SCRANTON, Penn. – Duncan Lunsford scored on a layup with 3.3 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Keystone to a thrilling, 94-93 win against No. 16 Scranton on Saturday as the Giants earned their first win against a nationally ranked opponent.
Miles Dargan, who assisted on the game-winning bucket, led all players with 27 points to pace four Keystone players in double-figures. The Giants leveled their record at 5-5 on the season.
Keystone built a 22-15 lead at the 12:03 mark of the opening half when Dan Candemeres connected on a 3-pointer to stretch the advantage to 12 points at 42-30 with 3:54 left in the half following an 8-0 run. Scranton closed the half with a 13-2 run to narrow the Giants lead to one point at the halftime break.
The Royals took their first lead since the opening minutes of the game two minutes into the second half and extended their lead to 55-50 at the 15:40 mark. After swapping the lead twice, Keystone reclaimed an advantage with 10:53 to play in regulation when a 3-pointer from Greg Westry put Keystone ahead 66-63. The Giants pushed their lead to 80-74 on a Westry jumper with 5:24 left on the clock. Scranton scored the game’s next six points to tie the score at 80 before a Mark Musumeci tip-in with 1:30 to play put the visitors back in front. The Royals were able to force overtime on a Brendan Boken layup with 18 seconds remaining.
Scranton scored the first six points of overtime and held a 91-86 advantage with 1:49 to play before Dargan connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to give Keystone a 92-91 edge with 57 seconds left on the clock. Another layup by Boken put the Royals back in front with 35 seconds remaining before Dargan found Lunsford for the game-winning bucket.
Dargan’s game-high 27 points came on a 7-13 shooting performance that included six 3-pointers and a 7-8 effort from the free-throw line. Westry added 25 points, Mike Kelly finished with 15 points, and Dan Candemeres netted 10 points in the victory. Kelly led the squad with nine rebounds and Candemeres added seven rebounds and a team-best four assists in the win.
Keystone shot 47.8 percent from the field for the game including a 35.5 percent effort from beyond the arc. The Giants shot a solid 85 percent from the free-throw line for the night, making 17 of their 20 attempts from the charity stripe.
Scranton was paced by Boken’s 24 points while Tommy Morgan (18), Ross Danzig (16), Michael Barr (11) and Tim Lavelle (10) all reached double-figures in the loss as the Royals fell to 6-2 on the year. Scranton shot 51.4 percent from the field while going 26.9 percent from the arc and 62.5 percent on free throws.