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PLESANTVILLE, N.Y.- Keon Williams (Hackensack, NJ/Hackensack/Iona College) recorded his sixth double-double of the season but the Setters fell to the Chargers of the University of New Haven in Northeast-10 Conference play 62-52. Pace falls to 9-12 overall and 6-11 in the NE-10, while the Chargers improve to 14-7 and 11-6 in conference play.
The Chargers led from the start and pulled ahead 19-8 midway through the opening half. The Setters rallied with a 10-2 run backed by eight points from Williams and capped off by a Jaylen Mann (Youngstown, OH/Liberty) triple to close to within three points at 21-18 with 4:41 left in the half. New Haven pushed back as they held a 30-23 lead at the break.
New Haven extended their lead early in the second half as they built a 35-25 lead in the first three minutes of play. The Setters battled back as they kept the score between five and nine points over the next eight minutes of play. Pace rallied once again as Denzel Primus-Devonish (Riverdale, MD/St. John's College) had five points in a stretch, including a key three-point play at the 8:43 mark, while Williams connected on a lay-up with 7:03 left in the contest to pull the Setters to within three point at 49-46.
The Chargers pushed the score back to eight points at 56-48 with 4:54 to play but the Setters rallied again as Williams trimmed the score to six points with under a minute to play. New Haven hit all four free throws in the final 18 seconds of the game to hold off a Setter rally.
For the Setters, Williams led the way with his sixth double-double of the season, while Jonathan Merceus (Union, NJ/Union) tallied 12 points and four rebounds. Primus-Devonish dished out five assists in the game.
The Setters return to action on Tuesday, February 12 as they travel to New Haven, CT to take on the Owls of Southern Connecticut State University for an NE-10 contest at 7:30 pm.
Pleasantville, N.Y.- The Setters fell to the Chargers of the University of New Haven 69-59 in conference play at Goldstein Fitness Center on Sunday night. The Setters stand at 11-10 overall and 9-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference while the Chargers advance to 10-11 overall and 9-8 in the NE-10.
Three Setters recorded double figures as Jessica Scannell (Cork, Ireland / St. Vincents) led the way with 17 points and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Margo Hackett(Pawling, NY / Pawling) finished with 15 points, as she went 7-15 from the field and pulled down three rebounds. Brittany Shields (Cold Spring, NY / Haldane) tallied 12 rebounds, nine points and four assists while Brianna Harris (Brentwood, NY / Mary Louis Academy) added nine rebounds. Yuni Sher (Poughkeepsie, NY / Long Island Lutheran) finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
Anh-Dao Tran led the Chargers with 20 points and four assists. Brianna Bradford and Brian Moore totaled 15 points while Moore also added six rebounds. Aquillin Hayes pulled down six rebounds and added four points, two assists, two blocks and two steals.
Despite the loss, the Setters out-scored the Chargers in the paint 38-36, off second-chance attempts 23-12 and off the bench 11-9. The Chargers scored four more points than the Setters off of turnovers and on fast breaks.
The Chargers finished the game shooting 28-58 from the field, 8-18 from three-point range and 5-9 from the free-throw line while the Setters shot 25-70 from the field, 5-22 from the outside and 4-12 from the line.
The Chargers opened up the second half going on a 13-4 run and took their largest lead of the game five minutes into the game, 46-33. Hackett connected on a layup and the free-throw with 11:04 on the clock to come within eight points. The Chargers held a healthy lead over the next four minutes before a triple by Scannell jump-started a Setter come-back with 3:23 on the clock. Scannell followed with a layup to bring the Setters within five points with 2:14 in the game but wasn't enough as the Chargers connected on a triple and two free-throws to round the game out at 69-59.
The Setters started off the game playing from behind before they were able to even out the score at 12:31. The teams would exchange the lead before the Chargers would go on a run and take their largest lead of the first half at 4:22. The Setters were able to minimize the point deficit as they went on a 8-0 run to go into halftime, 29-31.
The Setters shot 34.4% from the field in the first half, and 33.3% from both three-point range and the free-throw line while the Chargers shot 40% from the field, 54.4% from the outside and 50% from the line. The Setters out-scored the Chargers in the paint 14-10 and on second-chance attempts 11-4.
The Setters will travel to Southern Connecticut State University to take on the Owls in conference play on Tuesday, February 12 at 5:30 pm.