Commonwealth top seed knocked off


Charles Cooper had a big night on the road to lift Alvernia.
Alvernia athletics file photo

Alvernia jumped out to a 21-2 lead and knocked off the top seed in the Commonwealth Conference playoffs, defeating Lycoming 96-74 on Wednesday night. 

Charles Cooper hit four of his nine 3-pointers during the run, on the way to scoring a game-high 34 points and advancing to the conference title game at Stevenson. Sean Farr and Erik Fisher each put up double-doubles as Stevenson defeated Hood 68-53. It'll be a rematch of the 2014 Commonwealth title game.

Catholic and Scranton set up a third meeting and the second in a week as each won to advance to the Landmark Conference title game. Corey Stanford scored 11 points in a 33-13 spurt to open the game and the Cardinals cruised to a 79-53 win vs. Drew. Scranton will be looking for its sixth Landmark title in eight years, thanks to Ross Danzig, who scored a season-high 26 points and added five assists in a 67-53 win vs. Susquehanna.

Baruch and Brooklyn will meet on Friday night in the CUNYAC title game. Granville Gittens hit the game-winner with two seconds left to lift Baruch past York (N.Y.) 52-50, while Brooklyn defeated Lehman 80-70.

Northwestern ran the table in the regular season in UMAC play, but needed overtime to keep that run alive and defeat St. Scholastica 74-70. The Eagles will host Minnesota-Morris in the UMAC title game.

Messiah's tournament run ends

Albright went on an 18-0 late in the game, and that was enough to lift the Lions to a 59-42 win vs. Messiah in the Commonwealth Conference semifinals. And the loss means Messiah will miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999. Kelecia Harris had 14 points and 17 rebounds to lead Albright (20-6).

The Lions will face Stevenson, which advanced to the Commonwealth title game for the first time. Sara Tarbert and Ty Bender each scored 16 points and Tarbert added a game-high 18 rebounds in a 63-47 win vs. Lebanon Valley, avenging Stevenson's only loss of the conference schedule.

The Atlantic Region conferences' title games are pretty much set. Cabrini and Immaculata will meet in the CSAC, while FDU-Florham gets Eastern in the Freedom and Montclair State and Richard Stockton will square off in the NJAC. Cabrini advanced with a 90-76 win over Keystone, winning its 17th consecutive game and setting up a rematch of the 2014 CSAC title game. (That's a game Cabrini won 88-59.)