falls at Niagara
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Despite a strong start to the second half, the St. Francis men dropped a 86-69 decision Tuesday at Niagara.
The Red Flash trailed by 21 at intermission.
After opening the second period in a zone defense and a revamped rebounding effort, the Flash appeared poised to rally, but the Purple Eagles (1-1) were able to regain control.
Niagara held a 29-11 rebound edge in the first half.
“Anytime you get out-rebounded like that in the first half, you don't give yourself a chance to win games,” said coach Rob Krimmel. “Our guys came back and played with some purpose in the second half and gave us a shot pull back into it.”
St. Francis (0-2) cut the deficit to 12, 64-52, in the second half but Juan’ya Green scored five straight points and Antoine Mason sank a jumper to seal the win.
Niagara shot 51.6 percent
(32-62) with St. Francis shooting 41.4 percent (25-58). The Eagles led 45-34 in rebounding.
Stephon Whyatt led St. Francis with 23 points and Ollie Jackson added 15.
Pitt easily defeats Lehigh
PITTSBURGH – Tray Woodall scored a season-high 23 points and Talib Zanna tied a career-high with 20 as Pittsburgh crushed Lehigh 78-53 in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday night.
Woodall added eight assists for the Panthers (3-0), who will play Michigan in the tournament semifinals next week.
Pitt kept Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum in check for most of the night. The senior preseason All-American finished with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting but was a nonfactor when Pitt broke it open.
The Mountain Hawks (1-2) hung tough during the first half but had no answer during a 21-5 burst by Pitt early in the second half.
Zanna scored seven straight points during the run while Woodall sandwiched layups around a basket by Steven Adams as Pitt turned a
35-32 lead into a comfortable
Lehigh, which upset Duke in last year’s NCAA tournament, shot just 32 percent in the second half.
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Penguins shut out Capitals
Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who swept the teams’ home-and-series one night after beating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington.
Bishop Carroll slips past Monessen
Just when things looked the bleakest for the Bishop Carroll boys’ basketball team on Tuesday night, the Huskies went on a 22-0 run keyed by Nik Suckinos from 3-point range and held on for a 69-65 victory over Monessen in second round PIAA Tournament action at Gateway High School.
“I was trying to be a spark off the bench,” said the junior forward, who finished with 14 points. “It was a big game and when I went in, I really focused on hitting my shots. Shots were falling. It was a good night.”
Berlin girls playing in PIAA rematch
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The Mountaineers (22-4) will play District 7 champion Vincentian Academy in PIAA Class A second-round action at 8 p.m. tonight at Hempfield High School.
Shade taking hopes on the road
The Shade girls’ basketball team is looking at its two-plus hour road trip to Big Spring High School in Newville today as a twist of good fate.
The Panthers will take on Halifax in a 7 p.m. Class A contest in the second round of the PIAA Tournament.
Steelers’ Woodley victim of salary cap
The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Tuesday, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap and signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers.
Mitchell first announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Steelers and his agent Brian Hamilton confirmed the signing to The Associated Press.
Hawkins signed to offer sheet
On the first day of free agency, Cleveland signed Cincinnati wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet. The Bengals have five days to match the contract or Hawkins will join the Browns, who need a replacement at slot receiver after releasing troubled veteran Davone Bess.
Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
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Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
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