W&J men upset Bethany in PAC tournament
Doug Johnson, Nate Bellhy and Ben Cecchini combined to score the final 14 points of the game and send Washington & Jefferson College to a 70-64 upset of Bethany in the quarterfinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference basketball tournament at Nutting Gymnasium in Bethany.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak and moved W&J (9-17) into Thursday’s semifinals at either top-seeded Saint Vincent or third-seeded Thiel.
The Presidents trailed 64-56 when Brady Pacific hit a three-point field goal with 5:11, but it would be the last points scored by Bethany (16-10).
In the final 5:11, Johnson, who finished with a game-high 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting, hit a three-pointer and a layup for five of the 14 points. Bellhy got five of his 18 points on a three-pointer and layup, and Cecchini hit two layups for four of his 16 points in the game. Nate Bellhy also reached double figures for W&J with 11.
Reece Mayberry led Bethany, who held a 36-31 lead at halftime, with 18 points. The Bison connected on 11 three-point field goals and shot 40 percent from the field (23 of 57). But W&J had nine three-pointers and shot 51 percent from the field (28 of 55).
Nick Wilcox, a senior from Peters Township High School, had seven points and seven rebounds for the Bison. He came into the game averaging 12 points and eight rebounds a game.
Saint Vincent 72, Waynesburg 62: Isaac Turner and Dillon Stith combined for 33 points to pace Saint Vincent to a 72-62 victory over Waynesburg in the quarterfinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference basketball tournament at Carey Center in Latrobe.
Waynesburg finished the season with a 10-17 record.
Turner led the way with 18 points and Stith tossed in 15 for the Bearcats (21-5), who led 34-31 at halftime.
Jason Probst paced the Yellow Jackets with 17 points and Jacob Fleegle chipped in with 12.
Wash & Jeff 59, Grove City 50: Valerie Dunlap had a double-double, 21 points and 11 rebounds, to go with six blocks to power Washington & Jefferson College to a 59-50 victory over Grove City in the semifinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament at Henry Memorial Center.
The Presidents (19-7), who are 12-2 at home in PAC Tournament history, will face second-seeded Saint Vincent in Friday’s first semifinal (6 p.m.) at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. The top-seeded Saints will play fourth-seeded Waynesburg with the winners meeting for the title and NCAA automatic bid Saturday at 4 p.m.
Kathryn Erbelding, who came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points, made a jump shot with 4:06 left to pull Grove city to within one, 47-46. W&J outscored the Wolverines 10-4 over the rest of the game.
Kara Seaman sank four six free throw attempts in that time and finished with 13 points. Dunlap had four of her 21 point during that span.
W&J, which is one victory shy of winning 20 games in a season for the ninth time in school history, had only five players score.
Waynesburg 61, Westminster 53: A strong defensive effort by Waynesburg that produced 18 steals and held Westminster to 30 percent shooting from the field to key a 61-53 victory in the semifinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament at Marisa Fieldhouse.
The win moves the Yellow Jackets to 14-12 and sets up a semifinal game against top-seeded Thomas More in Crestview Hills, Ky., Friday. Westminster ended the season at 11-15.
In a rarity, Waynesburg did not have a player score in double figures, but Elaine Hasek came off the bench to score nine points and grab six rebounds. Gina Rievel and Jessi Drayer combined for 11 points and eight steals and Heather Davis had eight points.
Jen Cantella scored a game-high 12 points for Westminster and Gabby Holko added 10. Andi Ridge had 13 rebounds for the Titans, who converted just 15 of 50 shots.