The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 16, 2013

College basketball roundup: Pitt-Johnstown's Carman enjoys career game


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WHEELING, W.Va. — Nicole Carman’s career game and a 16-4 run in the second half led the Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball team to a 74-64 victory at Wheeling Jesuit in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play on Saturday.

Carman finished with a career-high 30 points to go with a game-high 10 rebounds as the Lady Cats improved to 14-9 overall and 12-8 in conference.

Carman made seven of her first eight field-goal attempts as UPJ built an early 12-point lead at 22-10. In fact, Carman scored 18 of Pitt-Johnstown’s first 22 points with 12 of those points coming off four 3-pointers from Carman.

Wheeling Jesuit (7-16, 4-15) used an 18-7 run to get within one late in the first half before a Kelsey Sleighter 3-pointer put UPJ ahead, 34-30. That lead grew to 41-34 four minutes into the second half as UPJ was once again led by Carman, who scored five early points after the break.

Shortly after Carman’s second-half outburst, the Lady Cats went on a 16-4 run to take command.

Sleighter finished with 16 points as she made 4 of 5 3-point attempts.

Kaitlyn Fratz finished with 13 points and Rachel Johnson and Jasmine Harper combined for 15 rebounds.

Taneka Lewis led the Cardinals with 13 points.

Quinnipiac 61, St. Francis 50: At Hamden, Conn., St. Francis hung with the top team in the Northeast Conference through much of the second half before Quinnipiac pulled away.

The Red Flash (13-11, 8-5) held the lead through most of the game’s opening 10 minutes and they traded baskets with the first-place Bobcats (21-2, 12-0) until Quinnipiac put together a mini-run to build a nine-point lead with just under six minutes remaining.

It was a tough loss for St. Francis, which forced 21 turnovers – the most Quinnipiac has committed in conference play.

“We left too many points on the board early today with missed layups and free throws,” SFU coach Joe Haigh said. “We played hard and forced a lot of turnovers, but the tough shooting made it hard for us.”

Alli Williams posted her 18th double-double of the season for the Red Flash as she finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds. A total of 10 players scored for St. Francis.

Felicia Barron led the Bobcats with 18 points.

Mount Aloysius 63, D’Youville College  61: At Buffalo, N.Y., Becky Bard’s bank shot lifted Mount Aloysius to an overtime victory over D’Youville.

Bard finished with 14 points and Lindsy Sammarco led the Lady Mounties with a game-high 26 points. Olivia Rupp chipped in with 10 points and Teddi Burkett added 14 rebounds.

Mount Aloysius trailed 33-19 at halftime.

Men

Wheeling Jesuit 81, Pitt-Johnstown 80: At Wheeling, W.Va., senior guard Nick Novak dished out nine assists to become the career assists leader at Pitt-Johnstown, but the Mountain Cats lost a heartbreaker at Wheeling Jesuit in WVIAC action.

Novak entered the game needing two assists to tie the mark of 520 previously set by William Sharpe, who played from 2005-09. Novak now has 527 assists and his 19 points give him 1,926 for his career. That ranks second on UPJ’s all-time list.

But it was Wheeling Jesuit (15-8, 12-7) that did the celebrating after this one.

Joe Prati’s 3-pointer with a little more than two minutes remaining gave the Cardinals the lead for good in a game UPJ (14-10, 10-10) led by as many as 12.

Wheeling Jesuit got back in the game with a 24-8 run that stretched into the second half and the game went back and forth the rest of the way.

Prati’s decisive 3-pointer was his fifth of the game and it came with 2:02 remaining.

Jordan Miller led the Mountain Cats with 20 points. Andrew Cressler finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Prati scored a game-high 23 points for the Cardinals.

Quinnipiac 71, St. Francis 55: At Hamden, Conn., Ike Azotam scored 17 points and Zaid Hearst had 16 as Quinnipiac dominated inside in a victory over St. Francis on Saturday.

The Bobcats (12-13, 8-5 Northeast Conference), who had been outrebounding opponents by 9.7 per game, third best in Division I, had a 49-23 advantage on the boards against the Red Flash (3-22, 3-11) and outscored them 32-12 in the paint.

Earl Brown, who was averaging 8.5 rebounds for the Red Flash, got none.

Quinnipiac scored the game’s first seven points and led 41-19 at halftime. Hearst had 14 points by halftime.

It was the fourth straight win for the Bobcats, who defeated St. Francis 75-66 in overtime on Jan. 17.

Azotam, a junior forward, now has 1,010 career points. Evan Conti scored 13 points for the Bobcats, and Ousmane Drame had 15 rebounds to go with nine points.

Ollie Jackson scored 14 points for Saint Francis.

Mount Aloysius  84, D’Youville College  68: At Buffalo, N.Y., Mount Aloysius established a team record for wins in a season with a victory at D’Youville College.

The Mounties improved to 16-9 overall and 12-9 in AMCC action. Mount Aloysius plays at Medaille College on Tuesday in the first round of the AMCC playoffs.

“Our team is definitely peaking at the right time. We are playing some of the best defense we have all season, and I am really excited for postseason play to start,” Mount Aloysius coach Lance Loya said.

Dameon Turner posted a double-double to lead Mount Aloysius. Turner had 19 points and 11 rebounds.  Jeff Stem also scored 19 points and Tanner Thomas had 15 points. Demetrius Davis and Kyle Baughman chipped in 11 points and 12 points, respectively.

Mount Aloysius dominated the post area, outscoring D’Youville 58-14 in the paint. It also held a 55-28 advantage on the boards.