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November 10, 2012

Local sports in brief 11/11/2012

JOHNSTOWN — FOOTBALL

St. Francis beats Monmouth

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – John Kelly passed for a season-high 263 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another to help St. Francis beat Monmouth 45-31 Saturday.

Tied 7-7 with 7:38 left in the first quarter, Dane Domonkos returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown – the Red Flash’s first kick return for a touchdown in two seasons – to give St. Francis (4-6, 3-4 Northeast conference) a 14-7 advantage.

Monmouth (4-5, 3-3) did not get any closer as St. Francis outscored the Hawks 24-10 the rest of the first half.

Kelly tossed both his touchdowns in the first half – a 2-yard pass to Josh Thiel and a 16-yard completion to A.J. Alexander – to help the Red Flash take a 38-17 lead into halftime. Kelly completed 16 of 21 passes. Alexander led all receivers with 110 yards and 6 catches.

Anthony Abeid, who is not listed among the top three running backs on the Red Flash depth chart, finished with 119 rushing yards and a 27-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Keion Wade also rushed for a touchdown, but he was ejected from the game following a showving match.

The road conference win was the first for St. Francis since 1999 and the four wins sets a new standard since the Red Flash moved up to the Division I-level. St. Francis competes in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA.

BASKETBALL

Miller hits 1,000 as Cats get win

BLOOMSBURG – Jordan Miller scored 10 points on Saturday to become the Pitt-Johnstown men’s 24th 1,000-point scorer, and Nick Novak poured in a game-high 27 points as UPJ opened its season with a 70-58 victory at Bloomsburg University.

Miller’s milestone layup came just 1:42 into the game.

After falling behind by three early, the Mountain Cats used a

13-0 run over the next 3:57 to go up 15-5. Novak (scored four of his 11 first-half points during the run, and Noah Haurtung capped it with a basket with just under 14 minutes left in the half.

 UPJ shot 26 of 53 from the floor, including 7 of 18 from behind the 3-point line, and 11-15 from the free-throw line, while holding the Huskies to just 19 of 58 shooting.

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