UPMC had a chance to add insurance to a one-point lead, while PGT had two chances to take the lead via free throws. Instead of both teams converting free throws at the end, the score remained 70-69, asUPMC improved to 4-1, while PGT dropped to 1-4.
Travon Woodall and Dante Taylor led the way for UPMC. Both players had 21 points, a game-high. Woodall added five rebounds and two assists. Taylor grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. In a losing effort, Lamar Patterson added 11 points, three rebounds and an assists. Freshman Cameron Wright added 10 points, four rebounds and an assist.
UPMC led 41-34 at halftime. PGT cut the lead down to a 69-65 deficit with just three minutes remaining, thanks to a basket from Patterson. With the score at 70-69, PGT's B.J. Monteiro was fouled. Monteiro missed both foul shots. PGT went after Woodall, fouling him on the ensuing in-bounds pass. Woodall, to that point, was 6-of-8 from the line for the game. He missed his two free throws, giving PGT one last hope. Patterson grabbed the ball off Woodall's miss, and actually had time to launch a full-court shot. It almost went in, as it bounced off the back of the rim.
The Lair 88
Center Court 80
The Lair, the league's highest-scoring team, knocked off Center Court 88-80. The Lair improves to 4-1, while Center Court suffers its first loss of the season.
Once again, Gilbert Brown came up big for The Lair. Coming off a 37-point night a week ago, Brown chipped in 29 points--the most of any player on Wednesday night, in addition to grabbing six rebounds--a personal high for the summer. Brown scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half.
Brown had help on the glass from redshirt freshman Talib Zanna, who finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds, the most of any player on Wednesday night. Brown's all-around performance, with Zanna's inside game was complemented nicely by Duquesne freshman T.J. McConnell, who added 13 points, six rebounds and five assists. Eleven of McConnell's 13 points were scored in the second half.
Early on, it was a matchup between Brown and Pitt teammate Asthon Gibbs. Gibbs scored 28 points, and grabbed four rebounds, in a losing effort. Pitt's J.J. Richardson added eight points and four assists in the loss. Gibbs was perfect on his first six shots, which included four three-pointers.
Center Court got as close as 74-70 with just under six minutes to play, thanks to a jumper from Richardson. The Lair's lead was sporadic. Zanna grabbed an offensive board for a putback, followed by another Brown three-pointer, to give his team an 85-76 lead with two minutes left to play. From there, The Lair was able to hold on for the win.
SPK jumped out to a 46-37 lead at halftime, and didn't look back, in securing a 78-70 win. SPK climbs out of a three-way tie for last place, and improves to 2-3 on the season. P&W drops to 1-4.
Pitt freshman J.J. Moore put on the display once again, scoring 23 points with three rebounds and three assists in the win for SPK. Pitt walk-on Nick Rivers added a season-high 10 points, with three rebounds and three assists for PGT. Moore was also 3-of-5 from three-point range.
Also helping SPK's cause was Jimmy Sheerwood and Robert Morris' Velton Jones. Jones added 17, followed by Sheerwood's 13. Robert Morris' Dallas Green grabbed 10 rebounds for SPK. IUP's Daryl Webb added 22 points and seven rebounds in the loss for P&W.
P&W got as close as three points in the second half, thanks to the three-point shooting of Westminster's Ryan Murray. Murray added consecutive three-pointers, bringing his team to within 62-59 with under ten minutes to play. Unfortunately, that's as close as they would get.
STANDINGS (W-L, PF, PA)
The Lair (4-1, 413, 389)
Center Court (4-1, 367, 360)
UPMC (4-1, 360, 341)
SPK (2-3, 362, 361)
PGT (1-4, 338, 356)
P&W (1-4, 351, 384)