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Friday, November 18, 2016

Pitt-Bradford Friday Athletic News

By Scott Elliott
Panthers Hang on to Defeat Otterbein for First Win

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team built an 11-point halftime lead and hung on to defeat Otterbein 63-59 at the Geneva College Coaches vs. Cancer Tipoff Tournament.

The Panthers will face the host Golden Tornadoes in the championship game Saturday at 3 p.m.

Trailing 10-9 early in the contest, the Panthers used a 20-5 run to pull ahead by 12. The lead would stretch to 14 on Christian Kelly-Perkins’ only basket of the game, and Pitt-Bradford would carry a 33-22 lead into the break.

In the second half, Otterbein trimmed the advantage to four on four separate occasions yet the Panthers would answer each time. Pitt-Bradford went 7-10 from the line over the final minute to ice the game.

The Panthers shot 42 percent from the floor and dominated inside, outscoring the Cardinals 38-18 in the paint. Pitt-Bradford overcame Otterbein connecting for 10 three-pointers by outrebounding the Cardinals by eight and scoring 15 second-chance points.

Evan Greening collected a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, Manny Welch added 13 points and Fateem Brockington had 10 points. Jaewon Mitchell pulled down 12 rebounds, and Sahlil Harris had a pair of steals.

With the victory, Pitt-Bradford improves to 1-1 on the season.

Cold Shooting Dooms Panther Women in Season Opener

FROSTBURG, Md. - The Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team could not overcome a cold shooting performance in its season opener Friday, falling to Rutgers-Camden 73-58 at the Jim Crawley Tournament.

Rutgers-Camden opened the game on a 9-2 run and led 26-12 after the first quarter, going 9-of-15 from the field. The lead would balloon to as much as 26 before the half ended, and the Panthers would get no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Pitt-Bradford shot just 30 percent from the floor, including going 3-of-22 from long-range. The Panthers also struggled at the line, hitting only 13-of-26 attempts.

Rutgers-Camden hit 47 percent of its attempts from the floor and went 18-29 from the charity stripe.

Shirleah Ragin led the Panthers with 21 points in her Pitt-Bradford debut, Brittany Watts posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Ali Rinfrette totaled 11 points.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 0-1 on the season and will play York (N.Y.) in the consolation game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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