DALLAS — Misericordia has some momentum headed into the postseason.
The Cougars men's basketball team won its final tune-up for the playoffs on Saturday, fending off a late charge by Manhattanville in a 75-70 victory at the Anderson Center.
Steve Ware picked up a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (13-12, 9-5).
Sean Bieski and Justin Grotevant were honored before the game for senior day and finished with 10 points apiece.
Misericordia, the defending league champion, will enter the Freedom Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Cougars will travel to No. 2 Delaware Valley for a 7 p.m. semifinal on Wednesday.
Tyann McDaniel concluded her prolific college career in style.
The senior guard picked up a triple-double in a season-closing win over the Valiants, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Fellow guards Lauren Smicherko (27 points) and Hannah Seely (23 points) turned in strong performances, combining to shoot 22-of-28 from the floor.
Kayla Sileo also played her final game for the Cougars, adding 13 points.
Misericordia finished the season at 12-13 and 6-8 in league play.
The Cougars opened the season with a doubleheader split against Shenandoah winning the opener, 2-1, but dropping the nightcap, 5-3.
Joe Tagliarini had two hits and an RBI in the opener and Evan Robaczewski tossed a complete-game, six-hitter to earn the win while Chris Boroch added an RBI and Ryan Cacchioli and Will Minderjahn both had hits and scored runs in a two-run fifth inning.
Boroch and Cacchioli both had two hits in the nightcap while Nick Brebner had an RBI-double.