Jack DeGroot scored 27 points to lead six Marywood University players in double figures Tuesday night when the Pacers posted their first win of the season, 92-88, over host Centenary University.
Adam Boussatta (15), Donovan Catchings (14), Tom DiFilippo (11), Joey Monaghan (11) and Matt McKenna (11) were the other double-figure scorers.
Marywood hit more than half its shots in the second half, including going 5-for-9 from 3-point range, while erasing a 47-41 deficit.
The Pacers trailed, 58-47, with 15 minutes left before DeGrott and DiFilippo hit consecutive 3-pointers to get the comeback started.
Marywood is off to a 1-4 start as it seeks its third straight winning season under Enrico Mastroianni, the West Scranton graduate who was named Atlantic East Conference Coach of the Year last season.
The Pacers suffered their losses in a pair of tournaments. They lost to the hosts, 73-62, then to Mount Aloysius College, 63-56, in the Penn State Harrisburg Tip-Off Tournament.
At the Franklin & Marshall Rotary Tournament, Marywood was beaten by Christopher Newport University, 87-56, and Lancaster Bible College, 85-74.
DeGroot, from High Point Regional High School in New Jersey, is averaging a team-high 19.2 points with three straight games of more than 20. He made the all-tournament teams in Harrisburg and at Franklin & Marshall.
The 6-foot- junior guard is hitting 39.3 percent from 3-point range and makes the most of eight trips per game to the line by hitting 82.5 percent.
Marywood was picked sixth out of seven teams in a preseason poll of Atlantic East coaches.
The Pacers graduated all-stars Jeremy Ringland and Thomas Swartz, who each scored more than 1,300 career points, after last season.
The team’s bench includes four young District 2 graduates.
Jason Holman, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward from Riverside, has been joined by Honesdale’s Anthony DeGori, Lakeland’s Jake Curnow and Susquehanna’s Bryce Baldwin.
Holman has appeared in all 5 games, playing a total of 32 minutes. He has seven points and four rebounds.
DeGori, a 6-3 forward, has played 47 minutes in 4 games. He has three points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Curnow, a 6-5 forward, has 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots while playing 42 minutes in 4 games.
Baldwin, a 6-4 forward, has made one appearance, playing one minute.
Marywood has two more games this weekend, hosting the inaugural Holiday Inn Express Electric City Classic. The Pacers play SUNY Old Westbury at 6 p.m. before John Jay College takes on Stevenson University.