NEW YORK —
St. Francis 64
St. Francis (N.Y.) 61
NEW YORK – Earl Brown scored 19 points and pulled down 12 boards to help St. Francis (Pa.) snap an eight-game losing streak and win just its second game of the season, edging St. Francis Brooklyn 64-61 Saturday.
Ollie Jackson added 14 points and Tony Peters chipped in 13 for the Red Flash.
The Terriers (9-12, 5-5 Northeast Conference) led 56-55 with 3:20 left to play before Jackson and Peters combined to score the Red Flash’s next six points. The Terriers missed three layups and a 3-pointer during the spurt and did not score again until Jalen Cannon’s layup with 22 seconds showing.
The Red Flash (2-19, 2-8) shot 55 percent (24 of 44), their second best output this season, and held the Terriers to 38 percent (22 of 58).
Cannon posted 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Terriers, who shot a season low nine percent (2 of 21) from 3-point range.
Hilbert 86, Mount Aloysius 79
HAMBURG, N.Y. – Foul shooting woes got the best of Mount Aloysius, as Hilbert College upset the Mounties.
Mount Aloysius shot an abysmal 12-24 from the line. Hilbert, however, was able to connect on 32-42 of their foul shots.
The Mounties held a 10-point advantage with 5:09 to play in the first half. But a string of Hilbert free throws to end the opening period allowed the Hawks to narrow the gap to just 37-35 at the break.
An Anthony Hodge free throw with 7:26 to play gave Hilbert a 64-63 lead. Mount Aloysius was unable to regain the lead the rest of the contest.
Jeff Stem scored 22 points for Mount Aloysius, while Dameon Turner had 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Hodge topped Hilbert with 24 points.
Comm. College of Beaver Co. 101 Penn Highlands 65
Behind Bernard Francis’ 22 points, Community College of Beaver County improved to 18-0 by trouncing host Penn Highlands.
The Black Bears’ Rashaud Kelly had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Jordan Swauger added 18 points and 6 rebounds. Jermaine Graves and Grant Speigle each scored in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Penn Highlands fell to 7-8.
West Virginia 77, Texas Tech 61
LUBBOCK, Texas – West Virginia coach Bob Huggins watched his team score in ways he didn’t expect during a 77-61 win over Texas Tech on Saturday.
From 3-point range.
Freshman Eron Harris scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to lead the Mountaineers. He hit 3 of 5 3-pointers in the second half after missing all four tries from beyond the arc in the first half. Terry Henderson, who has been nursing a bad back the last month or so, hit 3 of 4 3-pointers and Gary Browne hit on all three of his 3s.
“Eron has shot it pretty consistent for us and Terry is starting to get well,” Huggins said. “Terry we thought all along was our best shooter. Gary Browne hit a big one. Gary hadn’t shot the ball very well. I think Gary came in shooting 16 percent from 3 or something like that.”
St. Francis 64
St. Francis (N.Y.) 53
NEW YORK – The St. Francis women's basketball team won its third consecutive game as they took down the St. Francis (N.Y.) Terriers Saturday at the Pope Physical Education Center.
The Red Flash (12-8, 7-2) got 17 points from Shene Fleming and Alli Williams, while the Terriers (7-13, 4-5) were led by Sarah Benedetti. Benedetti scored 11 of the first 13 SFC points and hit five three-pointers in the first half to finish with 24 points.
Williams was held scoreless in the first half for the second straight contest. Williams' first basket came with 15:30 remaining in the second half. The junior forward finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her 14th double-double effort of the season.
The Red Flash trailed the majority of the game until they went on a 9-2 run midway through the second half sparked by a basket and a free throw from Fleming. The pass came from Brittany Lilley and it was one of her game-high nine assists, tying a season-high.
The Red Flash defense forced 18 Terriers turnovers and held them to 36.2-percent shooting for the game.
Mount Aloysius 70, Hilbert 46
HAMBURG, N.Y. – Freshman Becky Bard scored 20 points to lead Mount Aloysius to victory over Hilbert.
Mount Aloysius started the game on an 11-2 run and never looked back. A Teddi Burkett jumper with 13:04 to play in the game gave the Lady Mounties their first 20-plus point lead. They would hover at that margin for the remainder of the second half.
Burkett recorded a double-double in the victory, with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Mount Aloysius shot 21-23 from the charity stripe, and connected on 7 three-pointers. Every player on Mount Aloysius’ roster made it into the scoring column.
NEW YORK —
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.
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.
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