Scranton rallies past men's basketball 68-64

Senior Tom Coyne matched his career-high with seven made three-pointers, scoring 25 points against the University of Scranton on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- The University of Scranton Royals used a 12-0 run over the final four plus minutes to come from behind and defeat the Bates men's basketball team 68-64 Wednesday night at the HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout.

Senior Tom Coyne (Falmouth, Maine) matched his career-high with seven made three-pointers on 10 attempts in the loss. He finished with a game-high 25 points on 9-13 shooting. 

Bates (5-2) led by 16 points with 9:12 left in the contest. But the Bobcats went cold from the field, scoring just five points down the stretch. Senior Jeff Spellman (Boston, Mass.) made a pair of free throws to put Bates ahead 64-56 with 4:39 remaining. 

Scranton's Jackson Danzig answered 23 seconds later with a three, starting the 12-0 run. However, neither team scored again until Kyle DeVerna split a pair of free throws with 2:48 left, making the score 64-60. With 1:43 remaining, Matthew Mancuso also split a pair of free throws. Mancuso finished with a double-double, tallying a team-high 22 points on 7-16 shooting and recording a game-high 13 rebounds. Only five players scored for the Royals (7-2) but all of them finished in double figures.

Mancuso made a layup off a Bobcat missed three with 1:06 to go, trimming the Bates advantage to one. Then Bates missed another three and Stephen Braunstein scored in transition to give the Royals their first lead since 15:42 left in regulation. The Bobcats called timeout with 42 seconds left, now down by one.

Spellman couldn't get a jumper to fall out of the timeout and Mancuso grabbed the rebound. He split another pair of free throws, making the score 66-64 with 21 seconds remaining. Spellman drove aggressively to the hoop but his layup just rolled off the rim and Ben Bosland secured the rebound for the Royals. The Bobcats couldn't foul him and Scranton got the ball to Danzig in transition for a layup with four seconds left, putting the contest out of reach at 68-64.

The Bobcats shot 46.4% from the floor in the first half, taking a 31-28 lead into intermission. After shooting 37% in the first half, the Royals heated up in the second 20 minutes, shooting at a 42.3% clip. 

Down 38-37, Bates went on a 9-0 run, capped off by back-to-back threes from senior Kody Greenhalgh (West Warwick, R.I.) and Coyne. 

The Bobcats led 46-41 with 12:44 left before going on a 13-2 run, taking a 16-point lead after Coyne hit another three with 9:48 remaining and first-year Cam Riley (Sparta, N.J.) split a pair of throws at the 9:12 mark.

An 8-0 run from the Royals got snapped by Coyne's seventh made three of the night with 6:21 left, but Bates did not make a shot from the field after that.

Scranton dominated from the free throw line, making 20-30 attempts. Bates only had 11 attempts from the line, making six of them.

The Bobcats are back in action Thursday in Florida, taking on the University of Saint Joseph Blue Jays, coached by Jim Calhoun, at 4pm.