D2, D3, NAIA roundup: St. Vincent men win 4th straight PAC title
Four Bearcats scored in double figures, and St. Vincent defeated Thomas More, 65-62, in the Presidents' Athletic Conference title game Saturday in Latrobe. The win gives St. Vincent its fourth straight PAC championship.
St. Vincent led 21-12 eight minutes into the first half, but Thomas More responded with a 10-0 run to take a 22-21 lead. The Bearcats scored the next nine points to build a 30-22 lead.
Thomas More kept inching closer before regaining the lead 44-42 nine minutes into the second half. But St. Vincent's Jaylon Bell, who had 14 points, scored the game's next five points to put the Bearcats ahead for good.
St. Vincent pushed the lead as high as 10 with five minutes to play before the Saints (17-11) made one final run to get within three at 65-62 with 1:53 to play. Neither team scored the rest of the way.
Pat Jones led St. Vincent (22-6) with 17 points.
Thomas More 93, W&J 74 — Three-time PAC Player of the Year Sydney Moss had 37 points and 13 rebounds to lead Thomas More, the defending national champion, to the conference title.
The score was tied 17-17 after the first quarter, but the Saints (27-0) outscored W&J, 30-12, in the second quarter and cruised.
Rachel Bellhy (Fort Cherry) led the Presidents (22-5) with 18 points.
Clarion 83, Edinboro 69 — Playing in its first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament since 2010, Clarion (14-15) upset West No. 3 seed Edinboro (15-11) in the opening round. The Golden Eagles shot 62.5 percent in the second half to erase and eight-point halftime deficit.
Andre Anthony (Penn Hills) had a game-high 24 points. Rob Agurs (Penn Hills) had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Clarion will play at Mercyhurst (18-8), the second seed from the West, in a quarterfinal Tuesday.
Pitt-Johnstown 81, Seton Hill 72 — Pitt-Johnstown (18-10) scored 28 of the game's final 46 points to pull away and set up a quarterfinal meeting at top-seeded IUP on Tuesday.
The score was tied 57-57 midway through the second half before a 7-0 run by the Mountain Cats put them in control.
Isaac Vescovi led UPJ with 21 points. Seton Hill (13-14) got 16 points from Kam Taylor and Brandon Alston.
Edinboro61,Mercyhurst42 — Katie Fischer (Ambridge) had a team-high 18 points, and Edinboro (20-9) shot 60 percent in the first half on its way to a first-round victory.
Edinboro led by 20 at halftime, and the Lakers (14-15) didn't get closer than 17 in the second half. The Fighting Scots will play at top-seeded Cal (Pa.) in the quarterfinals Tuesday.
Gannon 64, Seton Hill 58 — The Golden Knights held Seton Hill (14-15) to five points in the second quarter then held off a late rally to advance to the quarterfinals.
Brianna Brennan led the Knights with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gannon (17-10), the West's No. 3 seed, will play at No. 2 seed IUP (19-7) on Tuesday.
Pitt-Greensburg 67, PS Behrend 64 (OT) — Mike Connlley (St. Joseph) scored 21 points, including four in overtime, and Pitt-Greensburg (18-9) advanced to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title game.
Jerell Figueroa had 19 points, and Rocco Contristano (Keystone Oaks) had 18 for UPG, which faces Hilbert (22-4) in the title game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
La Roche 96, D'Youville 47 — La Roche built a 30-point halftime lead and cruised into the AMCC championship game for the sixth straight season.
TiChina Mitchell led five Redhawks (23-3) in double figures with 26 points, and Mackenzie O'Donnell (Butler) had 19 points and 14 rebounds. La Roche will host Pitt-Bradford (18-9) for the conference title at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Pitt-Bradford 60, PS Behrend 52 — Ali Rinfrette had 24 points to lead UPB to the AMCC title game. Ali Goetz (Mars) and Sadie Zielinski had 11 points each for Penn State Behrend (20-5).
DePauw 83, Allegheny 53 — After advancing to the North Coast Athletic Conference title game on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Oakland Catholic grad Jess Mrdjenovich in the semis, Allegheny's luck ran out in the final.
DePauw (22-6) led 22-11 at the end of the first quarter and was never threatened. Emma Pellicano (Mt. Lebanon) led Allegheny (15-13) with 12 points.
Alice Lloyd 89, Point Park 88 — Austin Crisp made a tie-breaking free throw with 4 seconds left in regulation to give Alice Lloyd (18-11) the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.
Point Park (17-11), down six with 1:22 to play, tied the score 88-88 on a basket by T.J. Lanier with 12 seconds left. A foul by Point Park's Kelvin Goodwin sent Crisp to the line.
Goodwin led all scorers with 34 points.