Griffins Garner #8 Seed for ECAC DIII Men's Basketball Championship, To Host #9 William Paterson Tonight

By Greg Gornick

Danbury, Conn. - (3/2/2022) - Head Coach John Baron and the Gwynedd Mercy University men's basketball team will have one last chance at glory this season, as the Griffins were selected as the #8 seed in the 2021-2022 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament. The seeding award Gwynedd Mercy University a home game versus #9 William Paterson University today, Wednesday, March 2, at 7:00 p.m., with subsequent rounds taking place March 4 through March 6 at Rutgets University - Newark.

William Paterson University is currently 12-12 overlal and finsihed their New Jersy Athletic Conference (NJAC) seasonw with a 9-9 record that earned them the #5 seed in the league's championship tournmanet.

At 15-10 overall and 7-5 in the Atlantic East Conference (AEC), Gwynedd Mercy University earned the #3 seed in the 2021-2022 AEC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament. The Griffines owned a 58-53 (4:04) lead over #6 Centenary University (11-12) with a little more than four minutes remaining in the quarterfinal. Unfortunately, the Cyclones outscored the Griffins 10-5 in those final four minutes, rallying for a 62-58 (1:01) lead before having to hold the home team off in the final seconds of a 66-63 (0:16) final. Graduate guard Matt O'Connor (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit a set of free throws to cut Centenary University's leading scorer with 16 points. He also recorded a rebound and two assists. Senior guard Ty Jones (Harlem, N.Y.) was the only other Griffin in double figures; he scored a dozen (12) points in addition to grabbing seven rebounds, making two assists, and a steal.

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