MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Junior Logan Bailey’s (Scranton, Pa.) lay-in with 17 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winning bucket, as Scranton used eight unanswered points in the final 2:39 of action to post a 66-63 victory over UMass Dartmouth in second round play of the 2019 HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout Friday afternoon at Barry University’s Health & Sports Center.
The Royals (8-2) trailed 63-58 heading into the closing minutes of the contest, as the Corsairs (7-5) used a 7-0 run to overcome a two-point deficit (58-56) to take that five point cushion on sophomore Adam Seablom’s (Lakeville, Mass.) conventional three-point play. Scranton pulled to within three before receiving a game-tying three-pointer from sophomore Ben Bosland (Colts Neck, N.J.) with 1:07 remaining, and after a pair of UMass Dartmouth missed shots, Bailey provided the heroics with a drive down the left side. Freshman Stephen Braunstein (Colts Neck, N.J.) extended the Royals’ lead to three with a free throw that followed a turnover by the Corsairs, who saw a last second game tying three-point attempt bounce off the back rim at the buzzer.
Senior Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J.) notched a double-double effort of 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in the win for Scranton, which received 16 points and four boards from Bailey along with 13 points from Bosland. The Royals shot 52 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes of play to overcome a 37-30 halftime deficit, as each team grabbed 42 rebounds on the day.
Sophomore Marcus Azor (Brockton, Mass.) scored a game-high 18 points, grabbed six boards, recorded six steals and dished out four assists in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which received 13 points and three assists from Seablom. Senior Harry Alexander (Washington, D.C.) added nine points and 13 caroms for the Corsairs, who received nine points from junior Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) along with eight points off the bench from sophomore Dhalyn Sanders-Dyer (Worcester, Mass.). UMass Dartmouth shot 34 percent (25-73) from the field overall and connected on four of 19 attempts from behind the arc, as the Corsairs converted 16 Royal turnovers into 19 points.
UMass Dartmouth will be idle until Tuesday, January 7th when the Corsairs travel to Willimantic, Conn. to take on Eastern Connecticut in a Little East Conference clash that tips-off at 6:00 pm, while Scranton hosts King’s in a non-league clash on Saturday, January 4th in Scranton, Pa. that tips-off at 3:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Dan Mouw, Eastern University Athletic Communications)