FUS basketball teams lose twice

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s and women’s basketball teams dropped home games to the University of Pitt-Bradford Sunday afternoon.

The men lost 62-44, falling to 0-13 overall and 0-5 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference activity.

The women fell, 55-38, dropping to 3-10, 2-4.

The men were behind 20-19 at halftime.

“We are finally playing team defense,” FUS head coach John Lamanna said. “We are playing as a unit instead of single handedly.”

Franciscan utilized its team play and garnered hard-earned rebounding stats. The Barons outrebounded Bradford, 33-30.

“This is very important to us,” Lamanna said. “That is something that we have really put a lot of emphasis on.”

FUS point guard Peter Mooney finished with a game-high nine rebounds.

“I’m extremely pleased with Peter Mooney. He really pursued the ball well,” Lamanna said. “This is the best in game pursuit he’s shown since I have coached him.”

Joseph Rine contributed eight points and four blocks. Rine is ranked ninth in NCAA Division III blocks per game.

“(Joe Rine) is really the key to a balanced attack offensively and defensively,” Lamanna said. “We want to spread the ball around the court, and his excellent shot selection gives us that ability.”

The Barons host La Roche College at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The women were down 29-25 at the break.

“The loss really came down to our lack of consistency with scoring,” head coach Suzy Delaney said. “We didn’t get to the line at all, which hurt us in the end.”

Lacey Huck had 16 points and 10 boards, and Helen Raines added seven points and four assists.

FUS trailed 37-34 with eight minutes left in the game, but were outscored 18-4 down the stretch,

“When it came down to the end, we just weren’t able to finish,” Delaney said. “Over the past couple of weeks we’ve added and lost girls and changed positions. We played a good, solid team, and I’m happy with our defense and our efforts. We didn’t stop shooting.”

The Barons host AMCC leader La Roche College at 6 p.m. Wednesday.