Armoni Foster

Meadville graduate Armoni Foster sets up a play for Indiana (Pa.) during a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference men’s basketball game against Edinboro on Wednesday at McComb Fieldhouse. Foster scored nine points to help lead the No. 7 Crimson Hawks to an 88-53 win over the Scots.

EDINBORO — Former Meadville standout Armoni Foster returned to the area on Wednesday as the seventh-ranked Indiana (Pa.) Crimson Hawks faced Edinboro in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West men’s basketball action at McComb Fieldhouse.

Foster scored 13 points and had three assists in the Crimson Hawks’ 88-53 win over the Scots.

Farrell graduate Malik Miller scored a game-high 22 points for IUP while Ethan Porterfield, a Sharon grad, added 14 points and 12 rebounds. 

Jaryn Simpson and Trey Staunch had 13 points each for the Scots. Anthony Allen chipped in with 10 points.

Earlier in the day, Foster was named to the Top 100 watch list for the Bevo Francis Award. The award is given annually to the top small college basketball player in the nation.

Going into Wednesday’s game, Foster was averaging 18.6 points per game with 27 steals. He was shooting 53.1 percent from 3-point range.

IUP improved to 14-1 overall and 9-1 in the PSAC with the win. Edinboro is now 5-9 overall and 2-8 in the conference.


Terries upend Gators

HIRAM, Ohio — Brodgie Gordon’s jumper with 52 seconds left in the contest proved to be the game-winner as Hiram held on to beat Allegheny 80-79 on Wednesday in North Coast Athletic Conference men’s basketball action.

Gordon’s shot put the Terriers up 80-77. Allegheny cut the lead to two (80-79) on a layup by Jordan Rawls. Rawls then stole the ball away from Hiram on its ensuing possession with nine seconds to play. But Allegheny couldn’t get a shot off and Hiram held on.

Rawls finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Gators (9-5, 3-4 NCAC). Nijon Kirkman and Brian Roberts Jr. added 17 points each and Jordan Greynolds chipped in with 15 points. Kirkman also had 10 boards.

Gordon led all scorers with 31 points for the Terriers (5-9, 2-5 NCAC).


Women’s basketball


Scots fall short in upset bid

EDINBORO — Edinboro rallied back from a 12-point deficit to take the lead with 5:58 to play. But Indiana (Pa.), ranked No. 8 in the country, made the most of its opportunities at the free throw line down the stretch to pull out a 66-63 win over the Scots on Wednesday in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s basketball action.

Edinboro trailed 49-37 with 9:33 to play in the fourth quarter. A layup by Cheniya Sharpe ignited a 15-0 run, which was capped by a layup by Michaela Barnes to put the Scots up 52-49 with 5:22 left in the game.

The score went back and forth. Edinboro did pull in front with 49 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer by Bridgette Shaffer. But with 24 seconds left, IUP’s Natalie Myers was fouled. She went to the line and made both free throws to put the Crimson Hawks back up 64-63. Justina Mascaro also made two free throws with 16 seconds left for the final tally.

Edinboro did get off a 3-point attempt with four seconds on the clock. But it was off the mark.

Shaffer finished the game with seven treys and 25 total points. Barnes had 17 points. Sharpe finished with eight points and nine rebounds for the Scots (7-7, 5-5 PSAC).

IUP is now 15-1 overall and 10-0 in the PSAC.


Lady Gators leash Terriers

HIRAM, Ohio — The Allegheny College women’s basketball team lit it up during a North Coast Athletic Conference Clash against Hiram on Wednesday, grabbing a 95-77 victory. 

Four different players scored in double digits for the Lady Gators (7-8, 3-3 NCAC). Zoe Youdell had a towering 24-point, 13-rebound double double. Rylee Donovan added 19 points and nine boards. Julianna Skowron followed with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. And Alexis Caldwell grabbed 13 points and seven boards.

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