Meadville Tribune


February 19, 2014

Nationally-ranked Wooster handles Gators in rout

MEADVILLE — Even while the losses continue to accrue for the Allegheny College men’s basketball team, the Gators have been playing some solid ball over the last few weeks, picking up their first two wins in the North Coast Athletic Conference and taking nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan into overtime this past Saturday.

 That streak of improved play hit a brick wall on Wednesday, however, as Wooster — ranked eighth according to — hammered the Gators 89-57 at the David V. Wise Center.

“That was the first game this year that we kind of got handled,” said Allegheny head coach Jim Driggs. “I told the guys just now, (Wooster is) a good team. It was the one time this year we just got handled and didn’t have a shot.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see that team make a run in March. It’s the eighth best team in the country right now. They don’t make mistakes.”

With the win, Wooster improves to 21-3 on the season and 15-2 in the NCAC.

Allegheny drops to 5-19 overall and 2-15 in the conference.

After Wooster went up 7-0 to start the game, Allegheny brought the Scots back down to Earth with back-to-back 3-pointers from Ryan Stanko and Evan Zabriski.

The Gators continued to keep it close for much of the first half. And with 6:34 left in the first, Allegheny was still within arm’s length of the Scots at 27-22.

That margin would not survive the next three minutes, however. Wooster went on a 16-0 scoring run, during which the Scots made six of eight buckets, including four of five 3-pointers.

Sam Calhoun ended the Scots’ streak with a 3-pointer for Allegheny. By that point, however, the Gators were stuck in a hole from which there would be no digging out.

Wooster was led by its small but quick and accurate backcourt. Guard Doug Thorpe paced the team with 20 points, hitting five of seven 3-pointers. Fellow shooter Xavier Brown followed with 17 points.

“They’re not as big as the Wooster teams in the past, or in my four years here,” said Driggs. “But they have two of the best guards you’ll see on this level in Thorpe and Brown.”

Offensively, Allegheny was led by Stanko with 15 points. Zabriski and Josh Valentic tallied 11 points each.

Wooster also enjoyed a distinct edge in rebounding. The Scots out-boarded the Gators 40-22 for the game. Among those stats was a 13-3 advantage in offensive rebounds for Wooster, and a 19-0 margin in second-chance points.

“What really surprised me tonight was we got our butts kicked on the glass,” said Driggs. “They had 12 second chance points in the first half. We haven’t been getting our butts kicked on the glass like that. You have to give them credit. As good as they are, as well-coached as they are, I don’t think it’s the best rebounding team that (Wooster head coach Steve Moore) has had. But they kicked our butt on the rebounds.”

Text Only
  • Kyle Wise Panthers rally to beat Huskies

    Through three innings Tuesday afternoon at home, it looked like it was going to be a very long day for the Saegertown baseball team.
    The wind and the cold didn’t appear to bother Harbor Creek starting pitcher Issac Mattson as the senior struck out nine batters through the first three frames, including four strikeouts in the first inning alone.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greggs and Bison knock Bulldogs down to earth

    Back to reality.
    Coming off one of its biggest wins in recent years on Friday with a 10-5 victory over previously unbeaten Saegertown, Meadville fell victim to possibly being over confident against Fort LeBoeuf.

    April 22, 2014

  • Devils sweep Tigers

    Just six days earlier, the Cambridge Springs boys volleyball coaching staff sat on the sidelines at Saegertown High School perplexed and disappointed as they watched the Blue Devils give away opportunity after opportunity.

    April 22, 2014

  • Abby Clulow Cardinals overcome offensive woes to remain unbeaten

    Abby Clulow is confident that sooner or later the bats are going to come alive for the Cochranton softball team. She is also pretty confident that until then the Lady Cardinals will continue to find a way to get the job done.
    After all, how could she feel any differently?

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fight.jpg Brewers win in 14th after early brawl with Pirates

    Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.
    Yet those were hardly the big blows that attracted all the attention Sunday in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pivotal Game 3 awaits Pens and Blue Jackets

    Not so long ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were the worst team in the NHL.
    Now they’re heading home for tonight’s Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins hoping to make even more history.

    April 20, 2014

  • Blue Jacket_DiRi.jpg Blue Jackets edge Penguins 4-3 in double overtime

    Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • College Softball: DePauw earns NCAC sweep over Allegheny

    It’s gut-check time for the Allegheny College softball team.

    April 19, 2014

  • Biggs.jpg Big first inning leads Meadville to win over Saegertown

    So, how does one go about beating the Saegertown baseball team? It’s a question that District 10 programs have been asking themselves for years now.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taylor, Osborne lead Panthers to 12-1 win over CASH

    Saegertown freshman Kendra Taylor had no reason to believe that Friday afternoon’s non-region softball game would go like any other.

    April 18, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs

In terms of the overall livability and workability of the City of Meadville, which component of the city’s infrastructure should receive top priority?

Stormwater control
It’s too difficult to single one out
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide