Local college basketball: Waynesburg upends Saint Vincent

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Lauren Blair hit a three-pointer with just over a minute remaining to help Waynesburg overcome a 51-34 halftime deficit and knock off Saint Vincent, 79-77, in a women’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference basketball game Wednesday night.


Blair’s three-pointer gave Waynesburg (11-6, 13-11) a 78-77 lead, and Hayden Giuliani’s free throw with 11 seconds remaining put the Yellow JAckets up two points. Blair then came up with a steal with two seconds remaining to seal the victory.


Waynesburg outscored Saint Vincent 45-26 in the second half, shooting 53 percent in the final 20 minutes after making just 32 percent of its first half shots.


Giuliani had 18 points, Rebecca Kerr 16 and Courtney Sargent 13 for Waynesburg, which also got 12 rebounds from Elaine Hasek and four steals from Blair.


Taylor Mathers scord 18 points to lead Saint Vincent (14-3, 17-7), while Elle Collins had 15 and Ally Schmidt had 12.


Washington & Jefferson 76, Geneva 38: Beka Bellhy and Alexa Burzese scored 15 points each as Washington & Jefferson jumped out to a 41-14 halftime lead en route to a 76-38 PAC victory over Geneva.


The victory, which raised the Presidents’ record to 12-5 in conference play and 17-7 overall, assures W&J of finishing no worse than third in the PAC standings.


Jamie Tedesco added 10 points for W&J, which had 12 different players score in the game and held Geneva (3-14, 4-19) to 25 percent shooting.


Nicole Hyland scored 12 points and Samantha Fisher had 10 for Geneva.


California 94, Pitt-Johnstown 65: Kate Seebohm scored 23 points and Miki Glenn came off the bench to add 21, as California defeated Pitt-Johnstown, 94-65, in a PSAC West game.


Elena Antonenko and Irina Kukolj had 14 points each for the Vulcans (11-4, 17-7), who forced 32 turnovers.


Glenn was a big part of Pitt-Johnstown’s turnover problem, recording eight steals.


Nicole Carman had 16 points to lead UPJ (6-8, 9-15), while Leah Hansen added 15 points.


Men’s games

Waynesburg 68, Saint Vincent 62: BJ Durham came off the bench to score 15 points as Waynesburg upset Saint Vincent, 68-62, in a PAC men’s game.


Jacob Fleegle added 14 points and Jason Probst added 13 for Waynesburg (9-7, 14-11), which outscored Saint Vincent (12-3, 19-5), 40-34, in the second half after playing to a 28-28 tie in the first half.


Dillon Stith had 23 points nad 16 rebounds for Saint Vincent, which also got 23 points out of Isaac Turner.


Washington & Jefferson 62, Geneva 61: Brett Rubin-Goldstein hit a three-pointer as time expired to lift Washington & Jefferson to a 62-61 PAC victory over Geneva.


With the Presidents (8-7, 13-11) down one following a missed jumper by Mitch Locher, Tyler Demazo missed the first and made the second free throw attempt after W&J was forced to foul.


After a timeout, Rubin-Goldstein nailed the game winner to score the final of his 10 points.


Nate Bellhy had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Presidents, who also got 12 points from Mike Resnik.


Damazo finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Geneva (1-14, 4-19), which also got 11 points from Jordan Harbison.


California 74, Pitt-Johnstown 67: Alonzo Murphy had 18 points and 10 rebounds as California overcame a five-point halftime deficit to beat Pitt-Johnstown, 74-67, in a PSAC West game.


Tynell Fortune added 14 points, Chris Williams 13, Drew Cook 11 and Arman Marks 10 for the Vulcans (5-10, 10-15).


Bill Luther scored 26 points to lead UPJ (5-9, 12-12), which also got 12 points from Ian Vescovi and 11 from Jake Laravie.


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