ANNVILLE — Tom Kresge tied a career-high with 28 points, including 17 in the second half, but the Wilkes men’s basketball team dropped its regular-season finale, 76-70, at Lebanon Valley in a non-conference game on Saturday.
Though the loss didn’t affect their standing in the Freedom Conference tournament, the Colonels slipped to the No. 4 seed in the field courtesy of wins by Eastern and DeSales on Saturday. Wilkes finished the conference schedule tied for third with Eastern at 10-6, but the Eagles earned the tiebreaker thanks to a win over top-ranked DeSales last weekend.
That forces Wilkes (14-10, 10-6) into a first-round matchup against No. 5 Delaware Valley at 7 p.m. Monday at the Marts Center. The Colonels and Aggies split the regular-season series with the road team winning both games. The winner will play No. 1 DeSales in the semifinals on Wednesday in Center Valley.
Wilkes played without leading scorer Chris DeRojas, who sat out the game because of illness. Kresge added 12 rebounds for a double-double while Anthony Gabriel chipped in 11 points.
The playoff-bound Aggies hit a pair of key three-pointers in the final minutes to force overtime and hand the Cougars (11-14, 5-11 Freedom) a loss in their final game of the regular season.
Senior Vinny Baumunk went out in style, scoring 23 points in his final game for Misericordia. Dom Del Prete and Robbie Johnson scored 17 and 14 points, respectively.
Also playing in their final collegiate games were Andy Smith (eight points, seven rebounds) and Marqus Hunter (five points, four rebounds).
Four players scored in double figures as the Cougars posted a second-half rally on the road to earn the No. 4 seed in the Freedom Conference tournament.
Misericordia (13-12, 8-8 Freedom) won a tiebreaker with King’s and will host the Lady Monarchs at 7 p.m. Monday at the Anderson Center. The winner will play at top-seeded and nationally ranked DeSales on Wednesday in the semifinals.
The Cougars trailed by seven midway through the second half but came through with a 12-0 run to turn the tide.
Courtney Sykes (17 points), Lacey DeGraw (12 points, nine rebounds), Vanessa Wright (10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists) and Christine Marks (10 points) led the team.
Sue Bochnovich (200), Ali Ostrum (mile, 800) and Frank Redmond (800) set school records at the Susquehanna Invitational.
Bochnovich won the 200 in 26.64 seconds, Ostrum took second in the mile (5:15.23) and fifth in the 800 (2:25.67), and Redmond was second for the men in the 800 at 1:56.99.
All three qualified for the ECAC championships.
Vitaly Doboni and Frank Castrignano both tied the school pole vault record, clearing 12-foot-6.