Weekend College Top 10: Duquesne, Slippery Rock keep winning
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Duquesne football earns first FCS playoff victory
A.J. Hines totaled 246 yards from scrimmage, and the Dukes scored 31 straight points to defeat No. 16 Towson, 31-10, in a first-round game Saturday. It was Duquesne’s first victory over a ranked team since joining FCS in 1993. The Dukes (9-3), who have won six straight, will visit No. 5 South Dakota State (8-2) at 3 p.m. Saturday. After going ahead 10-0, Towson was on the verge on scoring again in the second quarter until Brandon Stanback forced and recovered a fumble at Duquesne’s 1-yard line. The Dukes got within 10-3 before halftime, tied it on Daquan Worley’s 48-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter and went ahead for good when Hines scored on a 71-yard screen pass from Daniel Parr. Hines ran 28 times for 175 yards and a touchdown. Towson, which came into the game averaging 36.7 points, was held to its lowest scoring output of the season.
2. Slippery Rock football rolls into quarterfinals
Roland Rivers III bounced back from two subpar games by going 18 of 24 for 249 yards with four touchdowns, leading The Rock past New Haven, 59-20, in a second-round NCAA Division II playoff game Saturday. Slippery Rock (11-2), which scored a touchdown on its first seven possessions, advanced to face top-seeded Notre Dame (Ohio) (12-0) on Saturday. Wes Hills ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns for The Rock, which ran for 263 yards and passed for 263 yards. Henry Litwin had five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. No. 11 Notre Dame defeated Hillsdale, 19-14, on Saturday.
3. IUP men’s basketball rallies, stays unbeaten
Dante Lombardi (Kiski School) scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half as the No. 3 Crimson Hawks rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Le Moyne, 60-48, on Saturday. Malik Miller contributed 14 points for IUP (6-0), and Jacobo Diaz had 11 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes. Le Moyne (4-2) reached the NCAA Division II quarterfinals last season. Its 48 points are the team’s fewest since 2014.
4. Pitt volleyball to host first 2 rounds in NCAAs
The 11th-ranked Panthers (29-1) will open the NCAA Tournament at home for the first time in program history when they take on Iona (20-7) at 7 p.m. Friday at Petersen Events Center. Michigan (22-9) and Navy (23-8) play at 4 p.m. Friday, and the winners meet at 7 p.m. Saturday. Pitt, the ACC champion, is the No. 12 seed. Penn State, the No. 8 seed, also will serve as a host site. The Nittany Lions (23-7) face Howard (20-10) at 7:30 p.m. Friday after the 5 p.m. match between Syracuse (18-8) and Yale (19-4). The winners play at 7 p.m. Saturday.
5. CMU women improve to 6-0
Makayla Filiere, Laurel Pereira and Cameron Pitts scored 16 points apiece as Carnegie Mellon routed Franciscan, 75-44, on Sunday. Pitts added 14 rebounds for the Tartans, who built a 26-10 lead after the first quarter. Katie Higgins finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
6. RMU men’s hockey sweeps Mercyhurst
Justin Addamo scored two of his team’s four power-play goals, helping the Colonials to a 7-1 victory Saturday and their first weekend sweep of the season. Daniel Mantenuto and Nick Prkusic added a goal and assist apiece for Robert Morris (5-6-1, 4-3-1 Atlantic Hockey Association). On Friday, RMU won 3-1 behind 32 saves from Francis Marotte. Jacob Coleman broke a 1-1 tie midway through the second period, and Eric Israel added an insurance goal with 1 second left in the period. Mercyhurst dropped to 5-7-2, 3-4-1.
7. Cal (Pa.)’s Barrett records 3rd 30-point game of season
Redshirt senior Seairra Barrett (Central Valley) scored 32 points as Cal (Pa.) improved to 5-0 with a 73-43 victory over West Virginia State on Sunday. Barrett went 12 of 21 from the field and added 12 rebounds and five steals. She entered the season with two 30-point games.
8. Bearcats’ Kromka sets career high in win
Saint Vincent’s Tom Kromka (Gateway) had 21 points, a personal-best 15 rebounds and four blocks in an 82-73 victory over Pitt-Greensburg on Saturday. David Stephen added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Bearcats (5-1). JoJo France led Pitt-Greensburg (2-3) with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
9. No. 6 Penn State men’s hockey splits with No. 5 Ohio State
The Nittany Lions won 4-3 on Friday before losing 5-2 on Saturday in a Big Ten battle of ranked teams. In Friday’s victory, Denis Smirnov scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period. Cole Hults and Evan Barratt had a goal and an assist each. On Saturday, the Buckeyes scored three times in the final three minutes, including two empty-netters. Penn State dropped to 10-3 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten. Ohio State is 9-4-1, 4-2.
10. W&J’s Parker eclipses 1,000 career points
Washington & Jefferson senior Danielle Parker (Canon-McMillan) had eight points, hitting 1,000 on a 3-pointer in the third quarter, in a 72-54 loss to Baldwin Wallace on Sunday. She became the 18th Presidents player to hit the milestone. Parker added nine rebounds for W&J (2-4).
Jeff Vella is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at [email protected] or via Twitter @JeffVella_Trib.