UPMC 74 SPK 72
Picking up where Monday night's action left off, the first game of Wednesday went all the way down to the wire. Duquesne's Bill Clark hit a game-winning three-pointer with no time on the clock, as UPMC defeated SPK 74-72. UPMC improves to 3-1 on the season, while SPK drops to 1-3.
SPK gained the lead late on a Nasir Robinson layup, which was assisted by Brad Wanamaker. With seconds remaining, Travon Woodall brought the ball up court for UPMC. He took one last drive, then managed a reverse layup. The ball deflected off the rim, then bounced into the hands of an open Clark. Clark put the shot up from the wing, which was good.
Woodall led the way for UPMC with 13 points, four assists and three rebounds, on a 4-for-14 shooting performance. Brad Wanamaker didn't fare much better on the other side, shooting just 3-for-13 in the loss for SPK. Wanamaker contributed nine points, five rebounds and four assists in the loss.
Dante Taylor managed 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win for UPMC. SPK, despite the loss, had the better inside performances. Nasir Robinson finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Robinson was 8-for-13 from the field. The real star was freshman J.J. Moore, who came through with his best game of the summer. In a losing effort, Moore finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, playing in a multitude of spots. He was 9-for-13 from the field.
Wanamaker's brother Brian added nine points and five rebounds in the loss.
The Lair 98 P&W 92
The second game of the night was a complete shootout. Despite nearly eclipsing the century mark, The Lair had to fight to hold on for an entertaining 98-92 win over P&W.
Pitt's Gilbert Brown led the way with 37 points and four rebounds for The Lair. Brown was unstoppable all night, shooting 16-of-20 from the field. Brown had some help from Duquesne freshman T.J. McConnell, who nearly had a triple-double. McConnell finished with 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. McConnell assisted on six of Brown's field goals.
The Lair held a 46-43 lead at halftime. Despite Brown's hot streak, The Lair could not get much breathing room. They led by as many as nine in the second half.
P&W cut the lead to six after Nick Rivers assisted on a Chase Adams bucket, trimming the deficit to 83-77. Robert Morris' Dallas Green later hit a three, bringing P&W to within one, at 85-84. P&W tied the game at 88-88 when Westminster's Ryan Murray hit a three-pointer, from almost the exact same spot as Clark's game-winner, in the first game. Murray's three tied it with two minutes left.
From there, the game came down to free throws. Pitt's Talib Zanna and McConnell hit free throws down the stretch, to clinch the win for The Lair.
Zanna finished with seven points and 11 rebounds. Duquesne's Jerry Jones added 20 points for The Lair. On the losing side, Green led the was with 21 points for P&W. IUP's Daryl Webb added 16 points for P&W.
The Lair improves to 3-1, and is the highest-scoring team in the league through four games. P&W drops to 1-3.
Center Court 80 PGT 73
The third game of the night showed the biggest comeback. Center Court came back from a ten-point deficit at halftime to take home an 80-73 win over PGT, and remain unbeaten in the league. Center Court is 4-0, while PGT drops to 1-3.
For a second game in a row, Pitt's Ashton Gibbs rose to the occasion in the second half. Gibbs finished with 21 points to lead Center Court, after scoring just seven points in the first half. J.J. Richardson came up with some big rebounds down the stretch, finishing with a total of eight boards. Gannon's Kyle Goldcamp, a 6-10 center, added 12 points, and Robert Morris' Russell Johnson added 14.
In the loss, Pitt's Gary McGhee had his highest-scoring game of the summer, with 24 points, to lead PGT. McGhee only grabbed six rebounds. Lamar Patterson had his biggest game with 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
The turning point of the game came after a technical foul on Pitt's J.J. Richardson, which was tacked on after a foul on Patterson. Given four foul shots, Patterson only converted the first one. Instead of building the lead, Center Court capitalized. They took their first lead, 58-57, as Washington & Lee's John Guest scored on an unassisted layup with seven minutes to play.
Also, in the losing cause, Pitt freshman Cameron Wright added nine points, four rebounds and two assists in the loss.
Center Court 4-0 287 272 The Lair 3-1 325 309 UPMC 3-1 290 272 SPK 1-3 284 291 PGT 1-3 269 286 P&W 1-3 281 306