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Pace Basketball Squads Fall to Assumption

The men's and women's basketball teams fell to the Worcester-based opponents.

The following announcements are from the Pace University Department of Athletics. Share your sports results and photos by emailing pleasantville@patch.com or uploading them directly to this article.

Men

WORCESTER, Mass.- The Setters came up short to the Greyhounds of Assumption College 81-78 in Northeast-10 Conference action. Pace rallied in the second half but fell short in the final seconds as their record falls to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the NE-10. The Greyhounds improve to 5-0 and 3-0 in conference play.

The Greyhounds connected on four trifectas on the first eight minutes of the game as they built a 19-7 lead to open the game. Assumption led by as much as 37-14 with 4:24 left in the half but the Setters finished the half strong as they used a 13-4 run as they pulled to within 41-27 at the break.

Assumption stretched their lead to 17 points at 59-42 with 12 minutes to play in the game. The Setters rallied back with an 18-4 run to pull to within three points at 63-60 with just over four minutes remaining in the game. Kai Smith (Upper Marlboro, MD/St. Mary's Ryken) scored six points in the run, while Jonathan Merceus (Union, NJ/Union) added four points.

The Greyhounds pushed their lead back to 10 points at 75-65 with 1:53 remaining in the game. The Setters battled back as they pulled to within two points at 80-78 on a pair of free throws byDenzel Primus-Devonish (Riverdale, MD/St. John's College) with 17 second left in the game. After Assumption went 1-for-2 from the line, the three-point game-tying attempt by Primus-Devonish hit the rim as the Greyhounds held on for the three-point win.

For the Setters, Primus-Devonish led Pace with 19 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Merceus tallied 17 points, four rebounds and three assists. Smith finished with 10 points, whileDavid Eismeier (Burke, VA/Bishop O'Connell) totaled three steals.

The Setters return to action on Wednesday, November 28 when they will host the Owls of Southern Connecticut State University at 7:30 pm at the Goldstein Fitness Center.

Women

WORCESTER, Mass.- The Pace women's basketball team lost their first game of the season in a 77-51 loss to the Greyhounds of Assumption College in Northeast-10 Conference action. Pace falls to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the NE-10, while the Greyhounds improve their mark to 5-0 and 3-0 in conference play.

The Greyhounds jumped out to an early lead at 11-6 five minutes into the opening half. The Setters sliced the scored down to a point at 15-14 on a free throw by Allison Cleary (New Windsor, NY/Cornwall Central). Assumption extended their lead with an 18-4 run to pull ahead 33-18 and took a 39-26 lead into halftime.

Assumption extended their lead to 50-30 early in the second half of play. The Setters rallied closing to with 50-37 with 12:35 to play on a Jessica Scannell (Cork, Ireland/St. Vincent's/Iona College) triple. The Greyhounds stretched the score back to 20 points at 59-39 with eight and a half minutes to play and went to hand the Setters their first loss of the season.

For Pace, Brittany Shields (Cold Spring NY/Haldane) led the Setters with 10 points along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Scannell hit a pair of triples, finishing with eight points and three boards, while Yuni Sher (Poughkeepsie, NY/Long Island Lutheran) grabbed eight rebounds in the game.

The Setters return to action on Wednesday, November 28 when they will host the Owls of Southern Connecticut State University at 5:30 pm at the Goldstein Fitness Center.

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