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The second half wasn’t kind to Misericordia in a pair of regular-season losses to Delaware Valley.


Unfortunately for the Cougars, it carried over to the playoffs.


Misericordia struggled as Wednesday’s Freedom Conference semifinal wound down, falling to Delaware Valley for a third time on the season with a 65-49 loss.


The Cougars, who won the conference title a year ago, fell to 13-13 and will wait to hear about a possible ECAC tournament berth to extend their season.


They trailed just 30-28 at halftime on Wednesday and briefly took the lead out of the break at 34-32.


But the Aggies began pulling away in the final 10 minutes to end the Cougars’ hopes at a second straight trip to the NCAA tournament. Delaware Valley (18-8) advanced to play at DeSales on Saturday for the conference title.


Steve Ware turned in a double-double to lead Misericordia with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Justin Grotevant was the only other player in double-figures with 12 points.


“We took a pretty good punch from them and were able to battle back,” Cougars coach Trevor Woodruff said in a school release. “We told the guys to keep fighting and grinding at halftime, and they did that. But unfortunately we didn’t get the result we’d hoped for.”




: Sean Bieski 2-4 1-2 5, Jesse Urich 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Greene 1-6 0-0 3, Steve Ware 8-15 3-5 19, Justin Grotevant 5-12 2-2 12, Joe Busacca 1-7 2-4 4, Trever Reed 0-0 0-0 0, Nate Samanns 0-0 0-0 0, Anthony Sergio 1-6 2-2 5, Patrick Widdoss 0-0 0-0 0, Frank Vito 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Stanovick 0-1 0-0 0, Brandon Stone 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Yaich 0-0 0-0 0, Cael Evans 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 18-54 11-17 49.



: Jeremy Beckett 7-14 6-9 20, Daulton Derr 9-19 0-0 19, Francis Arnold 5-16 0-0 13, Zach Sly 2-5 3-4 7, Nick Sullivan 1-3 0-0 2, Zach Sibel 1-2 0-0 2, Chris Moran 1-5 0-0 2, Jay Donovan 0-6 0-0 0, Adonis Fleming 0-0 0-0 0, Quincy Sullivan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-70 9-13 65.



— Delaware Valley, 30-28



— MU 2-12 (Greene 1-5, Sergio 1-5, Stanovick 0-1, Grotevant 0-1); DVC 4-18 (Arnold 3-7, Derr 1-5, Sullivan 0-1, Donovan 0-5)


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