W&J hosts Waynesburg in key PAC doubleheader

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Washington & Jefferson College will host Waynesburg tonight in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference basketball doubleheader that should have a major impact on the seeding for the upcoming conference tournaments.


The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. at Henry Memorial Center with the men’s contest having a scheduled tip-off time of 8 p.m.


Waynesburg won both games played last month on the Yellow Jackets’ home court at Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. The Waynesburg women overcame a 15-point first-half deficit and defeated the Presidents, 77-67. In the men’s game, the Yellow Jackets held a late rally to defeat W&J, 75-69.


The Waynesburg women (8-4, 10-9) and W&J (8-4, 13-6) are part of a three-way tie for third place in the PAC along with Westminster (8-4, 11-8). Second-place Saint Vincent (10-2, 13-6) holds a two-game edge on all three teams for second place.


The W&J men (6-5, 11-9) have won three of their last four games and five of seven to move above the .500 mark and into fourth place in the conference. The top four teams after the Feb. 22 regular-season finales will receive home games in the first round of the PAC tournament.


Waynesburg (4-7, 9-11) has lost three of its last four games and is tied with Thiel (4-7, 7-10) for sixth place.


After hosting Waynesburg, the W&J men will play three of their final four games on the road.


Waynesburg is still in contention for a first-round home game and another win over W&J would give its chances a boost. The Yellow Jackets close their PAC schedule with three consecutive home games.


Cal back at home: If it’s Wednesday night, then the California University men’s and women’s basketball teams must be at home.


The Vulcans will host Mercyhurst tonight in a PSAC West Division doubleheader that begins at 5:30 p.m. The games are part of seven home Wednesday doubleheaders for Cal in a span of eight weeks. The Vulcans’ Jan. 25 game against Seton Hill was their last Saturday home game of the regular season.


The Cal women (6-4, 12-7) are in third place in the West, only one game ahead of Mercyhurst (4-5, 6-13) in the loss column. The Cal men (4-6, 9-11) are in seventh place in the West but have won six of their last seven home games. Mercyhurst (7-2, 11-8) is a half-game behind division-leading Indiana.


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