LORETTO – Earl Brown scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough to push St. Francis past New Jersey Institute of Technology, which topped the Red Flash 64-56 Saturday at DeGol Arena.
In addition to Brown, junior Ollie Jackson chipped in 12 points but the rest of the St. Francis lineup accounted for only 13 points as the Red Flash closed out their non-conference slate.
“Teams are going to look at Earl’s numbers and key in on him,” St. Francis coach Rob Krimmel said. “We need some guys to step up and start making a shot or two when that happens. We have guys who can make shots – it’s a consistency thing now for them.”
St. Francis held a 31-26 lead at the intermission but New Jersey Institute of Technology quickly erased the margin in the second half.
The Highlanders’ Damon Lynn hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 31 with 18:02 remaining. Ky Howard made one of two free throws on the next offensive series to give New Jersey Institute of Technology a 32-31 lead and the Highlanders led the rest of the way.
The Highlanders led by as much as eight when St. Francis (2-11) tore off a 17-10 run to pull within one, 54-53 with 2:44 to play. New Jersey Institute of Technology closed with a 10-3 run, with Lynn scoring four points during the span.
Lynn was 5 of 13 from the field, and scored four from 3-point range on his way to a team-high 18 points. New Jersey Institute of Technology (7-10) snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Red Flash had their chances in the second half but went cold from 3-point range, going just 2 for 11 in the frame. St. Francis hit on four 3-point field goals in the first half.
“We got a few wide-open looks that we just didn’t knock down and we got a little tentative after that,” Krimmel said. “You miss that first one, then a second one and it becomes a mental thing after that.”
St. Francis visits Bryant to open Northeast Conference play on Thursday.
Moving on up | Nine grapplers advance to AA quarterfinals
Bedford’s Garrett Thomas said he wasn’t nervous at all.
United’s Tyler Oliver admitted that he was, even if he told his coaches that he wasn’t.
And Richland’s Nico Pecora said the pressure is on his family members, not him.
Nervous or not, those three, who were making their state tournament debuts, and six other local wrestlers won their first match at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning to qualify for today’s quarterfinal round.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Tomahawks return home to face Jets
Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence knows numbers can be deceiving.
For instance, the Tomahawks’ Matt Meier had two goals and three points on Saturday night. Goaltender Brett Young made 41 saves.
Those statistics are impressive for 60 minutes of work. Both players had solid efforts, especially during a road game. On paper, the numbers looked good enough for a victory.
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.
Pirates, Jays rained out
The Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.
The game will not be made up.
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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Local wrestlers advance in PIAA tournament
Nine local wrestlers – including three from Bedford – advanced to the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships this morning.
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