Meadville Tribune

February 1, 2014

Free throws lift Kenyon past Allegheny

Meadville Tribune
Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Kenyon used an 8 for 12 showing from the free throw line in overtime to pull away for a 61-53 victory over Allegheny in a physical, defensive-oriented North Coast Athletic Conference men’s basketball contest at the Wise Center.

The game featured 11 lead changes and four ties over the final 14 minutes of the second half. But after Allegheny (3-16, 0-12 NCAC) was unable to convert on the final possession of regulation, Kenyon (9-9, 6-5) broke a 53-all tie by making eight foul shots over the final two minutes of the extra session to pick up the win.

Josh Valentic led Allegheny with 14 points, with Ryan Stanko adding 11. Sam Calhoun narrowly missed his first career double-double, scoring nine points to go with his career-high 13 boards.

Kenyon’s Brian Lebowitz scored a game-high 16 points, while also adding 12 rebounds for the double-double. Ikenna Nwadibia scored 15 points for the Lords, with Tim Connolly adding 10.

UPJ wins in overtime

EDINBORO — Henri Wade-Chatman’s 3-pointer in the last second of regulation knotted the game at 72 apiece to send the PSAC West contest to overtime, before visiting Pitt-Johnstown outscored the Fighting Scots 19-10 in the bonus period to earn the 91-82 victory on Saturday afternoon at McComb Fieldhouse.

Edinboro falls to 8-11 overall and 1-8 in PSAC West play, while the Mountain Cats improve to 11-9 on the season and 4-6 in the conference.

Wade-Chatman paced four Scots in double-figures with 19 points. Bryan Theriot notched his fifth double-double of the season and 23rd of his career with 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Johnathan Logan scored 16 markers while Alex Moore dropped in 14 points. Jonny Marsh posted a game-high nine assists.

Bill Luther led all scorers with 25 points for the Mountain Cats. Nate Snodgrass and Matt Palo each added 13 points, while A.J. Leahey scored 12 markers off the bench.

Women’s Basketball

EUP routs Panthers

EDINBORO — The Edinboro women’s basketball team rebounded from its loss to Davis & Elkins on Thursday with an 89-80 victory versus Pitt-Johnstown on Saturday afternoon at McComb Fieldhouse.

The Fighting Scots improved their record to 15-4 overall and 9-0 in the PSAC West while the Lady Cats fell to 7-13, 4-6 in conference.

Aignee’ Freeland led four players in double figures with her fourth straight double-double and eighth of the season. The sophomore forward finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 10-for-18 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the free throw line.

Darche’ Jackson added 18 points. She is now 21 points away from becoming the 28th member of the 1,000-point club. Valerie Majewski added 16 points and led the Fighting Scots with six assists. Laurel Lindsay also scored 16 points.

For Pitt-Johnstown, Nicole Carman led the way off the bench with 20 points. Jasmine Harper finished with 15 points and eight rebounds while Inaya Stephenson added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Track & Field

Scots do well at Open

GENEVA, Ohio — The Edinboro men’s track and field team had three top 10 performers at the Midwest Indoor Track & Field Open at the Spire Institute on Saturday.

Charles Ivey placed third in the 400 meter dash (49.21) and Kyle Shinn finished ninth in the 400 meter dash (50.12).

Matt Link added a fourth place finish in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:31.20.

Bryan Baumgartner provided a top 25 performance with a 24th place finish in the one-mile run (4:25.38). Logan Kempney and Nick Soto each added top 25 individual performances as well. Kempney ran the 3,000 meter run in 8:59.60 to place 20th while Nick Soto’s 12.62 meter shot put throw was also good for 20th.

The women got a stellar effort from Tabitha Bemis at teh meet.

Bemis posted a season-best in the long jump and qualified for NCAA Provisional with a jump of 5.75 meters, good for second. She also qualified for NCAA Provisional with a first-place finish in the triple jump (11.99 meters) and a second place in the 60 meter hurdles (8.75).

The senior also competed with Mia Sember, Allison Gibbens, and Kat Faller in the 4x400 meter relay team that finished first place with a time of 3:54.96.

Another Edinboro quartet placed in the top ten in that 4x400 meter relay, as Sophie Zielonka, Noelle Jurcak, Elizabeth Budzinski, and Breonica Smith placed ninth with a time of 4:15.16.

Faller finished ninth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 59.53.

Gators open season

LEWISBURG — A pair of Gator distance runners opened up the indoor season in fine fashion at the 16th annual Bison Open, hosted by Bucknell University.

Competing in the 5,000 meter run, sophomore Logan Steiner and senior Kristina Martin each turned in strong performances against a deep field.

Steiner finished second among 43 runners, establishing a new personal-best time of 15:15.33, more than four seconds better than his previous PR, established with his third-place finish at the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.

Martin took seventh in a field of 37, timed in 18:10.6, just two seconds off of her top indoor performance of the 2013 campaign, when she finished fourth at the conference championship.