Local college basketball: W&J beats Thiel for Gutierrez’ 100th win
Fort Cherry High School graduate Nate Bellhy scored 20 points and added nine rebounds as the Washington & Jefferson men’s college basketball team won its 100th game under the direction of head coach Glenn Gutierrez with a 67-56 Presidents’ Athletic Conference victory over Thiel Saturday.
Tyler Haas and Brett Rubin-Goldestein added 14 points each for the Presidents (6-5, 11-9), who held a huge advantage at the foul line, making 25 of 30 free throws compared to 12 of 26 for Thiel (4-7, 7-10).
Doug Johnson added 10 points for Washington & Jefferson.
Charlie Thomas had 12 points to lead the Tomcats, while Khari Bess added 10 points in the losing effort.
Slippery Rock 64, California 53: Tabari Perry had 12 points and 16 rebounds, including six offensive, as Slippery Rock held off California, 64-53, in overtime in a PSAC-West game.
Slippery Rock’s Antonio Butler added 20 points off the bench, including a layup off a steal with 1:49 remaining in regulation that tied the game at 45-45.
Jake Jacubec missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it for California (4-6, 9-11).
Mauric Lewis-Briggs added 10 points and eight rebounds for Slippery Rock (7-3, 16-6), which outscored California (4-6, 9-11) 19-8 in overtime.
Tynell Fortun led the Vulcans with 12 points off the bench, while Jacubec and Drew Cook scored 10 points each in the losing effort.
Thomas More 69, Waynesburg 61: Drew Mumford had 16 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for Thomas More in a 69-61 PAC victory over Waynesburg.
Brandon Housley added 14 points, D’Carlo Hayes 13 and Nate McGovney 11 for the Saints (8-2, 9-9), which held Waynesburg (4-7, 9-11) to 25 percent shooting in the first half while building a 32-25 lead.
Jason Propst had 13 points, Thomas Ellis 11 and Jacob Fleegle 10 for the Yello Jackets, who were just 1 for 16 from three-point range.
Washington & Jefferson 62, Thiel 49: Valerie Dunlap scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as Washington & Jefferson defeated Thiel, 62-49, in a women’s PAC game.
Chelsea Apke added 15 points, Alexa DelGreco 11 and Fort Cherry High School graduate Beka Bellhy 10 for the Presidents (8-4, 13-6), who moved into a three-way tie for third place in the PAC standings with Westminster and Waynesburg with the win.
Jaclyn Watkins had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Thiel (3-9, 4-15), while Erin DiDalco added 12 points for the Tomcats, who turned the ball over 25 times, compared to just 11 for W&J.
Thomas More 95, Waynesburg 63: Florida transfer Sydney Moss had 40 points and 14 rebounds to help unbeaten Thomas More hold off an upset challenge from Waynesburg, 95-63, in a PAC game.
The Saints (12-0, 19-0), who are ranked fifth in the nation by D3hoops.com, led just 36-31 at the half before outscoring Waynesburg (8-4, 10-9) 59-32 in the second half.
Jenny Burgoyne added 21 points and eight rebounds for the Saints, who also got 12 points from Sydni Wainscott and 10 from Katie Kitchen.
Courtney Sargent had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Waynesburg, while Lauren Blair added 12 points and seven assists in the losing effort.
California 85, Slippery Rock 67: Emma Mahady scored 22 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead Californa to an 85-67 win over Slippery Rock in a PSAC game.
Irina Kukolj added 21 points and three steals off the bench for the Vulcans (6-4, 12-7), while CeCe Dixon had 11 points and Miki Glenn 10.
D’Asia Chambers had 21 points and Jazmyne Frost added 20 for Slippery Rock (1-9, 4-16).