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Clarion men's basketball upset of No. 6 IUP creates first-place tie in PSAC-West

| Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

The hot men's basketball race in the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference was sizzling at Clarion, where the Golden Eagles upset No. 6 Indiana (Pa.) to move into a first-place tie in the Western Division with just six league games remaining.

Lloyd Harrison scored 14 points and hit four consecutive free throws as the Golden Eagles converted 8-of-10 attempts in the final 1:15 to pull away for a 71-62 victory.

"We had great intensity for 40 minutes. We had that little extra to get to a lot of loose balls, especially in crunch time," Clarion coach Ron Righter said.

The victory Sunday avenged a 76-60 loss to IUP on Jan. 13.

Clarion (15-6, 7-1) won its seventh consecutive game after outscoring IUP (18-2, 7-1), 17-8, during the final 6:03 to break a 54-54 tie.

IUP was ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region.

NO. 3 GANNON WOMEN WIN SHOWDOWN

In a battle of nationally ranked NCAA Division II women's basketball programs, No. 3 Gannon took control of the PSAC-West standings with a 72-61 victory over No. 22 California (Pa.).

Gannon (24-0, 8-0) received a total of 46 points from its three starting guards. Carrie Nolan scored 16 points, Kristina Freeman added 14 and Tiffany Crocker had 13 for the Golden Knights.

Kayla Smith had 10 points and 13 rebounds, Crystal Andrews scored 15 points and Amy Johns added 12 points for California (16-5, 6-2). Vulcans All-American Brooque Williams was held to a season-low six points on 3-of-17 shooting.

1,000-POINT SCORER

Penn State-Altoona junior forward Kirk Peters surpassed 1,000 career points during a 61-58 victory over Pitt-Bradford in an NCAA Division III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men's basketball game.

MERCYHURST WOMEN'S HOCKEY RETURNS TO NO. 1

After spending a week at No. 2, the Mercyhurst women's hockey team bounced back with three consecutive victories to reclaim the top spot in the USCHO.com Division I Poll.

The Lakers (23-2-3, 10-1-1) defeated Robert Morris three times to surpass Minnesota, which is now tied with Minnesota-Duluth for No. 2 in the poll.

PENN STATE GOLF HEADED TO FLORIDA TOURNAMENT

The Big Ten Match Play Championships return to The Heron Bay Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., led by defending champion Indiana.

Penn State posted a 1-1-1 record in the inaugural event in 2009, beating Minnesota, losing to Ohio State and tying Northwestern.

When the two-day event gets under way Feb. 12, Penn State's participants will be Kevin Foley, Jim Markovitz, Tommy McDonagh, Nick Archambault, Matt Porter and Jason Cohan.

Archambault returns to the starting roster after a successful recovery from knee surgery in the 2009 fall season. Senior T.J. Howe is out with a broken toe.

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