Small college basketball: Waynesburg men finally defeat Bethany
The Waynesburg University men’s basketball team upset Bethany College, 67-64, Saturday at Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.
It was the Yellow Jackets’ first win over the Bison since 2002-03, a span of 22 games.
E.J. Coleman scored the go-ahead basket with 44 seconds left to lift Waynesburg, which improved to 2-7 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, 7-11 overall.
Besides Coleman, who finished with seven points, Kenny Klase led Waynesburg with 15 points. Jason Propst and Thomas Ellis added 13 apiece. Propst also contributed 10 rebounds for Waynesburg.
The Yellow Jackets led, 38-30, at halftime, but Bethany tied the score at 60-60 on a basket from Leslie Addy. The teams made two free throws apiece to set up Coleman’s bucket from the lane that put Waynesburg ahead for good.
Waynesburg limited Bethany (6-3, 12-6) to 34-percent shooting (24 of 71) while making nine of 11 free throws in the second half to seal the win. The Bison have los two in a row.
Westminster 86, W&J 79: W&J couldn’t contain Westminster senior Doug Smith, who scored 24 points to lead the Titans to a 86-79 home win over the Presidents’ in PAC play.
Smith made six of his 15 shots and 10 of 11 free throws, part of a 26-for-33 effort from the free-throw line for Westminster.
Ben Cecchini led W&J (5-4, 7-11) with 21 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Zach Bellhy had 20 points, and Nate Bellhy added 10.
Paul Carswell helped Smith with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
In two games this season against W&J, Smith has scored 64 points.
W&J didn’t play poorly, with 17 assists on 30 field goals and only nine turnovers. But the 86 points were the third-most the Presidents have given up all year.
Gannon 82, California 59: Gannon shot 51 percent from the floor as the Golden Knights rolled to an 82-59 win over California in PSAC West Division action at the Hammermill Center in Erie.
Darrell Blanton led Gannon (8-3, 14-4) with 19 points. Oscar Macias added 18 points, helping Gannon place four players in double figures.
Keith Lowe led the Vulcans (5-6, 6-9) with 19 points, six assists and a career-high seven steals. Mitchell Weedon scored 12 points, and Jeremy Posey set season-best marks with eight rebounds and three blocks.
The Golden Knights started the game on a 16-5 run and led by 12 at halftime. Cal trimmed the deficit to 14 twice in the final 11 minutes of the game, but the Vulcans weren’t able to get any closer.
Westminster 59, W&J 48: W&J shot only 33 percent and was outrebounded by 17 during a 59-49 loss at Westminster.
The loss snaps the Presidents’ four-game winning streak while helping the Titans (6-4, 8-9) move to within one game of W&J in the league standings.
Valerie Dunlap was the lone W&J player in double figures, finishing with 16 points and making eight of the Presidents’ 18 field goals. She also added eight rebounds.
Chelsea Apke totaled eight points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals for W&J.
W&J closed to within four after a Dunlap jumper at 5:32 of the second half, but Gabby Holko (15 points) made a three-pointer that helped Westminster stretch its lead to 14 in the final minute.
Waynesburg 76, Bethany 54: Waynesburg shot 48 percent from the floor en route to a 76-54 home win over Bethany in a PAC game.
Jessi Drayer led the way with 14 points. Paige Pearce contributed 11, and Elaine Hasek and Gina Rievel added nine apiece. Pearce finished with a team-high nine rebounds as Waynesburg improved to 7-3, 8-9.
After Waynesburg led by two (16-14) early, Hasek scored seven points during a 12-1 run that gave the Yellow Jackets a 35-24 lead at halftime.
Bethany closed to within 11 in the second half before Waynesburg used an 11-2 run to make it 59-38 – and push the game out of reach.
Gannon 65, California 53: The Vulcans lost to a ranked opponent for the second time this week, dropping a 65-53 decision at No. 6 Gannon.
Cal is now 6-5, 10-5 after its third consecutive loss. Gannon, meanwhile, improved to 10-1, 16-2.
Ashley Hines led the Vulcans with 11 points and eight rebounds, despite playing just 10 minutes.
Stephanie Michael and Kate Seebohm both finished with nine points in the loss. Seebohm, who ranks second in the PSAC in helpers, finished with six before fouling out.
The Vulcans scored six straight points, the final two coming from Michael at the free throw line, to close to within six at 12:49 of the second half. But Gannon countered with a 9-2 run to take a 49-36 lead with 8:48 left and had a double-digit lead for nearly the remainder of the game.
Jen Papich led the Golden Knights with 19 points and collected eight rebounds.