St. Vincent men's basketball team plays tough
College Football Videos
There is only one option for St. Vincent men's basketball coach D.P. Harris, he said, and he got a glimpse of it during the Bearcats' first exhibition game of the season at Robert Morris.
“Whether we offer scholarships or no scholarships, our brand of basketball is tough,” Harris said after St. Vincent's gritty 81-67 loss on Thursday to the Division I Colonials, who are picked to finished second in the Northeast Conference behind two-time defending champion Long Island.
The Colonials, who received three of the 12 first-place votes in the league's annual preseason poll, finished as the conference tournament runner-up in 2011, narrowly missing a bid to the NCAA Tournament. They went on to reach the quarterfinals of the collegeinsider.com Tournament, finishing the year with a 26-11 record.
Prior to switching affiliation to NCAA Division III, St. Vincent was able to provide athletics scholarships at the NAIA level. Division III schools are prohibited from offering athletic aid.
So be it, said Harris.
“We have a lot of options returning this year and we're going to try to use every one of them,” he said. “We can rebound and we can score. We have a lot of options to go deep into the bench.”
Behind the hot shooting of point guard Chris Klimchock, who made three consecutive 3-point shots in a span of 1 minute, 4 seconds, St. Vincent crept within 10 points of the homestanding Colonials.
Isaac Turner's free throw with 2:08 left kept St. Vincent within 77-67. Turner connected on 4 of 5 shots from 3-point range in the first half and was 4 for 8 for the game, while Klimchock hit 4 of 6 from behind the arc.
“I couldn't be happier where I'm at now,” said Klimchock, a Greensburg Central Catholic High School product who began his college career at Division II Edinboro before transferring to St. Vincent during the 2011 season.
“Coach Harris has given me an incredible opportunity. It's going to make a big difference for me to be here all year rather than come in in the middle of the season like I did last year.”
Turner led St. Vincent with 19 points. Klimchock, despite a game-high nine turnovers, added 14 points. He is the Bearcats' leading returning scorer (11.2 ppg) this season following the graduation of Dennis Bassich (16.7) and Tauvon Pettiford (11.8).
Dillon Stith, the team's leading rebounder (5.6 rpg) and the return of 6-foot-8 Grant Latus from a year-long injury should bolster St. Vincent.
“We're trying to push the ball in our transition game,” Klimchock said. “I'm not concerned about turning it over like that. This is a tough place to play and we were very anxious to start the game because we were playing a Division I team.”
St. Vincent outscored Robert Morris, 36-27, in the second half.
“If we can play consistent defense,” Klimchock said, “we can have a chance to win any game in our league.”
St. Vincent opens its Presidents' Athletic Conference schedule on Dec. 1 against visiting Westminster (Pa.). The Bearcats' season opener is Nov. 16 at Virginia Wesleyan, ranked No. 1 in the preseason by D-III News and No. 2 by D3hoops.com.
For the St. Vincent women's team, former All-American Brittany Sedlock, has joined the Bearcats' coaching staff as an assistant after helping to lead them to a pair of NCAA Division III Tournament appearances the past two seasons.
Perhaps Sedlock's continued presence will inspire St. Vincent to a third consecutive trip.
The season kicked off Oct. 26 with the first Green & Gold scrimmage at Carey Center.
“It provided the St. Vincent community a first-hand opportunity to see the team in action as we look to begin our quest for a third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance,” coach Jimmy Petruska said.
Each team consisted of eight players — seniors Devin McGrath and Jordan Clinton, sophomores Emily Satkovich, Ally Schmidt, Kelley Sedlock and Jessica Welch, and freshmen Ashlee Darby and Ashley Young comprised the Gold team; and seniors Melissa Mansur and Savannah Hardy, juniors Taylor Mathers and Ariel Rocco, sophomores Elle Collins and Jessica Hentrel and freshmen Jillian Kegg and Drew Meeker made up the Green team.
Sedlock led St. Vincent in scoring in 2011, averaging 16.7 points per game. McGrath is the leading returning scorer and last season's second-leading point producer (12.9 ppg). Fenton also averaged double figures (11.7).
St. Vincent opens its schedule on Nov. 16 against Juniata at the La Roche Classic. The Bearcats' first PAC game is Nov. 28 at Chatham.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- EF big man Prota part of Pitt-Johnstown’s incoming hoops class
- Slippery Rock’s McGraw wants to put program on solid ground
- College notes: Harbert honored by D-III coaches
- Chartiers Valley grad Lapia has sights set on Grove City keeper’s job
- Chatham baseball prepares for debut season in 2016
- Despite missing track season, awards pour in for Monroeville native, Cal (Pa.) grad Dinzeo
- No wrestling with college decision for South Allegheny’s Hitchens