Pitt-Johnstown 93, Penn State-New Kensington 47: In New Kensington, Pitt-Johnstown got 18 points from Jake Laravie and a double-double from Adam Shaheen in a lopsided victory at Penn State-New Kensington on Thursday.
Pitt-Johnstown improved to 2-0.
The Mountain Cats raced out to a 52-22 halftime advantage and never looked back in the 46-point win.
Laravie scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from behind the 3-point line to pace five Mountain Cats who scored in double figures.
Andrew Cressler had 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Shaheen collected a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Bill Luther tallied 13 points. Paul Weatherly finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Pitt-Johnstown.
The Mountain Cats dominated in every aspect. Pitt-Johnstown, which outrebounded the Lions 51-18, shot 46 percent (36 of 78) from the field, 10 of 32 from 3-point range, and 11 of 14 from the free-throw line. Pitt-Johnstown held Penn State-New Kensington to just 32.1-percent shooting, including just
Shaquille Hager led Penn State-New Kensington (0-1) with 13 points.
Pitt-Johnstown 91, Washington Adventist 58: It was another career-night for Kayla DeCriscio. After scoring 24 points in Tuesday’s opener, DeCriscio came back with seven more 3-pointers and a career-high 26 points to lead the Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball team to a victory over Washington Adventist, Thursday evening in the Sports Center.
Coach Mike Drahos earned his first win at the helm of the Pitt-Johnstown program, which evened its record at 1-1.
Decriscio and Kelsey Sleighter started the night with back-to-back 3-pointers, before another one from Nicole Carman gave the Lady Cats a 12-2 lead five minutes into the game.
Washington Adventist battled back to cut it to 21-15 on a Rashawnda Carter layup at 11:09, but Pitt-Johnstown outscored the Shock 15-2 over the next six minutes to build the lead to 36-17 on another DeCriscio 3-pointer.
Washington Adventist never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.
Sleighter scored to extend it to 20 late in the half, before the Lady Cats took a 41-23 halftime advantage into the locker room.
It was more of the same in the second half. One of Leah Hansen’s four 3-pointers pushed the lead out to 31 with 12:31 to play.
Jamie Tabon gave Pitt-Johnstown its largest lead of the night at 89-50 with a 3-pointer with just under 3 minutes remaining. Lady Cats
Pitt-Johnstown then cruised to the 33-point win.
DeCriscio led all scorers and four Pitt-Johnstown double-figure scorers with 26 points. DeCriscio also grabbed nine rebounds while Carman finished with a double-double – 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hansen had 13 points and Inaya Stephenson tallied 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.
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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