Wagner slips past St. Francis
LORETTO – Marcus Burton scored 14 points, including a 3-pointer that helped fuel a second half go-ahead run, to lift Wagner to a 56-50 win over St. Francis on Saturday.
Trailing by as much as 13 points in the first half, Wagner (9-9, 3-1 Northeast Conference) took its first lead of the game on a Kenneth Ortiz layup that made it 32-31 early in the second half and then padded it with Burton’s 3 during an 8-0 spurt, making it 42-34 with 10 minutes to play.
Latif Rivers contributed 12 points for the Seahawks, who now have won 11 of the past 13 matchups against St. Francis.
Both teams struggled offensively, but Wagner made twice as many trips to the foul line, hitting 14 of 18, and held a 43-34 rebounding advantage.
St. Francis (3-14, 1-3) was led by Earl Brown, who scored half of the team’s total points.
Robert Morris sinks SF women
PITTSBURGH – Behind a near triple-double effort from Artemis Spanou, Robert Morris was able to beat the St. Francis women 83-69.
Spanou finished with 25 points, 19 rebounds, and nine assists to lead the Colonials (8-8, 4-1) over the Red Flash (4-12, 2-3).
Alli Williams led the way for St. Francis with 27 points and 10 rebounds, to give her a double-double for the first time since Dec. 21. Alexa Hayward chipped in with 16 points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds.
Purdue gets win over Penn State
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Terone Johnson had 14 points and five rebounds to lead Purdue to a 65-64 win over Penn State on Saturday night.
Kendall Stephens and Basil Smotherman each scored 12 points for the Boilermakers (13-5, 3-2 Big Ten), who have won three straight Big Ten games for the first time since February 2012.
Tim Frazier had 19 points and 10 rebounds and D.J. Newbill added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (9-10, 0-6), who have lost six straight, all in league play.
Terone Johnson scored a 3-pointer with 7 seconds remaining to tie the game at 64 and Ronnie Johnson broke up Penn State’s inbounds pass before A.J. Hammons scored a free throw with a second remaining to capture the win.
Six Hilltoppers place at Mercer
MERCER – Colin Barron won the 182-pound championship and five other Westmont Hilltop wrestlers placed at the Mercer tournament on Saturday.
“We're still in the learning process,” Westmont Hilltop coach Matt Beaujon said. “We only took 11 guys and they all wrestled tough and showed signs of improvement. It's a step in the right direction.”
Barron certainly took a step in the right direction, as he won his first varsity title in his first finals appearance.
“He was down 5-2 with about 50 seconds left in the third period and he took the kid down and put him on his back for five (points),” Beaujon said. “He wrestled a real solid tournament. He had a pretty tough kid in the finals and just kept after him for six minutes and got his first varsity tournament title.”
Westmont's Logan Blackburn (113 pounds) finished second while Trent Blackburn (120) and Drake Dorian (126) each finished third in their respective weights of the 13-team tournament. Jake Buck (195) and Hussein Sbeitan (285) each placed sixth.
Lions’ Buttry injured in duals
BROOKVILLE – Chestnut Ridge went 3-2 in the Brookville Ultimate Duals on Saturday, but might have suffered a big loss.
The Lions, who are No. 13 in the latest edition of the Off the Mat rankings for Class AA teams, beat No. 5 Burrell 31-29 in the opening dual of the day, but heavyweight Austin Buttry, who is ranked fourth at 285, was injured in the match. The Lions clinched the victory with a pin from Shane Davis at 220 pounds.
“Burrell's been a quality team for years,” Chestnut Ridge coach Greg Lazor said. “It was a battle the whole way. Davis hit a little from the bottom to pin him.”
Reynolds, which is ranked second, beat Chestnut Ridge 43-12.
“When I checked all of the teams out, I knew Reynolds was the team (to beat),” Lazor said. “I think we can give them a better match than we did. It's going to be a challenge to get them, but we can give them a better match.”
The Lions rebounded to sandwich victories over Brockway (37-23) and Saegertown (36-22) around a 41-26 loss to No. 6 Brookville. Lazor said the tough competition could pay off when the postseason rolls around for his team.
“I hope it prepares us well,” he said. “That's why we went through all of them grinds. All of them are a grind, every match. Hopefully it teaches guys how to continue to work, either to get bonus points or try to save bonus points. We go to things like that for a reason. Hopefully it pays off.”