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No. 22 Daemen Tops No. 4 West Lib

AMHERST, N.Y. _ All-American center Andrew Sischo scored 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while all five Daemen starters hit double-figures Saturday as the No. 22 Wildcats stunned No. 4 West Liberty, 98-85, in an early-season battle of Top 25 foes.

Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers (2-1) never really got untracked as the Daemen (5-1) came out smoking.

A 14-3 run turned a one-possession game into a 25-12 Wildcat lead at the 12-minute mark of the opening half and WLU couldn’t string enough stops together to cut into the lead as the hosts carried a 57-45 edge into intermission.

The 6-9 Sischo was virtually unstoppable, going 8-for-8 from the floor – including a 3-point bomb – for 19 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and blocking a pair of shots in the first half alone.

After shooting just over 40 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes, West Liberty tried to fight its way back when play resumed.

The Hilltoppers closed to within seven points on multiple occasions in the early minutes of the second half but their shooting woes intensified and ultimately proved too much to overcome.

Will Yoakum topped West Liberty with 18 points while Bolon and Preston Boswell added 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Wallace backed Sischo with 19 points for the Wildcats while Breon Harris added 17. Kyle Harris and Jeff Redband finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

WOMEN

Pitt-Johnstown 68 Wheeling 56

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — The Wheeling University women’s basketball team was dealt a loss at Pitt.-Johnstown in a non-conference game.

Sophomore forward Lilly Ritz registered her second double-double this season with team highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds (four offensive) and four steals.

Senior guard Taliah Cashwell added 12 points, while senior guard Khira Burton pitched in 10.

WRESTLING

No. 12 WLU Wrestlers Impress at Findlay Open

FINDLAY, Ohio – Coach Danny Irwin’s No. 12-ranked West Liberty University wrestling team had a big day at the Findlay Open Saturday, walking away with seven placers and an individual championship. Three wrestlers advanced to the finals in their respective weight classes at the mammoth event, which featured wrestlers from numerous NCAA Division I, II and III programs.

Sophomore All-American Cole Laya was the 125-pound champion while junior Corey Secrist was third at 125. Two-time national qualifier Logan Kemp was runner-up at 197 while true freshman Zane Lanham was the 184-pound runner-up. Jacob Simpson was sixth at 141 and the senior duo of Isaiah Myers and Garrett Cook shared seventh place at 184.

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