Jackson leads WCU past Gannon
Malik Jackson scored 24 points as host West Chester defeated visiting Gannon, 7363, in a PSAC men’s basketball contest inside Hollinger Field House on Saturday.
Malik Jackson scored 24 points as host West Chester defeated visiting Gannon, 73-63, in a PSAC men’s basketball contest inside Hollinger Field House on Saturday.
West Chester (1-2, 1-0 PSAC) earned the win in its home opener as well as its conference opener while Gannon (0-1, 0-1) was playing its first game of the 2016-17 season.
Jackson scored nine of his 24 points in the first nine minutes of the second half as the Golden Rams opened up their largest lead of the game at 13 (5340). That spurt came during a 17-6 run that pushed a two-point advantage at the break to an insurmountable 13. Thomas White (Chester, Pa./Penn Wood) added six points and a blocked shot during the decisive run as well.
Gannon never got any closer than seven points the rest of the way. Mike Jolaoso (Philadelphia, Pa./ Episcopal Academy) hit all six of his foul shots down the stretch to keep the Golden Knights at bay.
Jackson’s 24 was a season high – one more than he had against No. 1 West Liberty – while both White and Jolaoso each added 11 points. White grabbed
six rebounds, and Jolaoso dished out four assists.
IMMACULATA 83, MOUNT
ST. VINCENT 70 >> Sophomore James Willis scored a career-high 22 points and senior Matt Simon dished out a program-record nine assists as the Immaculata men’s basketball team (1-2) defeated Mount St. Vincent (1-2) in the consolation game of the TownPlace Suites TipOff
Tournament hosted by Messiah College. Willis came up huge for the Macs as he went 10-for-13 from the field, 2-for-4 from three point range to score a career-high 22. Simon nearly had the first triple-double in IU history as he knocked down four three-pointers en route to 14 points to go along with the program record nine assists, while chipping in with a team-high eight rebounds. Senior Roy Ferrell Jr. (5 assists) and sophomore Mike Piekarski each had 11 points.
WEST CHESTER 65, GANNON
59 >> West Chester’s Madison Torresin registered the go-ahead bucket in the final 34 seconds to help the Golden Rams secure a 6559 victory over Gannon University inside Hollinger Field House Saturday afternoon. The win marks West Chester’s (1-2, 1-0 PSAC) first overall and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference victory of the season. However, the Golden Rams were trailing by four points at the half as Gannon (04,
0-1 PSAC) knocked down 50 percent of its shots from behind the arc. Gannon’s Maggie Mitchell lead either team in scoring, producing 23 points and four assists. Porscha Speller and Torresin took advantage in the third quarter, going on a 7-0 run to extend the Golden Rams’ lead. The Golden Knights answered in the fourth as the backand-forth affair would go down to the wire with Speller finding an open Torresin for the layup to seal the win. Torresin did lead the squad in scoring,
providing 16 points, six rebounds, and four steals. Speller accumulated 14 points, seven rebounds, six assist, and three steals.
High School Boys Basketball
REDEMPTION CHRISTIAN 72,
PHELPS 56 >> 0-2 Tim Perry had 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks as the Lions (0-2) fell in the consolation of the Westtown Tournament.