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December 4th, 2013

Late Rally Not Enough as Knights Fall to Scranton

Mount Saint Mary F Joe Henain (23) picked up his third double-double in just six games with a team-high 18 points and 16 rebounds on Saturday, November 30, 2013 against the University of Scranton (4-1) at the Long Center. Scranton defeated the Knights 77-64. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
By David Spiegel
SCRANTON, Pa. – The Mount Saint Mary College men’s basketball team (3-3) cut a 24-point deficit down to 10 with just over two minutes remaining, but that was as close as it would get as the Knights fell to the University of Scranton (4-1) on Saturday, 77-64, at the Long Center. The loss halts the Knights winning streak at three games and drops them to 1-3 on the road this season.

Trailing 68-50 with less than five minutes to go, senior forward Joe Henain  drew a foul for a three-point play to cut the deficit to 15. After a Ross Danzig layup put the Royals up 70-53, senior guard Joe Stabach drained a three to cut into the lead once again. Henain followed with a layup, and then senior guard Donte Howell cut the Royal lead down to 10 with a layup of his own with 2:17 left on the clock. The Knights battled, but Scranton made 7-of-8 layups down the stretch to keep the double-digit lead and grab the win.

Henain picked up his third double-double in just six games with a team-high 18 points and 16 rebounds on Saturday. He also added four blocks, improving his season total to 20, which puts him on pace to shatter his program record of 68 blocks in a season. His career total of 132 blocked shots stands just 29 shy of the program record.

The Knights’ three-point troubles on the road continued on Saturday as they shot just 19 percent (4-for-21) from long distance. They also made a season-worst 57.1 percent of their free throws in the loss. The Knights were strong from inside the three-point line, making 22-of-43 (51.2 percent) of their two-point shots on the evening, which included 40 points in the paint.

The Knights trailed, 32-22, going into the break. After scoring the first five points of Saturday’s contest, the Knights went cold, allowing the home team to go on an 11-0 run. The Royals dominated the rest of the half, and continued to hold the Knights down in the second stanza, opening with a 9-0 run to take a 19-point lead. Later, Tommy Morgan drained back-to-back shots to give Scranton its biggest lead at 55-31 with 12:25 remaining. The Knights slowly rallied from this point, but could not cut the deficit to single digits.

Morgan scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down 10 boards to lead the Royals to victory. Brendan Boken added 16 points and eight rebounds, while Danzig and Jason Pierce contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Howell had another nice game on Saturday, scoring 16 points and dishing out six assists. Senior forward Chris Pisciotta scored nine of his 11 points in the second half to boost the Knights’ attempted comeback. Henain almost put up a double-double in the second half alone with 11 points and eight rebounds.

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