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December 16, 2012

Local College Basketball | Novak leads UPJ past Wheeling

JOHNSTOWN — Pitt-Johnstown received a game-high 27 points from Nick Novak and built a

12-point second-half lead on the way to a 79-71 victory over Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday at the Sports Center. Pitt-Johnstown has won three straight games and improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in conference-play.

Wheeling Jesuit opened-up an 16-11 lead seven minutes into the game on a Justin Fritts 3-pointer, but the Mountain Cats answered with a 12-0 run over the next three minutes to build a seven-point advantage of their own on Novak’s breakaway dunk. Recardo Gaddy’s layup closed a quick 8-2 Cardinals’ spurt that cut it to

25-24 at 8:23, but Pitt-Johnstown was able to rebuild the lead to seven at the half.

Novak’s 3-pointer from the corner extended it back to five points before Jordan Miller connected for three with 35 seconds remaining to extend it to 41-34 at the break.

Fritts’ layup at 12:23 got Wheeling Jesuit to within two at 49-47, but Noah Hartun hit a 3-pointer on Pitt-Johnstown’s next trip down the floor to ignite an 13-3 Mountain Cat run and extend the lead to 12 with 8:05 to play.

Wheeling Jesuit clawed back to within three on two occasions, with the last coming on a Philip Green bucket with 1:11 on the clock. However, that’s as close as the Cardinals could get.

Novak led all scorers and four Pitt-

Johnstown players in double figures with 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. Bill Luther had 12 points and Andrew Cressler added 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

Hartung had 10 points and five rebounds and Paul Weatherly chipped-in nine points off the bench. Ian Vescovi pulled down 12 rebounds in the win.

Mount Aloysius 83, Lancaster Bible 70

CRESSON – Mount Aloysius continued its winning ways with a victory over Lancaster Bible.

The Mounties struggled to defend Lancaster Bible’s strong outside shooting early as the Chargers opened 8 of 10 from behind the arc and held a 41-38 lead at halftime.

Back-to-back Demetrius Davis 3-pointers to open the second half allowed the Mounties to recapture the lead for good.

Mount Aloysius was also able to hold Lancaster Bible to just 33-percent shooting in the second half.

Davis finished with a game-high 27 points. Dameon Turner chipped in 12 points for the hosts.

Lancaster Bible was led by Dan Karl’s 16 points.

 

College Women

Wheeling Jesuit 72, Pitt-Johnstown 69

Kaitlynn Fratz scored a game-high31 points to help Pitt-Johnstown battle back from a 17-point deficit, but Wheeling Jesuit eventually held on for a win Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center.

The Lady Cats dropped to 3-4 and 1-4 in the WVIAC.

Nicole Carman’s 3-pointer gave the Lady Cats an early three-point lead, but Wheeling Jesuit answered with an 11-0 run, including eight straight points from Jamie Sobczak, to build a 15-7 advantage with 14:50 left in the half.

The Cardinals held the lead the rest of the half. Two free throws by Taneka Lewis a minute later pushed it into double figures before an Alex Anderson layup at

1:54 gave Wheeling Jesuit its largest lead of the first half at 44-27. Pitt-Johnstown got five points from Fratz and a bucket from Jasmine Harper in the final two minutes to pull to within 12 at 46-34 at the half.

Sobczak’s layup and free-throw 2:20 into the second half pushed the Cardinals back to 15.

The Lady Cats stormed back with a 24-6 run of their own over the the next 11 minutes to retake the lead. Kayla DeCriscio’s

3-pointer at 8:14 gave the lead back to Pitt-Johnstown. Grace Hyland followed with a basket on the Lady Cats’ next trip down the floor to increase it to 60-57 with 6:52 to play.

A Breanna Butler 3-pointer with just under five minutes to play gave the lead back to the Cardinals, but Pitt-Johnstown clawed back again for a chance to tie it at the buzzer.

Fratz led all scorers with 31 points on 10-20 shooting from the field and 9 of 12 from the free-throw line. Harper had 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Carman and DeCriscio each had eight points. Carman also grabbed six rebounds. Rachel Johnson added six points and eight rebounds in the loss.

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