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Big Red Boosters

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school conference room. Coach Reno Saccocia will address the 2014 football schedule.

All are welcome. Memberships will be available.

Barons fall on road

GREENSBURG, Pa. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s basketball team couldn’t pull its defense together in a 98-80 loss to conference opponent Pitt-Greensburg.

The Barons were unable to keep up with Greensburg off the opening tip and were down 34-19 after the first 12 minutes. The team cut the deficit to eight points in the second half.

“It just gets to be exhausting after you’re down by so much and trying to get back in it,” head coach John Lamanna said. “We had no other option but to get out and pressure.”

The team worked hard to pressure Greensburg throughout the game and forced 17 turnovers and 18 points off turnovers which helped their comeback attempt.

Justin Horstman who had a versatile and efficient night with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

Joseph Rine scored 20 points and earned 7 rebounds, while Moses Sullivan added 12 points.

FUS women lose in OT

GREENSBURG, Pa. – Despite a strong showing and back-and-forth action, the Barons womens’ basketball team couldn’t hang on in overtime and lost to conference opponent Pitt-Greensburg, 68-62. Freshman Iliana Gonzales had a career night, scoring a game high 30 points.

“A match up against Greensburg is always a 40 minute battle,” head coach Suzy Delaney said. “It’s back-and-forth, punch counter-punch. We put ourselves in position to win, we just couldn’t get the job done tonight.”

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OVAC hoop pairings announced

The Final Fours have been announced in the five classifications for the annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference basketball tournament.

For local teams, No. 3 Indian Creek visits No. 3 University in Class 5A; No. 4 Oak Glen heads to No. 1 Steubenville and No. 3 St. Clairsville visits No. 2 Harrison Central in Class 4A; and No. 2 Weirton Madonna welcomes No. 3 Trinity Christian.

All games will be played on Monday.

The winners play Feb. 8 at Ohio University-Eastern.

OVAC wrestling duals at Big Red

STEUBENVILLE – Steubenville Big Red will host a portion of the OVAC Bill Hinegardner Dual Meet championships Feb. 6 at the Crimson Center.

The Class 1A/2A event will see Toronto meet Caldwell and Shadyside battle River in the opening round. The winners will then meet for the title.

In Class 4A action, Harrison Central will tangle with St. Clairsville while Oak Glen will test the host Big Red.

Round 1 action will begin at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented to the champion and runner up in each division.

Adult tickets will cost $6, while students will pay $5.

Champions in Class 5A and 3A will be decided on Feb. 5 at John Marshall High School.

Bears to hold sign-ups

NEW?CUMBERLAND?- The Oak Glen Junior Bears Baseball/Softball Association will hold registration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the New Cumberland City Building.

In addition, it will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 6, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Chester Volunteer Fire Department.

Cost is $55 for the first child with an additional fundraiser, $40 for the second child and $25.00 for the third child.

For information, contact David Brown at (304) 670-2146.

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FUS men fall on the road

HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s basketball team dropped an 88-68 decision to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference leader Hilbert College Sunday.

“We just came out flat,” head coach John Lamanna said. “We ended with a good field goal percentage, but defensively we were very poor. We let them do whatever they wanted to do and there was not much resistance.”

Moses Sullivan led the Barons with 21 points. Joe Rine added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

“We’re still learning and still have a long way to go,” Lamanna said.

The Barons visit Pitt-Greensburg for a 6 p.m. start on Wednesday.

FUS women lose

HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s basketball team lost at Hilbert College, 69-54, Sunday.

“We were out of sync. We didn’t shoot well. It was just frustrating,” head coach Suzy Delaney said.

Senior point guard Helen Raines paced the Lady Barons with 14 points. Dani Link added eight points and 10 rebounds and Lacey Huck had 10 points and seven rebounds.

FUS heads to Pitt-Greensburg at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

FUS swimmers drop two

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s swimming and diving team lost to host Washington and Jefferson (67-35) and Hiram College (63-48) on Sunday.

“It was just a challenging meet overall,” head coach Becky Recznik said.

Junior Maria Guiliani finished second in the 200 free (2:05.95). Freshman Nicole Marshall won the 200 back in 2:24.94.

The 200 free relay of Guiliani, Marshall, Molly Coogan, and Aimee Vunovich won in 1:52.74. Kelli Rankin placed third in the 3-meter diving at 169.9. Rankin doesn’t have the opportunity to dive on a 3-meter board often and doesn’t have access to one to practice on.

“She knows we’re limited with training and she has the diving coach Kateri Lang to help her prepare mentally,” Recznik said. “Diving is such a mental sport so it takes a lot of strength of mind and strength of will to just get up and conquer her fears and just go for it.”

The Lady Barons visit Chatham University at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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Linsly beats Madonna girls

WEIRTON – Monica Bragg and Leanne Grubbs each scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough for the Madonna girls basketball team against visiting Linsly on Thursday.

Linsly topped the Blue Dons, 60-36.

Bragg scored 14 points, while Grubbs added 13. Morgan Brunner of Linsly led all scorers with 24 points.

The Blue Dons play at Toronto on Monday.

Linsly 60, Madonna 36

Linsly 15 14 19 12 – 60

Madonna 8 8 11 9 – 36

L – Brunner 8 2-2 24; Allison 6 3-5 15; Orth 4 0-0 8; Vehola 3 0-1 6; Jackson 1 3-4 5; McDonald 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 8-12 60. 3-pointers: Brunner 6.

M – Bragg 6 2-3 14; Grubbs 5 3-6 13; Rosso 1 2-3 5; Lammers 1 2-6 4. Totals: 13 8-19 36. 3-pointers: Ross.

Franciscan men take a close one

STEUBENVILLE – A missed half-court heave at the buzzer secured the Barons’ third conference win, 66-65, against Penn State-Altoona, finishing Thursday’s Franciscan University of Steubenville’s sixth-annual Kuzma Day on a high note.

“The biggest thing tonight? We scored when we needed to score. We got stops when we needed to get stops. That was critical,” said Barons coach John Lamanna

This was also the second time FUS faced Altoona this season, the first matchup ending in an 83-79 loss due to turnover woes in the final four minutes of the game.

“We did a much better job taking care of the ball tonight,” Lamanna said, adding that sophomore point guard Derek David played a large roll in bringing about some positive offensive movement.

Tied for high score with 16 points each, were junior big man Joseph Rine and sophomore shooting guard Timmy Schenk.

Baron women fall to Altoona

STEUBENVILLE – In a game that came down to the wire the Franciscan University women’s basketball team fell short losing to Penn State- Altoona 80-77 Thursday. The Lady Barons were down 38-26 at halftime but once again came back in the second half with an extra spark of energy.

“We battled back into the game and put ourselves in the position to win it,” head coach Suzy Delaney said. “I am thankful for that and proud of the girls.”

The leading scorer for the Lady Barons was freshman Katie Rhodes with 21 points.

No. 1 West Lib downs WJU in OT

WHEELING – Unbeaten and No. 1-ranked West Liberty went 6-for-6 from the foul line during the final 23 seconds of overtime Thursday night to hold off upset-minded Wheeling Jesuit, 93-89, before an overflow crowd at the McDonough Center.

Coach Jim Crutchfield’s Hilltoppers (15-0, 11-0) had to overcome a 13-point second-half deficit to hand the hard-luck Cardinals (6-8, 4-7) their fifth straight loss – all coming by margins of 6 points or less. It marked the first time all season that West Liberty had trailed at any point in the second half.

“With the schools being so close, it’s always a great game when we play these guys,” Crutchfield said. “Wheeling played really hard and shot the ball extremely well, especially in the first half. I told our guys at halftime that there is nothing like a comeback win and this was our chance to get one.”

The Hilltoppers never trailed in the extra frame. Shawn Dyer scored all 13 of his points after halftime to go over the 1,000-point mark for his career.

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Union Local stays unbeaten

MORRISTOWN – Union Local hit Buckeye Local broke open a fairly competitive game in the early stages of the fourth Wednesday and went on for an 86-55 victory and its 13th straight win to begin the season.

In the fourth quarter, Union Local exploded on a 22-2 run, which was fueled by the defensive end. Trenton Tipton and Kaleb McDiffit turned several turnovers into easy chances.

Brennan Czuchran scored 29 points for Buckeye. Edison will host the Jets on Friday.

Big Red Boosters

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school conference room. All are welcome. Memberships are available.

Umpiring classes offered

STEUBENVILLE – Umpiring classes for baseball and softball will be offered in February and March. These classes are for OHSAA and WVSSAC certification. Interested candidates can contact Joe Banovsky by e-mail at jjbanovsky@aol.com or by phone at (740) 632-2871.

Class times and locations will be determined by sign ups.

Classes will consist of book work, computer lessons and on-field mechanics.

Students will be able to umpire during the 2014 spring season upon completion.

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Brooke rolls over JM

MOUNDSVILLE – Producing its highest scoring output of the season, the Brooke boys basketball team routed John Marshall, 85-58, on Tuesday night.

The Bruins (4-5) were lead by Russell Schwertfeger, who scored 16 points, and Thomas Cole, who added 15.

Anthony Barnhart tallied 12 points, while Justin Laughrie added 10.

For John Marshall (3-7), Tanner Philben knocked down seven 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 29 points.

Brooke outscored John Marshall 46-34 in the second half.

The Bruins host University High on Friday.

Brooke 85, John Marshall 58

Brooke 18 21 22 24 85

JM 11 13 19 15 58

Brooke (4-5): Teaff 1 2-4 4, DeStefano 1 0-0 2, Laughrie 4 2-3 10, Cole 6 3-4 15, Green 4 1-3 9, Damron 1 1-2 3, Schwertfeger 7 1-2 16, Staffileno 3 0-0 6, Sole 4 0-1 8, Barnhart 6 0-1 12. TOTALS: 37 10-18 85. 3-POINTERS: Schwertfeger.

JM (3-7): Mason 1 0-0 2, Philben 8 6-6 29, Wharton 0 5-5 5, Henry 1 0-0 2, Sadowski 1 5-9 7, Smith 5 1-2 11, Foster-Smith 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 17 17-22 58. 3-POINTERS: Philben 7.

Donahue stops Toronto

MCMECHAN – Toronto sophomore Blaze Glenn scored a game-high 24 points, but it wasn’t for the Red Knights to get past Bishop Donahue on Tuesday. The Bishops raced past Toronto for an 86-61 win.

Riley Kiersey and Brad Melville each scored eight points for the Red Knights. Nate Stewart added five points.

Bryce Jones led Donahue with 17 points. The Bishops led 30-9 after the first quarter.

Bishop Donahue 86, Toronto 61

Toronto 9 22 11 19 61

Donahue 30 18 25 13 86

Toronto: Stewart 2 0-0 5, Glenn 8 8-13 24, Jordan 1 0-0 2, Roush 1 0-0 2, Clegg 1 0-0 2, Rawson 3 0-0 6, Kiersey 3 2-3 8, Lawrence 0 0-0 0, Melville 3 2-3 8, West 0 0-0 0, Fordham 0 0-0 0, Roush 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 24 12-19 86. 3-POINTERS: Stewart.

Donahue (6-3): Robinson 1 0-0 2, Hampton 6 2-4 14, Bryce Jones 6 3-4 17, Straughn 0 4-8 4, Kaschke 0 0-0 0, Tadlow 1 0-0 2, Moore 1 0-0 3, Jared Yates 6 0-0 14, Josh Miller 7 1-2 15, McCoy 0 1-2 1, Berletch 0 0-2 0, Chase Truex 6 0-0 12, Lemasters 0 2-2 2. TOTALS: 34 13-24 86. 3-POINTERS: Jones 2, Moore, Yates 2.

From staff reports

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Edison boosters to meet

RICHMOND – The Edison Athletic Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafeteria. The main order of business will be to continue work on the annual steak fry and auction fundraiser, which will be held March 15 at Ohio Catering’s the Countryside in East Springfield.

Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and live auction items will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For information or donations, contact JoAnn Stagani at Edison at (740) 765-4313 ext. 101.

FUS women win close one

BRADFORD, Pa. – The Franciscan University of Steubevnille women’s basketball team edged Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Bradford Sunday, 65-63.

“I am so excited for our team and our program coming off of two big wins back-to-back this weekend,” head coach Suzy Delaney said.

The Lady Barons, who held an 11-point halftime lead, improve to 4-7 overall and 3-3 in conference action.

“They were clawing back into the game a few points at a time but you could just see it in our girls’ eyes that they were determined and had their composure,” Delaney said. “Our two captains, Helen (Raines) and Lacey (Huck) have really set the tone and our team is following their lead.”

A conventional three-point play by Monica Dawyot gave FUS a 62-59 lead with less than two minutes to play.

Katie Rhodes led the winners with 18 points. Dani Link added 14. The Barons shot 89 percent from the free throw line.

The Lady Barons travel LaRoche College for an 8 p.m. game on Wednesday.

FUS men lose

BRADFORD, Pa. – The Franciscan University of Steubevnille men’s basketball team dropped a 73-64 decision at Pitt-Bradford Sunday.

The Barons held a 31-30 lead at the break.

“We played some of the best defense we’ve played all season in the first half,” head coach John Lamanna said.

“We missed some open shots (in the second half) and then all the sudden our defense got a lot looser. It just puts so much pressure on your defense to have to come through possession after possession.”

FUS visits La Roche College at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Magnolia edges Golden Bears

NEW MARTINSVILLE – Jessica Stivason led the Oak Glen girls basketball team with 18 points, but it wasn’t quite enough as Magnolia rallied for a 50-47 victory over the visitors on Thursday.

Vanessa Hissam finished with 15.

Grace Berisford finished with 15 points and four steals for Magnolia.

Mallory Chapman had 15 points to go with seven rebounds for the Blue Eagles, while Kelsi Chapman added 12 points and three assists.

Union Local races past Edison

RICHMOND – Ashlee Miller led Edison with seven points, but the Wildcats fell, 67-35, to Union Local on Thursday. A total of 10 players figured into the scoring for Edison, with Meghan Scott scoring five points and Abby Fonow and Kaylinn Drabick each adding four.

Cori Medley led Union Local with 16 points, Kylie Russell scored 11 points and Mikayla Patton added 10 points.

Edison plays at East Liverpool on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Union Local 67, Edison 35

Union Local 15 21 18 13 67

Edison 6 11 8 10 35

UNION?LOCAL: Medley 6 3-3 16, Swallie 5 6-7 16, Patton 5 0-0 10, Russell 4 2-4 11, Delaney 1 4-6 6, Rucker 2 0-0 4, Clark-Patterson 2 0-1 4. TOTALS: 25 15-21 67. 3-pointers: Russell.

EDISON: Proffitt 1 1-6 3, Scott 2 1-2 5, Carpenter 1 0-0 2, Funkhauser 0 2-2 2, Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Drabick 1 2-2 4, Miller 2 3-6 7, Fonow 1 2-4 4, Stewart 1 1-2 3, Morrison 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 11 12-24 35. 3-pointers: Morrison.

University tops Brooke

WELLSBURG – Three University players scored in double figures as the visiting Hawks raced past Brooke, 86-34, on Thursday.

Mariah Callen led all scorers with 26 points, including five 3-pointers, while Shelby Boyle and Sandra Meadows each scored 11 points.

Angela Staffileno led Brooke (2-7) with 14 points, including one 3-pointer. Michaela Hinerman added seven points.

University, which outscored Brooke 50-16 in the second half, improves to 8-1.

The Bruins host Wheeling Park on Monday.

University 86, Brooke 34

University 15 21 24 26 86

Brooke 10 8 4 12 34

University (8-1): Callen 10 1-2 26, Willis 2 0-1 5, Seman 1 0-0 3, Fizer 4 0-0 8, Chico 1 0-0 2, Miller 1 3-3 5, Cunningham 3 0-0 6, Boyle 3 3-4 11, Mercer 2 0-1 4, Meadows 5 1-3 11, McCord 2 0-1 4. TOTALS: 25 9-16 86. 3-pointers: Callen 5, Willis, Seman, Boyle 2

BROOKE (2-7): Wentzel 1 0-0 2, Farmer 1 0-0 2, Belegol 1 0-0 2, Altobel 1 0-2 2, Hinerman 2 3-4 7, Preston 1 0-0 2, D’Ulisse 0 3-4 3, Staffileno 6 1-2 14. TOTALS: 12 7-12 34. 3-pointers: Staffileno.

FUS to host Kuzma Day

STEUBENVILLE – Franciscan University of Steubenville will host the sixth-annual Hank Kuzma Community Day on Jan. 23.

The event will host a high school boys basketball game between Steubenville Catholic Central and Weirton Madonna. That game will sandwich the 4 p.m. women’s game and 8 p.m. men’s game with Penn State-Altoona.

“This is a great event for our community and university,” FUS Director of Athletics Chris Ledyard said. “We will come together to honor our high school athletes as well as our Baron basketball teams.”

Kuzma will be honored between the high school and men’s contest.

Kuzma has been a legend in the Ohio Valley and a heavyweight in the history and growth of FUS. He coached the Barons from 1954-58 and again from 1978-81 while serving as the school’s athletic director.

His 1958 team finished 24-1 and the title of “Number One Small College Basketball Team” by the United Press. He also held an undefeated home record during the 1950s with 56 consecutive home victories.

“Its always a fantastic evening to honor Coach Kuzma for all the success he had in his coaching career and the legacy he left at Franciscan University,” said Barons men’s head coach John Lamanna. “Hosting Madonna and Catholic Central makes Kuzma Community Night an even more special event.”

The Lady Barons feature the top scorer in the Allegheny Mountain College Conference, freshman guard Illiana Gonzalez, and the conferences leading rebounder and fourth leading scorer, junior forward Lacey Huck.

The men are off to their best start in years and have the No. 9 shot blocker in the country, junior forward Joe Rine.

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Red Knights stop Irish

BELLAIRE – Makayla Bauman hauled in a game-high 17 rebounds and had four steals as the Toronto girls basketball team defeated host St. John Central, 59-51, Wednesday evening.

Katie Spadafora added 12 caroms. Malaysia Harrison collected five steals and Lindsay Bodnar four.

The Red Knights host Bishop Donahue on Monday.

Lexie Berger netted eight of her team-high 15 points in the first period and Bodnar scored half of her team’s total in the second quarter.

Bauman totaled six points and Spadafora five in fourth period as Toronto pulled away at the end.

Bodnar and Bauman each added 14 points for the winners.

Lindsey Froelich netted a game-high 20 points for the Irish, eight coming in the fourth period. Marissa Rose chipped in with 15 points before fouling out.

Toronto 59, St. John Central 51

Toronto 18 10 13 18 – 59

St. John Central 16 9 13 13 – 51

TORONTO: Berger 5 2-4 15, Bodnar 6 0-0 14, Bauman 6 2-4 14, Spadafora 2 5-6 7, Harrison 2 2-2 6, Robinson 2 1-2 3, Jones 0 0-2 0. TOTALS: 21 12-20 59. 3-pointers: Berger 3, Bodnar 2.

SJC: Froelich 7 6-8 20, Rose 6 1-3 15, LeMasters 3 1-1 7, Lowe 3 0-1 6, Porter 0 2-2 2, Santinoceto 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19 11-17 51. 3-pointers: Rose 2.

FUS men lose close one

ALTOONA, Pa.- The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s basketball team dropped an 83-79 decision at Penn State-Altoona Wednesday.

The Barons grabbed a 77-67 lead with four minutes left in the contest, but were outscored 14-2 down the stretch,

“We didn’t take care of the basketball, which put too much pressure on our defense.” FUS head coach John Lamanna said. “When we turned the ball over, it provided easy baskets for Altoona. During that crunch time of the game, it’s a priority that we take care of the basketball and don’t leave empty stretches out on the floor.”

Justin Horstman led the Barons with 13 points.

“Everybody contributed and everybody made a play to help us be successful. It was a group effort,” Lamanna said. “We competed hard. We just came up short.”

FUS, 1-3 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference action and 2-7 overall, visits Penn State-Behrend at 2 p.m. Saturday.

FUS women lose on road

ALTOONA, Pa. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s basketball team dropped a 67-60 count at Penn State-Altoona Wednesday.

“I’m happy we had those looks and am confident we will cash those in in the future,” head coach Suzy Delaney said. ” We did attack on offense better in the second half.”

The Lady Barons closed the gap to three points twice in the second half, including once in the final two minutes.

“We brought ourselves back into it and the girls kept up the pressure,” Delaney said.

Lacey Huck drained a triple to bring FUS within four with 30 seconds left in the game, but the Lions made their free throws down the stretch to gain the win.

“We have to learn from each loss and move on,” Delaney said. “We’re going to keep working together and stay focused on team chemistry.”

Dani Link had 15 points and four rebounds. Illiana Gonzalez finished with 19 points and Huck totaled 16 points and nine rebounds.

FUS visits Penn State Behrend at 4 p.m. Saturday and Pitt-Bradford on Sunday.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school conference room.

All are welcome and memberships are available.

Team seeking players

The U12 Ohio Valley Venom is seeking players for the spring season. For information, visit www.ohiovalleyvenom.com. To schedule a tryout, send an e-mail to venombaseball@comcast.net.

From staff reports

Briefs

Barons fall to Muskies

NEW CONCORD – Franciscan University of Steubenville lost 83-48 Thursday in its first game in 18 days at Muskingum University.

“It was a really tough game,” head coach John Lamanna said. “When things don’t go your way, things just don’t go your way. It just happened that quite a bit of things just didn’t quite go our way this afternoon. We were really out of sorts from the tip, it wasn’t anything Muskingum did -it was more we were just a little off.”

The Barons came out slow, not scoring until freshman Christian Duke’s three-point jump shot two minutes in, while the Fighting Muskies had already put up seven points. The game continued similarly, with Muskingum scoring regularly and FUS struggling to knock down shots. The first half ended 43-26.

Freshmen guard Garrison Holmes and Duke each contributed five points in the first half, with junior Justin Horstman contributing four. Sophomore guard Timmy Schenk led the team in scoring in both halves including nine in the first.

FUS women earn win

BETHANY – The Franciscan University of Steubenville’s women’s basketball team won its second game of the season against Bethany College with a nail-biting last five minutes Thursday. Franciscan made a major comeback from being down 12 points in the final five minutes to winning the game 82-78.

“It was an awesome comeback,” head coach Suzy Delaney said. “We were with them pretty much the whole game but we were down by about ten at half time.”

A back-and-forth second half started with Franciscan down 42-32. Although the Lady Barons played a balanced game, they couldn’t quite break the Lady Bison’s lead until the very end.

“It’s incredible effort after that whole game to turn up the pressure like they did in the end of the second half,” Delaney said.

With five minutes remaining, Franciscan employed a full-court press and succeeded in grabbing steals and finishing with shot after shot to close the gap and put it in contention to win the game.

The difference for Franciscan came in its ability to finish their foul shots making 34 of 40.