PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The Pace University men's basketball team got its fix of action in a back-and-forth game against the Queens Knights, which ended in a 66-61 victory for the Setters on Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Pace University men's basketball player and freshman Mike Demello scored a career-high of 19 points as he helped lead the Setters in a victory in nonconference action.
The Setters improved to 3-7 overall, while the Knights fell to 0-6 on the season. The Setters built a 20-14 lead near the midway point of the opening half. The Knights chipped away, pulling even at 24 with 6:15 left in the half. The teams traded baskets with Queens taking a brief lead before Demello connected on a triple to pull even at 30. The Knights pushed ahead late in the half to lead 33-30 at halftime. Pace scored the first four points of the second half as junior Kyle Pearson and freshman Bryan Rivers scored four points to put the Setters up one. The Knights retook the lead with eight points at 49-41 midway through the second half. The Setters came back and sliced the score down to 53-51 with 5:47 left in the game. The Knights came back with six points two minutes later, but Pace rallied back as the Setters pulled even with 1:43 on the clock on a Pearson put-back to knot the score at 60 all.
Junior Shelton Mickell put the Setters in front for good with a lay-up, while Rivers (2-for-2), Pearson and Demello added one from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal the victory. For the Setters, Demello led the way with his career high, and Pearson earned a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Mickell finished with 11 points and three rebounds, and Rivers totaled 11 points and four boards. The Setters host the American International Yellow Jackets on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m. at the Goldstein Fitness Center.