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LOCAL ROUNDUP Hatch's basket nets Titans' win



Published: Sun, February 10, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



He delivered the game-winner for Westminster after Boardman's A.H. Davis tied it for Thiel.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Chris Hatch, a graduate of South Range High School, hit a jumper with five seconds remaining to snap a 58-58 tie and give the Westminster College men's basketball team a 60-58 win over Thiel Saturday.

Hatch scored six points, while Pat O'Connor and Jeff Simmons each had 14 points for the Titans (9-14, 2-6 PAC).

Ursuline High School graduate Greg Foster also scored 13 points and pulled in 17 rebounds for Westminster, which staked a 31-25 lead at the break.

A.H. Davis, a graduate of Boardman High School, scored 16 points and Eric Hemsing had 13 for Thiel (11-12).

Thiel took its second lead of the game with 12:53 remaining when Erik Hemsing (Sharpsville High School) scored for a 40-39 front.

Davis scored on a lay-up with 17 seconds remaining to tie the score 58-all.

Grove City 80, Washington & amp; Jefferson 58: GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Andy Vlajkovich, a graduate of Canfield High School, scored 15 points, while Phil Bushre had 12 points for Grove City (16-7, 4-3 PAC).

Ian Dean also scored 11 points for Grove City, which took a 33-17 lead into the locker room at the half.

Washington & amp; Jefferson (5-16, 1-6) was led by Nolan Larry with 23 points.

Mount Union 67, Muskingum 56: ALLIANCE -- Todd Richards shot 11-for-16 for 24 points for the Purple Raiders (16-7, 11-5 OAC).

Brad Gerard also had 14 points and hit four 3-pointers for Mount Union, which led by 22 (39-17) at the half.

Mike Moler scored 19 points for Muskingum (9-14, 4-12).

Mount Union used 58 percent shooting in the first half to build a big lead, shooting 15-of-26 from the field to 7-of-20 (35 percent) for Muskingum.

The Muskies improved to 48 percent (14-of-29) in the second half, but it wasn't enough. Justin Clifford scored 11 and Andy Connell had 10 for the Muskies.

Geneva 72, Urbana 48: BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- Geneva continued to push toward the final playoff spot in the American Mideast Conference with its third straight victory.

Geneva (15-11, 6-9) was led by Jerome Moss with 14 points including 4-for-10 from 3-point range. Senior Josh Woolley, scored 12 points.

Urbana (10-19, 3-13) had no player score in double figures.

Wittenberg 103, Hiram 60: SPRINGFIELD -- Rod Emmons scored 13 points and 13 teammates got into the scoring column for Wittenberg (20-3, 13-1 NCAC).

Wittenberg set a school record with 20 3-point goals including four by Greg Rustad.

Cory Boyle scored 19 points for Hiram (5-18, 3-11).

Otterbein 89, John Carroll 84: UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS -- Jeff Gibbs scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Otterbein.

Gibbs shot 12-of-15 from the field and 8-of-9 free throws for Otterbein (20-3, 13-3 in the Ohio Conference). Kevin Shay scored 22 points and Mo Ross had 13 points for the Cardinals.

John Carroll led 55-42 at halftime and opened the second half with a 10-5 run capped by a layup by Michael Hill to take a 65-48 lead with 16:22 remaining.

Otterbein then went on a 21-5 run, which included two 3-pointers and two lay-ups by Shay, to take a 70-69 lead with 9:43 remaining.

Christopher Jaklich led John Carroll (10-12, 8-8 OAC) with 21 points. Jaklich shot 6-11 from the field, including 4-of-7 3-pointers. Jerry Angel scored 16 points, Hill had 15 and McCladdie added 10 points for the Blue Streaks.

Heidelberg 76, Wilmington 74: WILMINGTON -- Rudy Wolf hit a baseline jump shot as time expired to give Heidelberg the victory.

Wilmington (6-16, 5-11 Ohio Conference) led Heidelberg 39-34 at the half, but led by only one point with 1:51 left to play.

A 3-pointer by Wolf then put Heidelberg (9-14, 5-11) ahead 72-70 with 1:15 remaining, and Lucas Messer made a free throw to give Heidelberg a 3-point lead.

Women: NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Ashley Kenney, Erica Tallo and Alyson Gasper scored 13, 10 and 10 points, respectively, as Westminster defeated Thiel College 71-55.

Samor Himes also pulled in 10 rebounds for the Titans (12-8, 7-1), who led 38-20 at the half. Westminster has won seven games in a row.

Sara Snyder scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds for Thiel (11-12).

The Titans led by as many as 25 points in the second half.

Kenyon 81, Hiram 45: GAMBIER -- Sarah Fox hit for 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Beth Lye tacked on 10 points for the winners (12-10, 8-7 NCAC).

Hiram (3-19, 0-14) was paced by Terra Roane with 10 points.

Muskingum 68, Mount Union 59: MUSKINGUM -- Stephanie Bishop shot 4-for-4 from 3-point land and had 22 points to lead Muskingum (11-11, 6-10).

Katie Workman scored 12 points and Lindsay Mast had 10 points for the winners.

Erin Bryson canned 14 points and Nikki Scarpitti had 13 for Mount Union (5-17, 3-13).

The Purple Raiders were out-scored 39-27 in the second half after leading 32-29 when 20 minutes were completed.

Urbana 65, Geneva 56: BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- Chemmika Pittman, Melissa Miller and Mindy Wright scored 17, 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Urbana (14-15, 9-9).

Wright had 11 rebounds.

Renee Freeman collected 11 points and 14 rebounds, Lindsey Barr canned 11 points and Erica Lewis scored 10 points for Geneva (9-15, 7-10).

Geneva led 32-29 at intermission but was out-scored 36-24 the rest of the way.




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