Gwynedd Mercy University ended the Keystone College men’s basketball team playoffs hopes with a 101-67 victory on Saturday afternoon in Colonial States Athletic Conference action in the Gambal Athletic Center.
The loss dropped the Giants to 7-16 overall and 4-12 in conference play.
Gwynedd Mercy came out hot, racing out to a 35-10 lead in the first 10:50 of the contest.
Keystone used a 7-0 run to pull to within 18 points at the 5:10 mark on a John Kirkpatrick layup, but the Griffins countered with the next eight points and led by as many as 27 points before taking a 52-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Kirkpatrick came off the bench to net eight points while ShaShawn Drayton added six points for Keystone, which connected on just 22.6 percent of its field goal attempts including a cold, 1-12 effort from beyond the arc.
The Giants were solid at the line in the first half though, connecting on 11 of 13 free throw attempts.
Mark Gilliam opened the second half with a three-pointer, but Gwynedd Mercy countered with back-to-back treys of its own.
Holding a 63-38 advantage five minutes into the stanza, the Griffins used a 7-0 spurt to stake out a 32-point advantage and would cruise the rest of the way, leading by as many as 41 points.
Gilliam, Kirkpatrick, and Terrence Palmer netted 12 points apiece for Keystone with Gilliam and Perry Belcher tying for the team-lead with six boards each.
Belcher tied for a game-high with five assists, Drayton blocked three shots, and Terrence Bowman collected a pair of steals in the loss.
For the game, the Giants shot 33.9 percent from the field, 22.7 percent from downtown, and 60.6 percent from the line.
Keystone will visit local rival Marywood University Wednesday night for a CSAC contest starting at 8 p.m.