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OVAC VB match coming Sunday

MORRISTOWN — The 16th annual OVAC All-Star Volleyball Match will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Union Local High School.

Lyle to be inducted into HOF

GROVE CITY, Pa. – Grove City College will induct six into its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame class on Feb. 4.

Included in the six is Beaver Local High School graduate Donald Lyle who spent 43 years at Grove City as a coach, athletic director and administrator. He served as the men’s soccer coach from 1972 to 2005, softball coach from 1980 to 1987, baseball coach from 1988 to 1997 and athletic director from 2003 to 2015. He also helped found the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Also being inducted are Lynn Crawford ’69, Eric Sluss ’86, Cherith Reidenbaker ’97, Abby (Moose ’05) DeMario and Elisa (Pedersen ’06) Stodghill.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame reception, dinner and induction ceremony can be reserved by calling the Grove City College Department of Exercise Science and Athletics at 724-458-2900. Tickets are $25.

Mook makes an impression

PITTSBURGH–Point Park University freshman guard Baylie Mook, a 2015 graduate of Columbiana, has made the most of her playing time so far this season. Mook saw her first action of the season in Sunday’s 85-44 win over Penn State-Beaver and scored 14 points in seven minutes. Mook drained all six of her field goal attempts, including a break-away layup and two three-pointers. She was the game’s second leading scorer. Mook also scored five points in Wednesday’s 87-45 win over Penn State-Fayette. Point Park, an NAIA school located in downtown Pittsburgh, is 4-1 on the season.

Ojeleye leads SMU past Pitt

NEW YORK (AP) — Semi Ojeleye scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and SMU defeated Pittsburgh 76-67 in the first semifinal of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

Shake Milton added 14 and Ben Moore contributed 12 for the Mustangs (3-0), who shot 57 percent in the second half and 48 percent overall.

Michael Young scored 22 points for Pittsburgh, which had averaged 96 points in home wins over Eastern Michigan and Gardner Webb. Jamel Artis added 20 for the Panthers (2-1).

Ojeleye, who had not played in 23 months after being used sparingly at Duke, shot 9 of 17. He has 68 points in his first three games with the Mustangs.

Ojeleye turned in his latest big game after going 2 of 7 in the first half when the Mustangs missed their last nine shots and trailed 33-31.

The Mustangs held a 54-45 lead when Ojeleye hit a 3-pointer with about 12 minutes left.  The Panthers were within 63-59 following two free throws by Young with 4:52 left but the Mustangs gradually finished it off, starting with a two-handed dunk by Moore on the next possession. Ojeleye then polished off his big night with an emphatic block of Young with about a minute remaining and converted a transition layup on the next possession.

BIG PICTURE

SMU: The Mustangs came into the game playing effective defense by allowing 54 points per game and for the most part they continued it.

Their defense forced several traveling violations, including one with about 13¢ minutes left which resulted in an unsportsmanlike technical and ejection for Sterling Brown. Brown was handed the technical for emphatically applauding in the face of Jamel Artis after his defense resulted in a traveling violation.

Pittsburgh: The Panthers have struggled defensively and other than the final five-plus minutes of the first half, their defensive issues continued.  The Panthers have allowed an average of 82 points so far and even when coach Kevin Stallings started instructing his players to press, it was unsuccessful. Turnovers also continued to be an issue as Pittsburgh committed 13, resulting in 11 fewer field-goal attempts.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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