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Pace Men Rally Late to Defeat Merrimack

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The Setters men’s basketball team used a 14-4 closing run in a 71-67 comeback victory over visiting Merrimack  71-67 Wednesday in Northeast-10 Conference action.

Pace snapped a four-game losing streak and evened its season and conference records at 9-9 overall and 7-7, while the Warriors fell to 9-9 and 6-8 in conference play.

Keon Williams led the comeback and scored a season-high 23 points to lead the way for the Setters and Jonathan Merceus added 17 points and nine rebounds for Pace.

The Setters held a slim 29-27 lead with four minutes to play and closed the half strong as they used a 7-2 run to build a 36-29 lead at the break.  The Warriors chipped away at the Pace lead to start the second half and pulled even at 44-44 with 12 minutes to play in the game.

Merrimack pushed ahead by six points at 54-48 with 9:20 to play in the game and led 59-53 with six minutes to go. Pace answered with its decisive 14-4 run as Williams took over the game, scoring 10 of the Setters’ 14 points in the rally to help flip the score and take a 67-63 lead with 51 seconds left to play.

The Setters return to action on Saturday against Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. for a Northeast-10 Conference game at 3:30 p.m.

From a report by Pace Sports Information

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