Seton Hill 72
GREENSBURG – Seton Hill used a 10-5 run to close out the game and hand Pitt-Johnstown a WVIAC loss on Saturday.
Nick Novak had a game-high 22 points for UPJ, which slipped to 8-7 overall and 5-7 in the conference. Bill Luther finished with 13 points.
UPJ out-rebounded Seton Hill 32-24, sank 26 of 54 from the field, and hit nine of 12 from the foul line. The Griffins ended the day 26 of 50 from the field and 14 of 18 at the stripe.
David Windsor’s 14 points led three Seton Hill players who scored in double figures.
Sacred Heart 75
St. Francis 72
LORETTO – Shane Gibson scored 23 points as Sacred Heart took its first lead early in the second half and held on to defeat St. Francis in Northeast Conference action.
The Pioneers (6-11, 4-2) fell behind by eight early, but rallied to tie it at 37 at halftime.
Ben Millaud-Meunier, who led the Red Flash with 20 points, hit his third 3-pointer with one second left for the final margin. Earl Brown had 14 points and 15 rebounds for St. Francis.
Penn Highlands 65 CCAC-Allegheny 59
Penn Highlands improved to 5-7, 1-2) with a win over CCAC- Allegheny.
Grant Speigle hit five
3-pointers in his 17-point effort to lead the Black Bears. Rashaud Kelley added 15 points while Jordan Swauger and Jermaine Graves scored 14 and 13, respectively.
Mount Aloysius 63
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Mount Aloysius suffered a setback in a battle of the ACCC’s top two teams.
Second-ranked Medaille jumped out to 16-1 lead early before Mount Aloysius narrowed the gap to just four points. When foul trouble sent several Mounties players to the bench, Medaille took a 46-31 halftime advantage
Mount Aloysius committed 16 second-half turnovers and was unable to chip any further into the Medaille lead.
“Except for the turnovers, it was basically an evenly played game,” Mount Aloysius coach Lance Loya said. “We both were 12-17 from the foul line. We both shot 43 percent, and we both connected on five 3-pointers. The difference was they got 20 more shots off than us because of our turnovers.”
Jeff Stem topped Mount Aloysius with 16 points. Dameon Turner added 13 points.
Pitt-Johnstown 56 Seton Hill 50
GREENSBURG – Nicole Carman scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Kaitlynn Fratz added 17 points to help the Lady Cats overcome poor shooting and hold on for a WVIAC win at Seton Hill
UPJ improved to 8-7 overall, 6-6 in the WVIAC.
The Lady Cats got 10 early points from Carman and held Seton Hill to just 4 of 24 shooting in the first 15 minutes of the game to open up up 25-17 lead on a Rachel Johnson 3-pointer.
The Griffins dropped to 10-7 overall, 7-4 in the WVIAC.
Sacred Heart 71
St. Francis 50
LORETTO – Sacred Heart picked up its second Northeast Conference win of the season in a nationally televised victory at St. Francis.
Alli Williams paced the Red Flash (9-7, 4-1) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, earning her 11th consecutive double-double.
Ericka Norman scored 16 points to lead a Pioneers (10-7, 2-3) attack that saw five different players score in double figures. Brittany Lilley had 12 points for St. Francis, but the Red Flash got just four points from its three other starters.
Mount Aloysius 61
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Despite 20 points from Lindsy Sammarco, Mount Aloysius lost.
An Emily Brophy 3-pointer at the 13:38 mark sparked a 20-2 run that allowed the Medaille to take a 50-28 lead at the half.
Medaille’s largest lead of the game was 24 points with just over 7 minutes to play.
Becky Bard added 14 points for Mount Aloysius and Olivia Rupp had 10 points.
Danel helping Falcons to Division III tournament
When Chelsea Danel was a senior at North Star, the Cougars were able to win a District 5-AA basketball title.
Now Danel, a senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, is a key contributor on a Falcons’ hoops squad which upset top-seeded Lebanon Valley 53-47 in the Commonwealth Conference championship on Saturday. It was the ninth title for the Falcons in 13 appearances.
Ferndale grad aiding Duquesne women’s hoops
Matt Schmidt was hired as an assistant coach for the Duquesne women’s basketball team in June.
Now the former Ferndale High School standout will have his first opportunity to experience March madness with the Dukes, who are the sixth-seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament which opened Thursday in Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
Icecats on way to national tournament
The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team needed to overcome some long odds to advance to the ACHA Men’s Division III national championship tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. next week.
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St. Francis wins NEC quarterfinal
Ronnie Drinnon hit a go-ahead basket and a pair of free throws in the final 48 seconds, scoring a career high 20 points as sixth-seeded St. Francis battled past third-seeded Bryant 55-54 in the Northeast Conference tournament Wednesday night.
St. Francis hasn’t been in the playoffs since the 2010-11 season and scrapped past Bryant (18-14) in a closely fought contest that saw five ties and five lead changes – three in the final 3:37.
Wake Forest beats Pitt in ACC opener
Dearica Hamby finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two steals as No. 11 seed Wake Forest women beat 14th-seeded Pittsburgh 72-58 in the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday night.
Hamby had a tremendous night in notching her school-record 22nd double-double of the season.
UPJ makes day special for young sports fan
The Pitt-Johnstown baseball team made one of the most important signings in the program’s history on Wednesday at the Sports Center.
Johnstown resident Jill Miller signed a letter of intent on behalf of her 4-year-old son Brandon, who is battling Chiari Malformation, a brain ailment that leads to pain throughout the young boy’s body on a daily basis.
Warren leads N.C. State past Pittsburgh
T.J. Warren scored a career-high 41 points and N.C. State surged past Pittsburgh 74-67 on Monday night.
Warren’s eighth 30-point game of the year gave the Wolfpack’s flagging NCAA tournament hopes a needed boost. N.C. State (18-12, 8-9 ACC) won for just the second time in its last six games, riding Warren for much of the second half.
The ACC’s leading scorer made seven straight shots at one point and finished 16 of 22 from the field. His emphatic dunk in the final seconds sealed it.
Bishop Carroll grad earns honor
After earning All-Patriot League recognition at the Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend, Bucknell senior Emily Waksmunski was honored for her success on the track and in the classroom as a winner of the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Waksmunski finished second in both the 1,000-meter run (2:55.98) and as part of Bucknell’s 4 X 800m relay (9:05.48).
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