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Late Rally Comes Up Short Against Keystone, 93-88

 

(McHugh Left, Piekarski Center, Chapman Right, Immaculata)

IMMACULATA, Pa.- The Immaculata men's basketball team was seeking their sixth straight win on Saturday afternoon, but trailed Keystone (10-12, 8-7 CSAC) by 15 points in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) contest at Alumnae Hall before a late rally by the Macs (13-10, 9-7 CSAC), however junior Mike Piekarski's (St Elizabeths) game-tying three pointer with under 10 seconds rimmed out and the Macs fell, 93-88.  The Mighty Macs remain in a tie for fourth place with Rosemont, one game clear of Marywood for the final playoff spot, and a half game up on sixth place Keystone.
 
Piekarski had his fifth double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds while sophomore Jordan Ambrose had 17 points on five three-pointers.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Mighty Macs held a 46-40 lead at the half and extended it to 10 points at 50-40 on baskets by Piekarski and sophomore Josh Singleton in the opening minutes
-IU continued to lead at 54-46 after a pair of free throws by senior Matt Krewson, but the Giants went on an 11-3 run to tie the game at 57-57 with 15 minutes to go in the game
-The game stayed close to the 9:23 mark when the game was tied for the 10th time at 65-65 when Keystone went on a 24-9 run over the next six minutes to make it 89-74 with 3:09 to go in the game
-That's when the Mighty Macs staged a big comeback to give themselves a chance on the final possession
-The Macs scored 12 straight points over a two-minute stretch to cut the deficit to three points starting with a lay-up by freshman Joe McHugh (Cocnord) and a pair of free throws by senior Will Chapman (Concord) to make it 89-78
-Following a turnover by Keystone, Ambrose drilled a three pointer, and after a block by McHugh on the defensive end, Ambrose hit another three-pointer to make it 89-84
-Chapman then drilled a pair of free throws with 1:07 remaining to make it a one possession game at 89-86
-The teams then exchanged two free throws before a Keystone travel gave the Macs the ball with 25 seconds left in the game, and Piekarski got a decent look from the left wing which rimmed out before Keystone hit two free throws to close the game at 93-88
-The first half was played at a fast pace with Keystone seeing a lead as large as four points and the Macs getting an eight point advantage.  There were six ties and four lead changes in the opening 20 minutes
 
KEY TEAM STATS
-Each team relied heavily on the three point shot as the Macs were 10-for-30 (33.3%) and the Giants were 14-for-37 (37.8%)
-IU was 38% (27-for-71) from the field and Keystone was 40.5% (30-for-74)
-The Macs went to the line 29 times and converted on 24 (82.8%) and the Giants were 19-for-25 (76%)
-Keystone had a huge advantage on the glass, 55-39
-The Mighty Macs forced 20 turnovers while only having 11 themselves
 
KEY PLAYER STATS
-IU Point Leaders: Piekarski 25, Ambrose 17, Chapman 7, McCullough 7
-IU Rebound Leaders: Piekarski 13, Kitchen 5
-IU Assists Leaders: Allen 5, Chapman 3, Piekarski 3
 
UP NEXT
-The Mighty Macs will host Cabrini on Wednesday for Senior Night as part of the Play4Kay doubleheader at 8 p.m.


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