The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

High School Sports

January 18, 2014

Local sports in brief 1/19/2014

JOHNSTOWN — BASKETBALL

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.

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