Small college basketball: W&J men fall in tournament opener

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Robert Agurs and Nick Miller combined for 48 points to power Penn State-Beaver to an 80-69 victory over Washington & Jefferson Saturday night in the first round of the Washington Area Credit Union tournament at Henry Memorial Center.


Penn State-Beaver will play Ohio Northern (1-0) in today’s 3 p.m. championship game. Ohio Northern outlasted Hood 76-74 in overtime.


W&J (0-2) will play Hood in the 1 p.m. consolation game.


Argus scored 25 points and Miller added 23 for Penn State-Beaver, which led 41-28 at halftime and pushed its advantage to as many as 20 points midway through the second half. Argus made 16 of 20 free throws and Miller had five of the visitors’ 11 three-point field goals.


Nate Bellhy led W&J with 16 points and his brother, Zach Bellhy, had 14 points. Ben Cecchini also hit double figures in scoring for W&J with 12 points.


The Presidents made 16 of 18 free throws and held a commanding 45-27 advantage in rebounds, but W&J committed 25 turnovers and never led in the game.


Waynesburg 69, Penn State-Fayette 68: Waynesburg evened its record at 1-1 with a 69-68 victory over Penn State-fayette at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Geneva College.


No game details were available at press time.


Women’s results

California 102, Glenville State 55: California continued its strong early play by putting five players in doduble figures and routing visiting Glenville State, 102-55, in a non-conference game.


Senior guard Stephanie Michael led Cal with a game-high 24 points to help the Vulcans to a 2-0 start to the seasonw ith both wins coming over West Virginia Conference opponents.


Ashley Hines came off the bench and scored 17 points for Cal, which shot a blistering 51 percent from the field, including 60 percent int he second half when they increased a 47-26 halftime lead.


Elena Antonenko scored 17 points, and Emma Mahady and Irina Kukolj each had 10 points. Kukolj led the Vulcans with 10 rebounds.


Glenville State (2-1) committed 26 turnovers and shot only 19.5 percent (15 for 77). Kenyona Simmons led the Pioneers with nine points.


Waynesburg 91, Penn State-Altoona 44: Waynesburg won its first game of the season, crushing Penn State-Altoona 91-44 in the consolation game of the Allegheny tournament.


Waynesburg (1-1) led 34-24 at halftime, then scored 57 second-half points.


All 14 Waynesburg players scored. The Yellow Jackets were paced by Jessi Drayer, who had a game-highs of 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Paige Pearce followed with 15 points and eight rebounds.


Penn State-Altoona (0-2) had 37 turnovers and shot only 26 percent from the field.


Wash & Jeff 64, SUNY-Fredonia 54: Junior forward Chelsea Apke scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in her Washington & Jefferson debut to help the Presidents to a 64-54 victory over SUNY-Fredonia in the opening round of the Penn State-Behrend tournament.


The Presidents (1-0), who won their season opener for the first time since 2009-10, will face the host Lions for the championship today at 3 pm. Apke, who transferred to W&J from Division I Presbyterian last year but sat out with an injury, made 6-of-10 shots from the floor and added three steals.


W&J led for nearly the entire game and jumped out to a 13-5 lead behind six points from Apke. The lead extended to nine points (20-11) after a three-pointer by junior guard Alex Bernardi at the 9:07 mark, but Fredonia forced a 29-29 tie at halftime with a late run.


Jenna Austin made a triple-pointer early in the second half for a 32-31 Fredonia lead, but W&J used a 10-2 run to build a 53-43 lead with 6:39 left. Fredonia could get no closer than six points the rest of the way.


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