Rob Pecorelli went 5-for-7 from 3-point range Wednesday night while scoring 29 points and leading Wilkes University to an 81-78 victory over Misericordia University in the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom men’s basketball opener for both teams.
Wilkes went 11-for-22 from long range to improve to 6-1.
Misericordia drops to 4-3.
The game matched Wilkes, which finished first in the 2017-18 regular season, against Misericordia, which won the MAC Freedom postseason championship and entered this season as the favorite in a coaches poll.
Wilkes did damage from beyond the arc right from the start.
Pecorelli’s 3-pointer gave the Colonels an 11-8 lead less than four minutes into the game. Wilkes then used three 3s in an 11-2 run for a 25-15 lead near the midway point in the half.
The largest lead of the half was 32-21 with 7:40 left.
Pecorelli had all five of his 3s in the first half when Wilkes made nine, but Misericordia managed to get back within 42-41 at the break.
Wilkes went back up as much as 56-46 with 12:32 left and took the game’s biggest lead at 66-52 less than four minutes later.
Marc Mullins added 18 points. Marcus Robinson and Connor Evans had 10 each.
Stone McCreary was 7-for-12 on 3-pointers while leading Misericordia with 27 points.
Noah Rivera had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Lakeland graduate Tony Harding had 13 points while Mid Valley graduate Jason Kenny had 11.
In other men’s games, Eastern University defeated King’s College, 87-76; the University of Scranton remained unbeaten with an 87-68 victory at York College; Penn State Wilkes-Barre downed Penn State Brandywine, 105-69; and Penn State York routed Penn State Scranton, 116-86.
Darius Washington returned home to Wilkes-Barre to lead Eastern University to its win in another MAC opener.
The senior guard from Holy Redeemer, who also spent a season at Misericordia, scored 25 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, made 3 steals and dished out 3 assists.
Washington went 5-for-9 on 3-pointers and 8-for-10 from the foul line. He is averaging 20 points for Eastern, which is 6-1 overall with its only loss coming in overtime.
Victor Pena scored 18 points and Michael Bowers 16 in the win.
Freshman Kevin Hunter came off the bench to score 18 for King’s.
Tyler Millan added 15 points. Andrew Hudak had 6 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.
Eastern opened a 69-44 lead after Washington scored 14 of his points during a 24-7 run over six minutes in the middle of the second half.
King’s fell to 1-6.
Jackson Danzig and Matthew Mancuso each scored 20 points and made other contributions as Scranton reached 7-0 for the first time since the 1991-92 season.
That team won its first 20 games and finished 25-3.
Danzig, a freshman from Abington Heights, went 8-for-15 from the floor, including 4-for-8 on 3-pointers to produce his scoring high. He also shared the team lead with seven assists.
Mancuso made all six free throw attempts and went 7-for-10 from the floor. He grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds, including 12 on the defensive end.
The Royals raced out to a 13-2 lead, which it built to 46-31 at halftime.
Scranton Prep graduate Logan Bailey and Kyle DeVerna each added 14 points in the win.
Ben Bosland had seven points, six rebounds and seven assists off the bench. Hazleton Area graduate Nolan Genasevich had 5 points in 11 minutes.
Jheron Dawson-Johnson, Jordan Williams and GAR graduate Kahlil White all finished with 16 points for Penn State Wilkes-Barre, which opened a 51-26 lead at halftime.
Davaughn Roberts had 12 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals.
Penn State York placed seven players, including five reserves, in double figures in scoring against Penn State Scranton.
PSU-York had a 53-30 rebounding advantage.
Scranton High graduate Cameron Jordan led PSU-Scranton with 20 points. Arel Lamour added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
In women’s games: unbeaten Misericordia broke away late for a 78-54 victory over Wilkes; and King’s jumped out early in an 88-59 victory over Eastern; Penn State Scranton edged Penn State York, 65-64, in overtime; Penn State Brandywine downed Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 68-43; Davis defeated Penn State Hazleton, 94-70; and Notre Dame of Maryland beat Clarks Summit University, 59-33.
The Cougars led 55-47 after three quarters, then outscored the Colonels, 23-7, in the fourth quarter.
Tessa Zamolyi had seven of her nine points during the fourth quarter.
Japriya Carroll finished with 18 points. Western Wayne graduate Rachel Carmody had 12 points and 9 rebounds while Paige Wampole had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Misericordia.
Jordan Barth also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Mid Valley graduate Erica Haefele had six points and three assists.
Wilkes was led by Nanticoke graduate Gianna Roberts with 14 points and Dallas graduate Maddie Kelley with 12.
The MAC Freedom-opening win makes Misericordia 8-0 overall. Wilkes, which was also playing its conference opener, falls to 3-6.
King’s (6-2) ran out to a 28-13 lead after one quarter.
Freshman Samantha Rajza scored 10 of her 23 points in the quarter. She hit two 3-point shots and converted a three-point play while Mackenzie Yori also had both a 3-point basket and a three-point play in the first 10 minutes.
Emily Kriston, another freshman, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the 15-point lead after one quarter.
Holy Redeemer graduates Rajza and Rebecca Prociak combined for 47 points and 20 rebounds.
Prociak, the reigning MAC Freedom Player of the Week, finished with team-highs of 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists.
Yori, a Hazleton Area graduate, added 18 points while Alexis Steeber from Berwick had 14.
Penn State Scranton overcame a 13-point, second-quarter deficit to post its first win of the season.
North Pocono graduate Sarah Kaneski scored 17 points to lead PSU-Scranton.
Tabitha Boyd, a freshman from Wallenpaupack, hit the two free throws that forced overtime. She finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Jenna Pacella created the overtime lead with back-to-back, breakaway layups and finished with 12 points.
Hanover Area graduate Genesis Rodriguez had 14 points and 8 rebounds for Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
Mckenzie Prutsman led Penn State Hazleton in its loss, scoring 25 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
Hazleton Area graduates Kendra Pfeil (18 points, 6 rebounds) and Lauren Pataki (13 points, 7 rebounds) also contributed in both categories.
Clarks Summit remained winless with the loss in the Colonial States Athletic Conference game.
Randie Traxler had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals in the loss.