points, 11 rebounds) joined McDaniel in double figures.
I'm happy for her – it's a big deal, Kern said of McDaniel hitting 1,000. I wish it would have come for her under better circumstances, but she's definitely earned it.
FDU-FLORHAM (66): Jalessa Lewis 1-4 2-2 4, Kyra Dayon 7-20 2-4 17, Delisha Thompson 8-18 3-5 19, Leigh-Ann Lively 0-3 0-0 0, Rachel Groom 0-3 0-0 0, Robin Peoples 0-1 0-0 0, Kamryn Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Kara Dayon 0-0 0-0 0, DeAnna D'Amico 0-0 0-0 0, Melissa DeHaas 7-14 0-0 14. Totals 27-70 11-16 66.
MISERICORDIA (59): Tyann McDaniel 7-14 0-0 14, Hannah Seely 2-5 6-6 10, Caitlin Kessler 3-7 0-0 6, Lauren Smicherko 4-16 5-7 14, Nikki Baro 0-3 1-2 1, Sam Baro 3-6 0-0 6, Kayla Sileo 2-6 0-0 4, Kristen Hansen 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 23-63 12-15 59.
Halftime— Tied, 27-27
3-point field goals— FDU 1-6 (Ky. Dayon 1-5, Lewis 0-1); MU 1-2 (Smicherko 1-1, McDaniel 0-1)
Manhattanville College erased a seven point halftime deficit to post a Freedom Conference victory over Wilkes University Saturday afternoon at the Marts Center,
Tyler Breznitsky led the way with a team-high 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting while Chris Shovlin followed with 11 points, three rebounds, and eight assists.
Entering its Freedom Conference matchup at Eastern University, the King's College men's basketball team fell at the hands ofthe host Eagles.
Matt Fiorino paced King's with 16 points while Kyle Hammonds finished with 12 points, five rebounds, and three assists and Tom Heston added 12 points with three boards.
Lindsay Atchison and Katlin Michaels combined for 47 points as the King's College women's basketball picked up an important Freedom Conference road victory in St. Davids.
Jennifer Fabian contributed with six points and 10 rebounds while Molly Dahl tallied six points and four boards.
The Wilkes University women's basketball team overcame an 11-point first half deficit to record the come from behind victory at the Marts Center.
The Lady Colonels were led by Megan Kazmerski's 29 points and 15 rebounds, both of which are new career highs as well as Elena Stambone's 16 points and Chelsea Brown's 13 points.
Matt Essington and Adam Grzech were both double-winners in defeat for the Cougars, as Grzech took the 100 free and Essington won the 200 free.
MU, 4-4, will host Scranton on Saturday.
The King's College men's swimming team battled to tie with Arcadia while dropping a 109-81 decision to Messiah on Saturday afternoon at Scandlon Pool.
Michael Sweeney tallied a pair of first place finishes for the Monarchs in the 100 yard freestyle and the 1,000 freestyle while Kyle Newton picked up a first place finish in the 100 yard backstroke.
Dani Blass and Breanna Grzech combined for seven wins as the Misericordia University women's swim team fell at Albright
Blass won the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM (2:17.39) while Grzech won the 100 back and 200 back.
Misericordia, 5-5, will host Scranton on Saturday.
The King's College women's swimming team split a tri-meet with Arcadia and Messiah at the Scandlon Pool.
The Lady Monarchs earned a 98-87 win over Arcadia while falling 160-41 against Messiah.
King's was led by a second place finish from Patricia Manning in the 100 yard backstroke while Caroline Fitch scored a third place finish in the 1,000 freestyle.