IUP Men’s and Women’s Hoops Dismantle Clarion Saturday

CLARION, Pa. – Four IUP players reached double-figures in scoring as the fourth-ranked IUP men’s basketball team defeated Clarion 89-53 on the road Saturday for its fourth straight win of the year.

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With the win, the Crimson Hawks improved to 18-1 overall and remained in a tie for the top spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division standings with an 11-1 league record.

Senior guard Dante Lombardi led IUP in scoring with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, knocking down five of the Crimson Hawks’ season-best 15 3-pointers.

Senior forwards Jacobo Diaz and Willem Brandwijk each tallied double-doubles while Malik Miller added 10 points. Diaz finished with 16 points and 10 boards while Brandwijk had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

It was a relatively slow start for IUP, leading 16-11 after eight minutes of play. A 3-pointer by sophomore guard Anthony White jumpstarted a 19-4 run for the Crimson Hawks who built a 35-15 lead less than six minutes later.

IUP hit five 3-pointers by five different players during the run, capped by one of three triples on the day by Diaz.

The lead remained 20 at halftime with IUP on top 44-24 going into the locker room.

The Crimson Hawks kept their big lead in the second half, using a 17-6 run to take a 33-point lead at 82-49 with four minutes to play. They turned on cruise control for the final few minutes for their third straight blowout victory.

IUP shot 48 percent for the game, including 15-of-30 from 3-point range, and converted 12-of-13 from the foul line.

Clarion was led by sophomore guard Khari Williams who collected a double-double on the afternoon. Williams scored a game-high 25 points while grabbing 11 boards and dishing off three assists, playing 36 minutes. Big man, Jonathan Williams contributed 10 points, while teammates Lawrence Lemon and Rodriguez each added five points.

Clarion will return hit the road for three consecutive away games starting Wednesday, January 30, when it travels to PSAC West rival California University of PA. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM at the Convocation Center on the campus of CalU.


CLARION, Pa. – The Crimson Hawks went on a 26-0 run in the second half to open up a huge lead as No. 1-ranked IUP women’s basketball picked up a 73-51 road win over Clarion at its Student Recreation Center Saturday afternoon.

The win comes after the Crimson Hawks’ first loss of the season as they improve to 16-1 overall and 11-1 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

IUP clung to a 39-35 lead after a 7-0 run by Clarion (7-12, 1-11 PSAC) midway through the third quarter. That served as the Crimson Hawks’ wake-up call, as they preceded to score the game’s next 26 points during a 7:21 span into the fourth quarter to take control of the contest. The big run gave them a 65-35 lead with eight minutes to play in the game.

Senior guard Carolyn Appleby was one of the keys to the run, making plays on both ends of the court with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Also scoring on the run were senior guard Lauren Wolosik and senior forward Brittany Robinson with six points each, and junior forward Lexi Griggs with four points.

IUP put it on cruise control from there to post its 14th win of 20-plus points this year.

Appleby and Griggs each finished with a game-high 17 points. Robinson tallied her second double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Wolosik added 12 points.

The Crimson Hawks shot nearly 52 percent from the floor and turned the ball over just seven times on the afternoon. Their plus-17 rebound margin was their best since out-rebounding Millersville by 22 back on December 2.

Yndiah Bobo had a team-high 15 points to go with two assists, two steals and two rebounds for Clarion, which had only seven players dressed because of a rash of injuries. Karns City grad Emily Hegedus added 11 points and five rebounds in 37 minutes of action while making her first career start. Jordan Bekelja pulled ever closer to 1,000 career points with 10 in the book, giving her 978 points in her career.


EDINBORO, Pa. – The Clarion track & field team saw two athletes hit qualifying marks for the PSAC Championships and a number of others come close, as the Golden Eagles competed at the Al Hall Freedom Games hosted by Edinboro.

The highlight of the day was the Distance Medley Relay team of Anna Foster, Alice Fernald, Allison Gates and Kayce Bobnar, with the quartet winning the race in a time of 13:47.80. That was seven seconds faster than Slippery Rock’s squad that came in second. Foster also had a strong performance in the Mile, posting a time of 5:35 that was good for fourth in the field.

Style Henry continued her progression towards PSAC Championships in the 60m taking third in a time of 7.92 to qualify her for the championship meet later this winter. That mark came tantalizingly close to her program record of 7.78 set last year. She just barely missed qualifying in the 200m, running a 26.56 that was just .22 shy of the mark. That was good enough for second in the race behind Slippery Rock’s Emily Horstman. Fernald took fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 26.86.

In the field, Katie Brest took second in the Weight Throw, crushing the PSAC qualifying mark with a toss of 14.08 meters. She also took fourth in the Shot Put, tossing the implement 10.52 meters.

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