Small college basketball: Bellhy scores 32 in W&J win
Junior forward Nate Bellhy had game highs of 32 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday night, and Washington & Jefferson had the game’s final offensive surge that gave the Presidents an 83-79 win over host Westminster in the PAC opener for both teams.
W&J (1-0, 4-2) squandered a 15-point first-half lead, and didn’t take control of the game until Tyler Haas’ three-pointer with 2:22 remaining gave the Presidents a 77-74 lead. The Presidents, who made 24 of 37 free throws were able to maintain the advantage down the stretch.
Hass, a sophomore guard, had a big game with 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Mike Resnik scored 12 points.
Paul Carswell paced winless Westminster with 25 points and Anthony Thomas followed with 24. Charlie Wallander had 11 points and Coty Gander scored 10 for the Titans.
W&J used a 16-2 run midway through the first half to forge a 32-17 lead. Bellhy had five points during the run.
Westminster battled back and pulled to within 41-39 at halftime, making a three-pointer at the buzzer. The Titans then took a three-point early in the second half, and the game remained close the rest of the way.
Mercyhurst 64, California 51: Senior guard Jonathan Ouegnin scored a game-high 19 points and Mercyhurst led from start to finish as the Lakers defeated California 64-51 in a PSAC West Division game in Erie.
Mercyhurst improved to 2-0 in league play and 2-4 overall. Cal dropped to 0-3, 1-6.
Anthony Lytle had 11 points and Callon Dailey scored 10 for Mercyhurst, which held Cal to only 12 field goals, including just four from two-point range (4-for-16). The Vulcans made eight three-pointers, but it was not enough to prevent their fourth consecutive loss.
Tynell Fortune and Chris Williams each scored 11 points for Cal.
California 71, Mercyhurst 66: Senior forward Elena Antonenko and junior guard Kaitlynn Fratz each scored 15 points and California held off host Mercyhurst 71-66 in a PSAC West Division game.
It was the second win in a row for California (2-1, 2-4).
The game was close throughout, but California took control with a 7-2 run that was capped by Ryah Gadson’s three-point field goal with 1:44 remaining. It was the only basket of the game by Gadson and gave the Vulcans a 69-62 advantage.
Mercyhurst (1-1, 1-5) used a three-pointer and free throw to close to within 69-66 with 18 seconds to play, but freshman Miki Glenn made two free throws and came up with a pivotal steal to seal the victory.
The Lakers led 57-55 before Antonenko made a three-pointer that gave Cal the lead for good at 58-57 with 5:08 remaining.
Emma Mahady scored 14 points for Cal.
Freshman guard Alex Artise led five Mercyhurst players in double figures with 15 points.
Wash & Jeff 68, Westminster 54: Senior forward Chelsea Apke had another big game and Washington & Jefferson cruised to a 68-54 victory over host Westminster in the PAC opener for both teams.
Apke, was named both the PAC and ECAC Player of the Week for her performance in a win Saturday over Carnegie Mellon, dominated Westminster by scoring 20 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and contributing four assists for the Presidents (1-0, 3-2). Valerie Dunlap scored 14 points and collected 13 rebounds, Alexa Del Greco scored 11 points and Beka Bellhy had 11.
W&J led 27-22 at halftime and pulled away with a 17-6 run in the second half that opened a 54-37 advantage.
Gabby Holko, with 15 points, was the only player to score in double figures for Westminster 0-1, 2-3).
Waynesburg 71, Bethany 54: Senior Elaine Hasek scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Waynesburg picked up its first victory of the season by rolling over visiting Bethany 71-54 in the PAC opener.
Waynesburg (1-0, 1-4) entered the game last in scoring defense in the PAC, but the Yellow Jackets held Bethany (0-1, 1-3) to two field goals in the game’s first eight minutes and led from start to finish.
Lauren Blair scored 13 points for Waynesburg, freshmen Courtney Sargent had 12 and freshman Katie Gehlmann 10.
Waynesburg scored the game’s first 10 points, then used a 13-0 run to open a 30-8 lead. Hasek had four points during the spurt.
Taylor Verrico led Bethany with 13 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. The Bison shot only 29 percent from the field and made just two of 21 three-point attempts.