Kutztown uses late run to rally past Mansfield 94-87
Charles Becoats and Joe Bell combined for 43 points, but Kutztown used a 40-20 run over the final 12 minutes of the game to rally past Mansfield 94-87 Wednesday night in PSAC East action at Keystone Arena.
For the third time this season, Becoats matched his career high in scoring with 22 points and 3-point field goals with six. The junior was 8-of-12 (66.6%) from the field including an incredible 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. He also recorded four assists and two steals.
Bell picked up his fifth double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 boards. It marked the sophomore's seventh 20+ point game this season and the 16th of his career.
Onyema Utti came off the bench to put of 12 points while Kenny Johnson added 11 points.
Chuck Harper dished out a career-high 12 assists in the contest.
Kutztown's Micah Fraction connected on 10-of-21 from the floor on his way to a game-high 31 points. Tyler Brooks netted 18 points with Ryan Connolly adding 15 points.
The Golden Bears jumped out to a six-point lead in the first five minutes of play, but Mansfield came back to tie the game at 19-19 with 11:43 to play in the half. After a pair of lead changes, the Mountaineers held a 36-29 lead with just over six minutes until halftime.
Mansfield maintained their lead and took a 51-44 advantage into the break.
Becoats, who hit four treys and a jumper to open the second half, scored 14 of the Mountaineer's 16 points in a seven-minute run that put Mansfield up 67-53. However, Becoats' 3-pointer with 13 minutes remaining would be his last points of the game as the junior found himself in foul trouble soon after.
Kutztown went on a 16-4 run over the next six minutes to close within two points of the Mounties. A Fraction layup with 3:39 to play gave the Bears their first lead since the 10:41 mark of the first half.
Mansfield fought hard to regain their lead, but the hometown Bears had too much momentum and held on for the win.
The Mountaineers outrebounded Kutztown 35-25 while shooting 55.9% from the floor and 50.0% from beyond the arc.
Mansfield falls to 5-13 overall and 3-11 in PSAC play while Kutztown improves to 4-16 and 3-11 in the conference.
The Mountaineers travel to Millersville this Saturday for a 3 p.m. tipoff.