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Local college notebook: St. Vincent men take PAC title, on to NCAAs

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:15 p.m.

After finishing the regular season with three consecutive losses, the St. Vincent men's basketball team turned things around in the Presidents' Athletic Conference playoffs.

The Bearcats won three games, including a 90-84 victory at Thomas More to capture the conference title and earn a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.

The Bearcats (22-6) open the tournament Friday at the College of Wooster (25-3) in Wooster, Ohio. Wooster is 15-1 at home. Dickinson and Geneseo State (N.Y.) plays in the first game.

Dillon Stith scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds, Isaac Turner had 22 points, J.C. Howard 20 and Sean Kett 18 and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats in a game they never trailed.

St. Vincent (22-6) shot 63 percent (29 for 46) from the field.

The Bearcats opened the tournament by defeating Thiel, 79-61, and then knocked off Waynesburg, 89-78.

They led Thiel, 47-27, at halftime. Stith had 24 points, and Kett had 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Turner chipped in with 17 points.

Turner and Stith each scored 25 points against Waynesburg.

Britcher has big opener

Jordan Britcher (Indiana) drove in three runs, and freshman Tyler Frankel (Belle Vernon) earned the win in relief as the St. Vincent baseball team opened the season with a 7-6 victory against Clark University in Winter Haven, Fla.

Britcher had two hits, and Vince Murphy (Derry) and Jon White (North Huntingdon) each hit doubles.

Joey Fearer (Mt. Pleasant) was the starting pitcher, but Frankel pitched the final five innings and allowed two runs. He struck out five.

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