Small college basketball: Waynesburg men win at Grove City
Jason Propst scored six of his game-high 17 points in the final four minutes as Waynesburg, playing its first road game in three weeks, responded with a 69-59 victory over Grove City in a PAC contest.
Nate Labishak’s basket with 4:27 remaining put Waynesburg (3-7, 8-11) ahead for good at 55-53, and the Yellow Jackets closed the game on a 16-6 run for their second win in a row.
Waynesburg protected its lead by going 10-for-10 at the free-throw line over the final four minutes.
Saint Vincent 60, Wash & Jeff 51: Isaac Turner came off the bench to score 20 points and Saint Vincent withstood a second-half comeback by Washington and Jefferson to defeat the Presidents 60-51 in a PAC game in Latrobe.
Saint Vincent (8-1, 13-5) moved into a tie with Thomas More for first place in the PAC. The Bearcats raced to a 14-point halftime lead, and led by as many as 17 early in the second half. W&J (5-5, 7-12) then began a comeback that saw the Presidents pull to within 43-41 after a basket by Doug Johnson with 6:54 left.
Zach Bellhy led W&J with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Resnik came off the bench to score 11 points.
Slippery Rock 75, California 58: Slippery Rock remained tied for first place in the PSAC’s West Division with IUP by defeating visiting California 75-58.
The Rock (10-2, 13-3) built a double-digit lead in the first half and led by as many as 30 points in the second half. Gerlad Brooks led four Rock players in double figures with 17 points. Slippery Rock shot 50 percent from the field.
California (5-7, 6-10) lost its third in a row.
Saint Vincent 62, Wash & Jeff 52: Devin McGrath scored 22 points and Saint Vincent closed the game on a 12-3 run to defeat Washington & Jefferson 62-52 and remain in sole possession of second place in the PAC.
W&J (7-4, 12-6) took a 50-49 lead on a layup by Valerie Dunlap with 6:43 remaining. Saint Vincent (9-2, 13-5) then went on a 10-0 run and held W&J without a point until Kara Seamon’s jump shot with 43 seconds remaining.
Saint Vincent had only five players score but four finished in double figures. Elle Collins and Ariel Rocco each scored 12 points, and Ally Schmidt had 11.
Chelsea Apke led W&J with 17 points and 11 rebounds. W&J shot just three free throws.
California 75, Slippery Rock 58: California held off a second-half charge by host Slippery Rock and then pulled away late for a 75-58 victory in PSAC West Division play.
The win ends a two-game losing streak for Cal (7-5, 11-5). The Vulcans forged a 14-point halftime lead, then saw Slippery Rock (3-9, 4-12) roar back and pull to within one point at 50-49 midway through the second half. Cal, however, answered with a 10-2 run, getting two points from five different players. The Vulcans then pulled away down the stretch.
Elena Antonenko led four Cal players in double figures with 16 points. Emma Mahady followed with 14 points, Kate Seebohm had 12 points, and Ashley Hines scored 10 points.
Waynesburg 70, Grove City 68, OT: Jessi Drayer scored 20 points and Paige Pearce converted a key three-point play in overtime as Waynesburg outlasted host Grove City 70-68 in a PAC game.
Waynesburg (8-3, 9-9) led by nine points early in the second half, but for the second time this season Grove City (5-6, 6-9) put together a second-half comeback against the Yellow Jackets. Grove City led 62-60 after a three-point play with 3:08 left in regulation by Leah Gibson, who scored 19 points.
The Yellow Jackets, however, forced OT at 62-62 on two free throws by Elaine Hasek with 24 seconds left. Pearce then converted a three-point play to open the overtime and Waynesburg never trailed in the extra session.
Gina Rievel scored 16 points for Waynesburg.
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