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February 19. 2013 7:37PM
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DALLAS – Misericordia came out swinging, and an early offensive Cougar outburst proved more than Wilkes could handle.


The Cougars scored 19 consecutive points in the early going to propel itself to a 73-65 victory over Wilkes on Wednesday in a rematch of last year's Freedom Conference championship.


Misericordia's defense put a stamp on a high-powered Colonel offense that produced over 100 points in its last two outings. The Cougars (3-2 overall, 1-0 Freedom) held the Colonels to just two points through the first 6:56 of the game, holding a 19-2 lead.


I thought our kids really handled the pressure of the game, Misericordia coach Trevor Woodruff said. We're so young. I was concerned with our ability to handle their pressure and execute offensively. It wasn't any secrets; our kids just did a good job.


Wilkes (2-2 overall, 0-1 Freedom) came firing back, cutting the deficit down to six points at the half. In a throwback to his days at GAR, Chris Shovlin hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to go into the second half behind 32-26.


Shovlin, coming into the game averaging 28.3 points, finished with a double-double, posting 18 points and 10 rebounds.


He's such a tremendous player, Woodruff said. Any time the ball gets in his hands you feel something bad is going to happen.


Wilkes remained in arm's reach of the Cougars. Misericordia took a 13-point lead on a Justin Grotevant trey with 6:16 left in the second; however, Shovlin and Cliff Richardson responded with threes on consecutive drives.


The Colonels would get within two possessions of the lead with the help of a poor outing by Cougars. Misericordia shot 14-of-30 (46.7 percent) from the charity stripe.


We really stressed the toughness, Woodruff said. As a young team, you tend to shy away. I thought we kept our heads in their and stood our ground against a good team.


The win marks Misericordia's third straight over Wilkes.


Misericordia 73, Wilkes 65


WILKES (65): Jourdon Wilson 2-6 0-0 5, Cameron Hinkel 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Shovlin 5-14 2-8 18, Bernard Edmonds 2-5 1-4 5, Brendan Sheldon 1-2 0-1 2, Tyler Breznitsky 3-9 0-0 6, Jeremy Hartman 0-1 0-0 0, Mike Boylan 0-0 0-0 0, Pat Furst 7-9 1-2 19, Cliff Richardson 2-2 2-2 8, Jim Brackett 0-0 0-0 0, Nic Wilkins 1-2 0-0 2, Lee Strause 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-50 10-16 65.



MISERICORDIA (73): Matt Greene 3-9 0-0 9, Anthony Sergio 0-1 0-1 0, Travis Buckner 1-6 3-6 6, Steve Ware 7-14 1-5 16, Justin Grotevant 5-8 5-6 16, Joe Busacca 2-7 3-9 7, Jesse Urich 1-2 0-0 3, Matt Yaich 0-1 0-0 0, Cael Evans 7-8 2-3 16. Totals 26-56 14-30 73.



















Wilkes2936—65
Misericordia3538—73


3-Point Field Goals— Wilkes 9 (Furst 4, Shovlin 2, Richardson 2, Wilson); Misericordia 7 (Greene 3, Buckner, Ware, Grotevant, Urich)



Women's basketball Misericordia 62, Wilkes 52

Misericordia opened its Freedom Conference schedule with a win over Wilkes.


Elena Stambone scored 24 points for the Lady Colonels.


With the loss, Wilkes moves to 3-1 and 0-1 in Freedom play while the Cougars improve to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Freedom play.


In the second half the Colonels remained in the thick of things thanks to an impressive 18-2 run, surrendering just a pair of free throws in the final seconds of the game.


Misericordia was led by Lauren Smicherko's 23 points and eight rebounds. Hannah Seely chipped in eight points, 12 rebounds and four steals.


 



WILKES 52


Amanda Pawlowski 0 1-2 1, Elena Stambone 8 5-7 24, Megan Kazmerski 2 0-2 5, Chelsea Brown 4 4-6 12, Ellen Rich 0 2-2 2, Kate Thomas 0 0-0 0, Kayla Brahm 0 0-0 0, Lindsay Chester 1 1-2 3, Jana Martin 1 0-0 2, Angela Palmerio 0 1-2 1, Ginny Edwards 0 2-4 2. Totals: 16 16-27 57



MISERICORDIA


Tyann McDaniel 2 2-3 7, Hannah Seely 4 0-2 8, Katie Drayton 1 0-0 3, Caitlin Kessler 2 5-7 9, Lauren Smicherko 7 9-9 23, Lisa Kintner 0 2-2 2, Sam Baro 0 0-0 0, Kayla Sileo 1 0-0 2, Lauren Oertner 1 2-2 4, Nikki Baro 1 2-2 4. Totals 19 22-27 62.



3PT FGs: W – Stambone (3) Kazmerski; M – McDaniel, Drayton



HALFTIME: Misericordia 37, Wilkes 25




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