Small college basketball: Waynesburg bounces back; Cal beaten at buzzer
Waynesburg bounced back from a tough one-point loss Wednesday to Washington & Jefferson by rolling to an 82-69 victory over Geneva Saturday in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference game at Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.
Jason Propst led four Waynesburg players in double figures with 22 points. Kenny Klase followed with 15 points, Thomas Ellis had 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds, and Jacob Fleegle contributed 13 points.
It was the final home game of the season for Waynesburg (4-9, 9-13). Geneva (2-10, 2-18) fell behind 39-25 at halftime and was never able to get the deficit to single digits in the second half.
Matt Lorello scored 18 points for the Golden Tornadoes, Jordan Harbison and Kenyon Jackson had 15 each and Tyler Demazo 12.
Thomas More 90, Wash & Jeff 80: Presidents Athletic Conference leader Thomas More avenged its only league loss by defeating host Washington & Jefferson 90-80.
Thomas More (11-1, 18-3) made 12 three-pointers, including six by Spencer Berlekamp, who scored 21 points. The Saints have won nine in a row.
W&J (6-7, 8-14), which shot a season-best 62 percent, put five players in double figures, but the Presidents could get no closer than five points in the game’s final four minutes. Thomas More had three fewer field goals than W&J but made 24 of 33 free throws.
D’Carlo Hayes led Thomas More with a game-high 23 points. Ryan Hamm had 14 and Josef Marshall had 10 for the Saints, who committed only 10 turnovers.
Nate Bellhy paced W&J with 19 points and seven rebounds. Zach Bellhy followed with 16 points, Mike Resnik came off the bench to score 13, Ben Cecchini had 11 and Doug Johnson 10. The Presidents committed 20 turnovers.
Mercyhurst 70, California 67, OT: Jonathan Ouegnin made a three-pointer at the buzzer of the first overtime to give Mercyhurst a 70-67 win over California University in Erie.
Ouegnin led the Lakers (8-7 PSAC West, 12-9) with 19 points while adding eight rebounds, four assists and five blocks.
Cal, which led, 67-66, with 41 seconds left after making one of two free throws, got 21 points from Keith Lowe but still fell to 7-8, 8-11.
Tynell Fortune finished with 10 points, and Chris Williams added nine points and a career-best 11 rebounds.
The Vulcans held Mercyhurst’s Luis Leo to a season-low six points, more than 14 shy of his average (20.2).
Andy Hoying tied the game after making a free throw with five seconds left in overtime. Then off a miss, Ouegnin got the rebound and drained the shot from three-point range.
California 61, Mercyhurst 50: Senior guard Stephanie Michael had 23 points to lead the California to its four consecutive win, 61-50, at Mercyhurst in PSAC West Division play.
The Vulcans (10-5, 14-5) have won all nine meetings against Mercyhurst (5-10, 5-14) since the Lakers joined in the league in 2008-09.
Michael made four three-pointers to give her 164 for her career, moving her into second place on the all-time list.
Junior forward Elena Antonenko had 10 points, sophomore Emma Mahady added eight and eight rebounds, and junior Kate Seebohn finished with seven rebounds and six assists for Cal, which shot 50 percent (25 of 50) from the floor.
Waynesburg 72, Geneva 45: Thirteen players, led by Paige Pearce’s 13 points, scored for Waynesburg during a 72-45 home win over Geneva. The win helps Waynesburg improve to 9-5 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, 10-11 overall.
Jessi Drayer finished with nine points and seven rebounds, while Gina Rievel had seven points, six assists and four steals.
Waynesburg, which held a 60-34 rebounding edge, held Geneva (1-13, 3-18) to just 11.1 percent from the field in the first half, as the Golden Tornadoes missed on 24 of 27 shots.
Heidi Mann led Geneva with 15 points.
Waynesburg is now tied with W&J for third place in the PAC.