Briefs: Lions win; Etzel honored

February 3, 2014

H.S. basketball

Lauren Clites scored 14 points to send South Fayette to a 52-19 victory over winless Montour in a Section 5-AAA game.

Carlee Kilgus tossed in 10 points for the Lions (7-4, 9-10), who led 25-8 at halftime.

Morgan Haas scored 14 points for Montour (0-11, 0-19) and Emily Dieks added 11.

• Inclement weather forced the postponements of nearly all high school basketball games Monday night. The games will be made up this week.

Meadows postpones racing

A snowstorm forced the cancelation of Monday’s race card at The Meadows. All facilities remained open for simulcasting. Live racing is set to resume today with the first post 12:55 p.m.

W&J’s Etzel honored

Following a 3-0 week, Washington & Jefferson College senior Josh Etzel was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week.

Etzel upped his season record to 20-2 during a year in which he has shuffled between the 157- and 165-pound weight classes. Etzel, who is fourth on the W&J career wins list, is 88-15 during his years as a President after transferring midway through his freshman season from NCAA Division II Lake Erie.

On Wednesday, Etzel edged Thiel’s Brandon Collins 3-1 for his first victory of the week. On Saturday, Etzel defeated Wilkes’ Kristopher Krawchuk, 5-2, and Trinity’s (Conn.) John Williams by 17-0 tech fall to complete a perfect week.

College basketball

Trevor Cooney scored a career-high 33 points, matching a school record with nine 3-pointers, and top-ranked Syracuse beat Notre Dame 61-55 on Monday night in another matchup of former Big East foes.

Syracuse (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which moved to No. 1 this week after its scintillating 91-89 overtime victory over Duke on Saturday night, extended its school record for most consecutive wins to start a season. Notre Dame (12-11, 3-7) has lost seven of nine.

• James Bell hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 points and Darrun Hilliard had 17 to lead No. 6 Villanova to an 81-58 win over Xavier.

• R.J. Hunter scored 24 points as Georgia State won its 13th straight game, defeating South Alabama 85-65.

In the NBA

LeBron James came within two rebounds of his first triple-double this season, and the Miami Heat won for the fifth time in six games by beating the Detroit Pistons 102-96.

James had 24 points and 11 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and Chris Bosh added 17.

• The Washington Wizards moved above .500 for the first time in more than four years Monday night, accomplishing the feat on their eighth try this season by pulling away in the second half to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 100-90.

• Danny Granger scored 16 points, Paul George and Lance Stephenson each added 15, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Orlando Magic 98-79.

In the NHL

Ryan O’Reilly scored a power-play goal 28 seconds into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche rallied for a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

• Matt Hendricks’ short-handed goal 57 seconds into the third period lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup of the NHL’s two worst teams.

Chargers promote Sirianni

The San Diego Chargers have promoted Nick Sirianni to quarterbacks coach and hired Bobby King as assistant linebackers coach and Shane Steichen as quality control-offense.

Sirianni, whose brother Mike is head coach of Washington & Jefferson College’s football team, had been an offensive quality control assistant. He replaces Frank Reich, who was promoted to offensive coordinator. King joins the Chargers from the Houston Texans, where he also was the assistant linebackers coach.



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