Small college basketball: Cal men hold off Shippensburg
Keith Lowe scored 25 points and California University held off a second-half charge by Shippensburg to defeat the Raiders 79-76 in a PSAC game Saturday night at the Convocation Center.
California (5-4, 6-7) led by as many as 13 points early in the second half before Shippensburg (0-9, 2-11) rallied and pulled to within 69-67 with less than two minutes remaining.
Two free throws by Lowe, and three baskets by Mitchell Weedon in the final 69 seconds, secured the win for Cal and sent Shippensburg to its 10th consecutive loss.
Weedon finished with 16 points and Quentin Harding had 11 for Cal.
Ship put four players in double figures, led by Dylan Edgar’s 21 points. Sam Pygatt had 19.
Bethany 109, Wash & Jeff 72: Bethany moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference with a 109-72 victory over Washington & Jefferson at Nutting Gymnasium.
The Bison (6-1, 12-4) scored more than 50 points in each half and moved into a share of the conference lead with Thomas More and Saint Vincent.
Leslie Addy had a big game for Bethany, making 11 of 15 shots, including seven of nine from three-point field range, and scoring 33 points. He also had a game-high 10 rebounds and two steals.
James Barton scored 20 points, Nick Wilcox (Peters Township) had 15 and Reece Mabery 11 for the Bison, who closed the first half with a 23-2 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 52-34 lead. Bethany shot 59 percent for the game and made 15 of 26 three-pointers.
Nate Bellhy (Fort Cherry) scored 23 points for W&J (4-3, 6-10) and Zach Bellhy (Fort Cherry) had a double-double with 22 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Ben Cecchini scored 11 points.
Frostburg State 69, Waynesburg 61: Christian Jackson had a big game, scoring 38 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and recording four steals, as Frostburg State held off host Waynesburg, 69-61, in a non-conference game.
Jackson made 18 of 19 free throws and no other player for Frostburg (6-10) reached double figures in points.
Thomas Ellis came off the bench to lead Waynesburg (6-10) with 18 points and Jason Probst added 14. Waynesburg received 38 of its 61 points from its bench, as B.J. Durham and Kenny Klase had nine points each.
Wash & Jeff 64, Bethany 56: Junior forward Chelsea Apke scored 19 points and had a career-high 16 rebounds to lift Washington & Jefferson to its third consecutive victory, 64-56 over host Bethany, in a PAC game.
Apke’s 16 rebounds were the most by a W&J player since Maggie Gibson had 22 against Thomas More in 2010. The double-double was Apke’s conference-leading eighth of the season.
Bethany (3-5, 5-10) led by seven points during the opening half but a 9-0 spurt, aided by seven points from Apke, put W&J (6-2, 11-4) in the lead 19-17. The Presidents’ lead grew to five at halftime when Apke dribbled the length of the floor and made a layup just before the buzzer.
W&J’s Alexa Del Greco pushed the advantage to double figures with a three-pointer, and a 14-7 run by the Presidents during the second half secured the victory.
Valerie Dunlap scored 13 points and Emily Abraham had 10 for W&J.
Bethany received 12 points each from Kayla Taormina and Taylor Verrico.
Waynesburg 83, Chatham 49: Waynesburg won for the fourth straight time, upending host Chatham, 83-49, in a PAC game,
Jessi Drayer had 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds, and Gina Rievel had 14 points for the Yellow Jackets (6-2, 7-8), who outscored Chatham (1-7, 2-13) 44-22 in the second half.
Elaine Hasek added 13 points, and Brittany Spencer had 12 points and eight rebounds for Waynesburg.
Rachel McClain led Chatham with 10 points.
Shippensburg 82, California 50: One night after defeating PSAC East Division-leading Millersville, California fell flat and lost to Shippensburg 82-50 at the Convocation Center.
Shippensburg (5-4, 9-5) led by 21 points (39-18) at halftime and the Raiders shot a blistering 91 percent from the free-throw for the game, making 31 of 34 attempts.
Shawna Wert and Dana Wert led five Shippensburg players in double figures with 17 points each.
California (6-3, 10-3) shot only 23 percent. The Vulcans were led by Ayonna Richardson’s 11 points. Stephanie Michael had 10.