The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 10, 2013

College basketball roundup: Williams records double-double for St. Francis


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LORETTO – Junior Alli Williams notched her 16th double-double of the season and St. Francis easily defeated Mount St. Mary’s. 81-54, Saturday afternoon at DeGol Arena.

Williams finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Flash, who improved to 13-9 overall and 8-3 in the Northeast Conference.

“The ball was moving around really well and people were making shots,” St. Francis coach Joe Haigh said. “We forced a lot of turnovers, which helped keep the tempo up to our advantage.”

St. Francis made 51 percent of its first-half shots and scored a season-high 48 points in the first 20 minutes.

The Red Flash forced the Mountaineers (9-13, 5-6) into 21 turnovers. During one stretch, Mount St. Mary’s had turnovers on five consecutive possessions.

Nickia Gibbs added 10 points for St. Francis, which plays at Robert Morris on Monday.

Jacqueline Brewer led the Mountaineers with 16 points.

Pitt-Johnstown 83, Charleston 69: Rachel Johnson had a double-double of 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds to lead five Lady Cats who scored in double figures at Charleston.

Pitt-Johnstown improved to 13-8 overall and 11-7 in the WVIAC.

UPJ’s Nicole Carman scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Kaitlynn Fratz had 14 points and seven boards, and Inaya Stephenson and Kelsey Sleighter each scored a dozen points for the Lady Cats. Jasmine Harper added nine points and 12 rebounds in the win.

The Lady Cats raced out of the gate behind six quick points from Stephenson and a basket in the paint from Johnson to build a 12-0 lead three minutes into the game.

The Golden Eagles didn't go away and outscored the Lady Cats 30-20 over the final 10:08 to cut it to 42-38 at halftime on Tianni Kelly's layup as time expired.

Pitt-Johnstown dominated the glass, 58-37, and shot 49.2 percent (29-59) from the field, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range, and 21 of 33 from the free-throw line.

Pitt-Bradford 73, Mount Aloysius 64: Pitt-Bradford completed the season sweep of Mount Aloysius with a win in Cresson.

The Lady Mounties made only 8 of 31 field-goal attempts in the first half and trailed at halftime, 39-20.

Mount Aloysius pulled within three points with 6:07 remaining.

Teddi Burkett and Becky Bard scored 18 points apiece for the Lady Huskies. Lindsy Sammarco chipped in with 14 points.

Allison Osborne led Pitt-Bradford with 19 points. Alicia Kimmel scored 13 points and triggered a late run with a key 3-pointer.

Men

Penn Highlands 82, Butler County Community College 60: Josh Corbett had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Penn Highlands.  

Jordan Swauger added 19 points. Rashaud Kelley and Jermaine Graves scored 10 points apiece.  

Vinnie Schmidt led the Pioneers with 19 points.

Penn Highlands is 9-9, 3-5,  and BC3 is 3-18, 2 -6.

Mount Aloysius 69, Pitt-Bradford 65: Jeff Stem sank a pair of free throws with 0.8 seconds remaining to seal a 69-65 Mount Aloysius win over Pitt-Bradford in Cresson.

Mount Aloysius started the game out trailing, 14-4, before a Dameon Turner jumper sparked a 17-7 run to tie the game with 5:40 to go in the first half.  Mount Aloysius lead 34-30 at the break.

In the second half, the Mount Aloysius lead swelled to as many as 11 points.

Tanner Thomas led Mount Aloysius with 17 points. Jeff Stem added 16 points, and Turner chipped in 12 points.

The Mounties got 39 points out of their bench, and shot 42 percent from the field.

“We played solid defense in the second half, and held Pitt-Bradford to just 2-for-11 from 3-point distance. We also did a good job of pounding the ball inside and getting their post players in foul trouble,” Mount Aloysius coach Lance Loya said.

Mount Aloysius outscored Pitt-Bradford 36-22 in the paint.

Pitt-Johnstown 82, Charleston 72: Nick Novak scored a game-high 28 points and Central Cambria graduate Jordan Miller chipped in 23 points with five 3-pointers as Pitt-Johnstown won at Charleston.

Novak and Miller combined to go 13-for-14 from the free-throw line for the Mountain Cats, who improved to 14-8 overall and 10-8 in the WVIAC.

UPJ went on a 27-12 run over the final 9:47 of the first half to build a 10-point lead at 46-36. Charleston cut into that lead in the second half and drew as close as 60-58 on a Quincy Washington 3-pointer with 7:33 remaining.

Bill Luther (10 points) and Miller hit 3-pointers to build a 71-63 lead for the Mountain Cats.

Nebraska 67, Penn State 53: At Lincoln, Neb., Dylan Talley had 16 points and Nebraska pulled away from Penn State early in the second half to take a 67-53 win Saturday night.

Nebraska (12-12, 3-8 Big Ten) opened the second half with an 12-2 spurt that put the Cornhuskers up 41-26 on David Rivers’ free throws with 16:50 left.

Penn State (8-15, 0-11 Big Ten), which went nearly 7 minutes without a field goal to open the second half, cut the Nebraska lead to 52-40 on D.J. Newbill’s layup with 6:50 left. Talley’s 3-pointer and a Brandon Ubel free throw put Nebraska back up 16 with 5:32 left. Penn State got no closer than 12.  

Nebraska made 32 of 41 free throws in the foul-plagued game that saw 51 fouls called on the two teams.

Penn State hit 23 of 32 free throws.

Ubel had 14 points for Nebraska and Ray Gallegos had 11.