Alle-Kiski Valley campus clippings: IUP RBs play key role in quarterfinal victory
IUP's freshmen running backs with Alle-Kiski Valley ties helped the Crimson Hawks advance to the national semifinals for the first time since the 20th century.
Duane Brown (Apollo-Ridge) scored the go-ahead touchdown from 1 yard with 1 minute, 9 seconds remaining, giving IUP a 27-22 victory over Assumption in the Super Region One final Saturday.
Brown rushed for 59 yards and two scores, and Justice Evans (Vandergrift/Central Catholic) ran for a career-high 167 yards, part of an IUP performance that saw the Crimson Hawks pile up 340 rushing yards.
IUP advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals for the first time since 1999 and will host West Florida at noon Saturday.
Sophomore Nick Bowers (Kittanning) got his first career catch and first touchdown on the same play last month, grabbing a 15-yard touchdown reception from Tommy Stevens in the fourth quarter of the Nittany Lions' 56-44 win over Nebraska.
Sophomore Johnny Petrishen (Lower Burrell/Central Catholic) had three tackles, including one for a loss, during the regular season.
Junior Billy Urso (Fox Chapel) hit six 3-pointers, finishing with 18 points, in the Gators' 78-63 victory over Carnegie Mellon.
The six 3-pointers tied Urso's career high and are one off the school record. Sophomore Jamison Nee (Highlands) added 12 points and three assists in the win.
Washington & Jefferson
Freshman Mitch DeZort (Highlands) reached a career high in points, scoring a team-high eight in an 85-56 loss Saturday to Westminster.
Senior Erin Mathias (Fox Chapel) posted 10 points and 10 rebounds as No. 14 Duke downed No. 8 Ohio State, 69-60. It was the second double-double of the season for Mathias, who is averaging 7.3 points and 6 rebounds for the Blue Devils (6-1).
Redshirt sophomore Sydney Bordonaro (Burrell) scored 13 points in 17 minutes in the Waves' 75-74 loss to UC-Irvine. Bordonaro shot 4 of 6 from the field, including 3 of 5 from behind the arc.
St. Francis (Pa.)
Junior Courtney Zezza (Plum) had eight points, nine rebounds and two blocks as the Red Flash erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit in a 77-73 victory at Cincinnati.
Sophomore Kayla Slovenec (Fox Chapel) scored a team-high 17 points to go with three rebounds and three steals in a 79-65 win over Waynesburg.