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Macs Claim Second In A Row Behind Piekarski, Ambrose


(Chapman Left, Piekarski Right,  Immaculata)

LANGHORNE, Pa.- Riding the momentum of their big win over Gwynedd Mercy from the weekend, the Immaculata men's basketball team (6-6, 3-3 CSAC) used a 30-10 run in the second half of a road Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) contest at Cairn (5-6, 2-4 CSAC) to take control and win their second straight conference game, 89-82.
Junior Mike Piekarski (St Elizabeths) was outstanding as he shot 10-for-14 from the field for 25 points and added 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double.  Sophomore Jordan Ambrose was efficient from the field at 8-of-13 for 24 points as the two combined for more than half of the IU offense.
The Macs leveled their CSAC record at 3-3.
-Trailing 50-43 with 16:08 to go in the game, the Macs went on a big 30-10 run to take control of the contest over the next nearly 12 minutes, including a 15-2 spurt
-Freshman Asa Kitchen (13 points) scored three points right away to make it 50-46 which is where the score would hold for the next four minutes
-The Macs got within one on two occasions over the next three minutes, but trailing by five at 58-53 with 10:47 left, Piekarski hit a jumper and then drilled a three pointer to tie the game for the second time at 58-58
-The Macs then went on a 15-2 spurt where they held the Highlanders without a field goal.  Ambrose converted a traditional three-point play, and following two Cairn free throws, Ambrose and Piekarski hit threes on back-to-back possessions, followed by a Piekarski tip-in to make it 69-60 with six minutes left
-Another jumper by Piekarski and two Ambrose free throws gave the Macs their biggest lead at 73-60 with 4:45 left
-Cairn continued to battle down the stretch, getting it down to six points, and eventually down to four with 20 seconds left, but Piekarski hit a free throw and senior Will Chapman (Concord) hit a pair to put the game away
-In the first half, Cairn held the lead through the first 10 minutes, including a six point cushion, but the Macs went on a 15-0 run to take a nine point lead at 25-16
-Cairn responded with a 13-4 run to tie the game at 29-29 before the Highlanders held a 40-35 edge at the half
-The Macs were outstanding from the field at 31-for-63 (49.2%) while Cairn was also efficient at 28-for-60 (46.7%)
-Cairn was 9-for-20 (45%) from beyond the arc and the Macs were 6-for-16 (37.5%)
-Both teams were solid at the line with the Macs shooting 21-for-26 (80.8%) and Cairn shooting 17-for-23 (73.9%)
-Cairn outrebound the Macs 35-30 and the Mighty Macs turned it over just 14 times to 20 for the Highlanders
-IU Point Leaders: Piekarski 25, Ambrose 24, Kitchen 13
-IU Rebound Leaders: Piekarski 12, Ambrose 6, McHugh 5
-IU Assist Leaders: Chapman 5, Lord 2, Piekarski 2
-Ambrose and Piekarski added three steals each
-Head Coach Jayson Hyman said: "Saturday was crucial for us to pick up a win against a really good team, and we continued with a strong effort on the road tonight.  Mike and Jordan were very effective offensively and we were able to knock down some shots, especially in the second half.  I was very happy with our defensive effort during that run in the second half too."
The Mighty Macs stay on the road at Rosemont on Thursday at 8 p.m. looking for their third straight victory

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