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Franciscan men pull an upset of AMCC leading La Roche

GOING UP — Franciscan’s Drazen Frankovitch goes up for a layup during Wednesday’s game against La Roche. - John Lee

STEUBENVILLE — The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s basketball team upset La Roche University, the No. 1 team in the AMCC, 72-71 on Wednesday night inside the Finnegan Fieldhouse.

The Barons (5-7, 4-4 AMCC) trailed by nine points, 43-34, at halftime, but out-scored La Roche (8-6, 8-1 AMCC) 38-28 in the second half to hand the Redhawks their first conference loss of the season.

After shooting 44 percent from the floor in the first half, the Barons shot nearly 60 percent in the second half.

Travis Lien led Franciscan with 18 points, while Matt Trent and Sean Hickey each finished with 12 points. Drazen Frankovitch scored 15 points off the bench. Trent led the Barons in rebounds with six, while John Noce finished with 11 points, four boards and a team-high five assists.

Franciscan 72, La Roche 71

La Roche 43-28 — 71

Franciscan 34-38 — 72

LA ROCHE: Frederick 7 2-2 17; Lawrence 3 7-8 13; McDonough 4 1-2 11; Hannes 2 3-3 8; K. Smith 3 0-0 6; J. Smth 4 1-1 9; Ross 2 0-0 5; Pipilo 1 0-0 2; Brown 0 0-0 0; Hawkins 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26 14-16 71.

FRANCISCAN: Lien 7 3-4 18; Trent 4 2-3 12; Hickey 5 0-0 12; Noce 4 1-2 11; Schriner 0 2-2 2; Frankovtich 7 1-1 15. Mack 0 2-2 2; Vernau 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 27 11-14 72.

3-POINT GOALS: La Roche 5 (McDonough 2, Frederick, Hannes, Ross); Franciscan 7 (Trent 2, Hickey 2, Noce 2, Lien). ASSISTS: La Roche 10 (Hannes 3, Smith 3); Franciscan 15 (Noce 5). REBOUNDS: La Roche 35 (Fredercik 9); Franciscan 26 (Trent 6).

La Roche 57,

Franciscan 47

STEUBENVILLE — The Franciscan women’s basketball team lost at home to La Roche on Wednesday night, 57-47.

La Roche (9-4, 9-0 AMCC) remained unbeaten in conference play. Franciscan (5-8, 3-5 AMCC) led 7-4 after one quarter and trailed by just one at halftime, but La Roche pulled away in the third.

Angela Starre led the Barons with 12 points, while Abby Baierl and Estelle Leon each had 11 points.

La Roche 57, Franciscan 47

La Roche 4-16-19-18 — 57

Franciscan 7-12-11-17 — 47

LA ROCHE: Anderson 8 8-9 24; Cole 5 2-2 14; Sanders 3 0-2 6; Mazyck 2 1-2 5; Butler 2 0-0 4; Thomas 2 0-0 4; Jackson 0 0-0 0; Farmer 0 0-0 0; Whittington 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 22 11-15 57.

FRANCISCAN: Starre 5 2-2 12; Baierl 4 3-3 11; Leon 5 1-2 11; Coronis 2 1-2 5; Scott-Avery 0 0-0 0; Sonneberger 3 0-0 6; McGahan 1 0-0 2; Judge 0 0-0 0; Nevarez 0 0-0 0; Vaughan 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20 7-9 47.

3-POINT GOALS: La Roche 2 (Cole 2); Franciscan 0. ASSISTS: La Roche 9 (Butler 4); Franciscan 10 (Coronis 5). REBOUNDS: La Roche 41 (Cole 9); Franciscan 38 (Bairerl 9).

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