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November 14, 2013

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Pitt-Johnstown 93, Penn State-New Kensington 47: In New Kensington, Pitt-Johnstown got 18 points from Jake Laravie and a double-double from Adam Shaheen in a lopsided victory at Penn State-New Kensington on Thursday.

Pitt-Johnstown improved to 2-0.

The Mountain Cats raced out to a 52-22 halftime advantage and never looked back in the 46-point win.

Laravie scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from behind the 3-point line to pace five Mountain Cats who scored in double figures.

Andrew Cressler had 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Shaheen collected a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  

Bill Luther tallied 13 points. Paul Weatherly finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Pitt-Johnstown.

The Mountain Cats dominated in every aspect.  Pitt-Johnstown, which outrebounded the Lions 51-18, shot 46 percent (36 of 78) from the field, 10 of 32 from 3-point range, and 11 of 14 from the free-throw line.  Pitt-Johnstown held Penn State-New Kensington to just 32.1-percent shooting, including just

Shaquille Hager led Penn State-New Kensington (0-1) with 13 points. 


Pitt-Johnstown 91, Washington Adventist 58: It was another career-night for Kayla DeCriscio.  After scoring 24 points in Tuesday’s opener, DeCriscio came back with seven more 3-pointers and a career-high 26 points to lead the Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball team to a victory over Washington Adventist, Thursday evening in the Sports Center.

Coach Mike Drahos earned his first win at the helm of the Pitt-Johnstown program, which evened its record at 1-1.

Decriscio and Kelsey Sleighter started the night with back-to-back 3-pointers, before another one from Nicole Carman gave the Lady Cats a 12-2 lead five minutes into the game.

Washington Adventist battled back to cut it to 21-15 on a Rashawnda Carter layup at 11:09, but Pitt-Johnstown outscored the Shock 15-2 over the next six minutes to build the lead to 36-17 on another DeCriscio 3-pointer.

Washington Adventist never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Sleighter scored to extend it to 20 late in the half, before the Lady Cats took a 41-23 halftime advantage into the locker room.

It was more of the same in the second half. One of Leah Hansen’s four 3-pointers pushed the lead out to 31 with 12:31 to play.

Jamie Tabon gave Pitt-Johnstown its largest lead of the night at 89-50 with a 3-pointer with just under 3 minutes remaining. Lady Cats

Pitt-Johnstown then cruised to the 33-point win.

DeCriscio led all scorers and four Pitt-Johnstown double-figure scorers with 26 points. DeCriscio also grabbed nine rebounds while Carman finished with a double-double – 14 points and 10 rebounds.  Hansen had 13 points and Inaya Stephenson tallied 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.


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