Small college basketball: W&J holds off Thiel
Nate Bellhy led three Washington & Jefferson players in double figures with 16 points and the Presidents overcame a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Thiel, 64-60, Saturday afternoon in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference game Greenville.
Mike Resnik scored 13 points and Brett Rubin-Goldstein came off the bench to score 12 as W&J remained undefeated in league play at 2-0 and improved to 5-2 overall. The Presidents are off to their best start since the 1993-94 season.
Thiel (1-1, 3-3) received a game-high 18 points from Luke Kochka, but the Tomcats committed 23 turnovers and made only eight of 18 free throws.
W&J took the lead for good at 39-37 on a basket by Mike Resnik with 15:03 remaining. Though they led the rest of the way, the Presidents didn’t enjoy a lead of more than five points until the game’s final minute. Thiel managed to stay within striking distance and pulled to within 58-57 on a three-pointer by Charlie Thomas with 2:50 to play. The Tomcats, however, did not score again until 29 seconds remained.
Another basket by Resnik, a free throw by Rubin-Goldstein and two free throws by Doug Johnson pushed W&J’s lead to 63-57.
Bellhy led W&J on the boards with eight rebounds.
California 70, Edinboro 65: Tynell Fortune led five California players in double figures with 17 points as the Vulcans snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-65 victory over Edinboro in a PSAC game at the Convocation Center.
Cal (1-3, 2-6) led for most of the game but didn’t pull away until scoring six consecutive points to open a 61-51 lead with 2:32 remaining. Fortune had four free throws during the spurt.
Arman Marks and Chris Williams each scored 11 points for Cal. Williams collected nine rebounds. Jake Jacubec and Alonzo Murphy scored 10 points each.
Bryan Theriot had an excellent game for Edinboro (0-0-3, 4-3), scoring 22 points. He was 6-for-6 from the field and 10-for-10 at the free-throw line. Jonny Marsh had 21 points.
Thomas More 88, Waynesburg 63: Drew Mumford scored 23 points and hot-shooting Thomas More cruised to an 88-63 victory over visiting Waynesburg in a PAC game.
Thomas More (1-1, 2-4) shot 55 percent from the field and used a 22-6 run in the first half to forge a 35-19 lead at halftime. The Saints were never challenged in the second half as Waynesburg (0-2, 4-4) lost its second straight.
Twelve players scored for Thomas More. D’Carlo Hayes and Nate McGovney each scored 13 points.
Jacob Fleegle led Waynesburg with 11 points. Kenny Klase had 10 points and Christian Koroly came off the bench to score 10.
Wash & Jeff 73, Thiel 33: Sophomore forward Beka Bellhy tied her career-high with 22 points as Washington & Jefferson recorded a dominating 73-33 win over host Thiel in a PAC game.
The Presidents won their fourth in a row and moved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the PAC. W&J forced 36 Thiel turnovers, turning them into 40 points. The Presidents committed just four turnovers and collected 25 steals.
Chelsea Apke contributed 15 points, eight rebounds and six steals for W&J. Valarie Dunlap finished with 16 points. Bellhy turned it on in the second half, making 6-of-9 shots and scoring 15 of her 22 points.
Jaclyn Watkins scored 13 points for Thiel (1-1, 2-5).
Thomas More 104, Waynesburg 65: Sydney Moss, a transfer from the University of Florida, scored a game-high 30 points and Thomas More, ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division III, rolled to a 104-65 victory over visiting Waynesburg in a PAC game.
Thomas More (2-0, 7-0), which averages 88 points per game, had a 15-0 run during the first half and led by as many as 24 points in the early stages, but some long-range shooting by Waynesburg’s Hayden Giuliani pulled the Yellow Jackets to within 49-38 in the final minute of the half. However, Moss, made three free throws with four second left in the first half, and Thomas More opened the second half with 20-8 run to break open the game.
Moss, who averaged 11 points per game as a freshman last year at Florida, scored 27 of her 30 points in the first half. The daughter of former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss made 11 of 12 shots and had six assists.
Jenny Burgone scored 22 points for Thomas More. Katie Kitchen had 11 points and Olivia Huber 10.
Giuliani scored a career-high 28 points for Waynesburg (1-1, 1-5), making eight of 13 shots from three-point range. Lauren Blair scored 12 points and had five assists, and Katie Gehlmann had 10 points.
Elaine Hasek, who scored 22 points in Waynesburg’s win Wednesday over Bethany, was held scoreless.
Edinboro 81, California 70: Aignee Freeland scored 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and led Edinboro to an 81-70 victory over California in a PSAC game at the Convocation Center.
Edinboro (3-0, 4-1) was able to overcome 23 turnovers by shooting 51 percent and collecting 18 offensive rebounds. The Fighting Scots, who were upset by California in last year’s NCAA Division II tournament, led 35-320 at halftime and Freeland scored 19 of her points in the second half.
Cal (2-2, 2-5) trailed 51-47 with 11 minutes to play, but Edinboro put together a 10-0 run.
The Vulcans were led by Kaitlyn Fratz, who came off the bench to score 26 points. Elena Antonenko had 14 points and Chelsea McKnight scored 11. Three of Cal’s starters did not score. Edinboro’s starters outscored Cal’s starting five 68-16.