St. Francis 56
LORETTO – Jonathon Williams had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Wagner led by 16 points at halftime en route to victory over St. Francis in a Northeast Conference game on Saturday.
Williams made 8 of 10 shots from the field, and Wagner shot 57.6 percent (34 of 59) and held St. Francis to 35.7 percent (20 of 56). The Seahawks also won the battle on the boards 35-25.
Eric Fanning scored 15 points, Orlando Parker had 14 points and seven rebounds and Latif Rivers and Kenneth Ortiz contributed 10 points apiece for the Seahawks (11-8, 5-3) in their second consecutive victory.
Ronnie Drinnon and Ben Millaud-Meunier scored 12 points each for the Red Flash (1-18, 1-7).
From an 18-10 advantage with 8:48 left in the first half, Wagner took control, outscoring St. Francis 12-2 to lead
30-12 with 4:57 remaining.
Mount Aloysius 70 PSU-Behrend 60
CRESSON – Mount Aloysius completed the season sweep of AMCC perennial power Penn State-Behrend.
The win puts Mount Aloysius back into first place in the Allegheny Mountian Collegaite Conference.
Mount Aloysius shot just 1-9 from behind the arc in the first half, and trailed 27-21 at the half.
The early part of the second half saw more of the same, with the Penn State-Behrend lead ballooning to 11 points with 11:32 to play in the game.
But a Demetrius Davis jumper sparked a 17-4 run over the next seven minutes to give Mount Aloysius a 2-point lead with 3:55 to play.
The Mounties were able to finish out the game strong at the foul line, sinking 16-18 shots in the second half, compared to Penn State-Behrend's 5-7.
St. Francis 80 Wagner 43
LORETTO – Alli Williams put together her 12th double-double performance of the season as the St. Francis women knocked off Wagner.
St. Francis (10-8, 5-2) took command early in the first half and never looked back as the Flash ended a two-game conference losing skid.
Jordyn Peck led the way for the Seahawks with 12 points and five rebounds. Williams tallied 19 points and 16 rebounds while Rebecca Keegan and Nickia Gibbs each added 10.
Mount Aloysius 86 PSU-Behrend 81
CRESSON – Junior guard Lindsy Sammarco scored her 1,000th career point in a double-overtime victory.
Sammarco entered the game averaging 18.4 points per game and 22 points shy of the scoring plateau. She hit a 3-pointer to earn her 1,000th point with a 2:57 to go in the second overtime.
Mount Aloysius held a 63-60 edge with seven seconds to go in regulation, but Penn State-Behrend's Brianna Bayly hit a 3-pointer to force the first extra period.
Freshman Kaylee Roop hit a pair of free throws with four seconds to play in the first overtime to give Mount Aloysius a 76-74 lead. But Bayly was able to hit a jumper at the buzzer to force the second overtime.
This time, the Lady Mounties grabbed the early lead with back-to-back layups by Becky Bard and did not look back.
Sammarco finished with a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bard contributed 26 points and Olivia Rupp had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
WASHINGTON – The Pitt women saw a furious late second-half rally fall short at McDonough Arena.
Sophomore Brianna Kiesel paced the Panthers (9-10, 0-6) with 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Junior Asia Logan tallied 19 points, 15 in the second half. Junior Marquel Davis chipped in a career-best 10 boards.
Senior Sugar Rodgers led the Hoyas with a game-high 25 points and nine assists.
Trailing by 14 at intermission, Pitt cut the lead to 33-21 to start the second half on a short jumper from Kiesel.
GU recorded 10 of the game’s next 12 points to extend its lead to 43-23 with 16:35 to play with all four field goals scored over the run tallied in the paint.
The Hoyas built their advantage to as many as 23 points, lastly on a put-back from junior Andrea White with 12:09 remaining. Pitt matched GU for scores over the next two possessions as the Hoyas moved to a 22-point edge (57-35) at the 8:15 mark.
The Panthers used a 14-4 run – commenced by back-to-back three-pointers from Abby Dowd and Logan – to cut the deficit to 12 at 61-49 with 5:05 showing. Logan closed the surge with a fast-break lay-up. An unforced turnover on Pitt’s next trip down the court stopped the run.
After two free throws by Rodgers, Cora McManus – again – made it an even dozen down with an offensive follow for the Panthers. The Hoyas pulled back ahead by 14 points on two more from the free throw line, but Pitt responded with a 4-0 run to close to 65-55 on a triple from Kiesel with 1:42 left.
GU scored on its next trip down the court and a flurry of three’s bounced off the rim for Pitt as its rally came too late.
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
It’s deja vu for the Berlin Brothersvalley girls basketball team.
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.
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