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Steelers fire offensive coach
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have fired offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. after just one season.
The Steelers (8-8) struggled to find any kind of continuity on the line. Perennial Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey went down in the season opener with a knee injury. Pittsburgh ended up using four different players at the position, part of a unit that used 10 different starting combinations in 16 games.
Kelvin Beachum provided some stability at left tackle, but former second-round picks Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert regressed.
Pittsburgh finished 27th in the league in rushing and 29th in yards per carry.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 42 times, though only 10 times over the final six games as the team went to a no-huddle offense.
Pitt-Johnstown men lose in OT
LOCK HAVEN – Pitt-Johnstown erased a 20-point deficit to force overtime on three Andrew Cressler free-throws with two seconds left, but Lock Haven held on for a 81-76 win.
Cressler’s 20 points paced five Pitt-Johnstown double-figure scorers. The Mountain Cats are 8-4.
UPJ trailed the entire game in regulation, but managed to force overtime as Cressler was fouled while attempting a last-second
3-point field goal attempt. He made all three free throws with :02 left.
UPJ women fall at Lock Haven
LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven used a 21-3 first-half run to build a lead, then held on to beat Pitt-Johnstown 70-58.
UPJ’s Nicole Carman scored 15 points and had five rebounds while Jasmine Harper added 14 points and nine rebounds for 5-7 UPJ.
Rachel Johnson grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds while Kelsey Sleighter, Leah Hansen, and Jamie Tabon each chipped in six points in the loss.
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Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
Robert Morris holds off St. Francis in NEC
Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones came up big again for top-seeded Robert Morris, with 21 and 18 points, respectively, but clutch free throws by David Appolon preserved a 60-57 victory over sixth-seeded St. Francis in a Northeast Conference semifinal on Saturday.
The Colonials (21-12) advance to Tuesday’s championship for the fifth time in six years, facing fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary’s (15-16).
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.
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