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District college notes: St. Vincent's Howard earns PAC award

| Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

All season, Isaac Turner and Dillon Stith have garnered the headlines for the St. Vincent College men's basketball team.

Sophomore guard J.C. Howard decided to change things. After setting career marks in consecutive games, Howard was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference men's basketball Player of the Week.

Howard averaged 23.5 points per game as the Bearcats ran their winning streak to 13 games and 22 straight against PAC opponents (19 in the regular season). He was knocking down 75 percent (12 of 16) of his 3-point attempts and 75 percent (15 of 20) of his total field goal attempts.

His 3-pointer with 1:22 left in Wednesday's 80-77 come-from-behind victory at Washington & Jefferson began a 13-3 run to help SVC rebound from a seven-point deficit. With 21 seconds to go, he gave the Bearcats their first lead since halftime with another triple, his fifth of the game. The 6-foot-2 sophomore stepped up his defense, recording a steal on the ensuing W&J possession and knocked down a pair of free throws to give SVC a three-point lead. He finished the contest with a then-career high 23 points, three rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist.

In Saturday's 101-54 rout of Westminster, Howard once again established a new career high, going for 24 points in just 20 minutes.

SVC swimmers dash Behrend

The St. Vincent swimming teams posted a pair of wins in the final dual meet of the season, defeating Penn State Behrend on the road in nonconference action.

The Bearcats women won 142-81 to improve to 6-5 this season and the men were victorious 158-104, improving to 5-5.

The Bearcats combined to win 24 of 28 total events on the day, including some scored as exhibitions.

Multiple winners for the women included Molly McCloskey (1,000 freestyle and 100 backstroke), Sarah Robbins (100 and 200 freestyle) and Alyssa Taylor (100 and 200 butterfly).

For the men, Zach Ligus led the way with three wins (100 and 200 butterfly and 100 freestyle). Matt Crum won two distance races (500 and 1,000 freestyle) and Matt Linebaugh won a couple of shorter events (50 and 200 freestyle). Andy Moog also won a pair (100 and 200 breaststroke).

Ligus claims ECAC honor

St. Vincent junior Zach Ligus has been named the ECAC Division III South Men's Swimmer of the Week after being a part of three wins last week against Westminster.

Ligus (Norwin) earned two individual wins and a relay win and second-place finish for the Bearcats in their final regular season dual meet in the Presidents' Athletic Conference this season.

He won the 100 (53.85) and 200 (1:59.72) butterfly events and helped SVC to a 200 free relay win that was timed in 1:29.06. In the 200 free relay, his split of 22.02 was the fastest of any of the 16 swimmers in the event.

Coming events

Friday

Swimming

St. Vincent at Presidents' Athletic Conference meet, at Grove City

Saturday

Men's basketball

St. Vincent at Grove City, 3 p.m.

Swimming

St. Vincent at Presidents' Athletic Conference meet, at Grove City

Women's basketball

St. Vincent at Grove City, 1 p.m.

Wednesday

Men's basketball

Geneva at St. Vincent, 7:30 p.m.

Women's basketball

Geneva at St. Vincent, 5:30 p.m.

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