Battle of the unbeatens during Day Three of tourney
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Day Three of the Punxsutawney Elementary boys' basketball tournament had two closely contested contests, including two games decided by one possession Wednesday night.
Washington 12, Pitt 9
Brandon Matthews scored seven of his team's nine points, but Pitt was unable to prevent Washington (3-0) from moving to 3-0 in the first of three match-ups between fourth- and fifth-grade teams Wednesday.
The Huskies benefitted from a balanced scoring attack, as Jesse Burkett (five points), Tyler Richardson (four) and Andrew Britton (three points) provided the scoring needed to edge out the Panthers (2-1).
Jacob Ward also contributed two points for Pitt.
Michigan 24, Michigan State 13
Matt Blose scored a game-high 14 points and helped Michigan (1-2) pick up its first win of the tournament over Michigan State (1-2).
The Wolverines' attack of Blose, Austin Ewing (six points) and Cameron Cobel (four) proved to be too much for the Spartans.
Matt Wehrle (seven points), Logan Geist (two), Tim Fernandez (two), Matt Greenblatt (one) and Ben Anthony (one) all scored for the Spartans.
North Carolina 14, Syracuse 12
North Carolina (1-2) used Kevin Constant's eight-point effort to help the Tar Heels pick up its first win of the tournament in a close game against Syracuse (1-2).
Kyle Burkett (four points) and Izaak Mccoy (two) also scored for the Tar Heels.
Syracuse, which won in overtime yesterday, couldn't eke out another close victory.
Syracuse beat Michigan 11-8 Tuesday night in overtime.
Ethan Blose (four points), Brent Huey (four), Zach Pape (two) and Willie Hoover (two) scored for the Orange.
Ohio State 18, UCONN 7
In the first of two sixth-grade games, Ohio State (2-1) rode Jacob Weaver's seven-points to a win over UCONN. Sky Anderson (six points), Lucas Amber (two), Chandley Emhorr (two) and Nick Constant (one) all scored for the Buckeyes.
Pat Fedigan led UCONN (0-2) with three points, while Brady Snyder and Jacob Horner each scored two.
Georgetown 10, Texas Tech 6
Joe Triponey scored a game-high five points and helped Georgetown (1-0) hand Texas Tech (2-1) its first loss of the tournament.
Caleb Smith also scored three points for the Hoyas, while Kyce Yoho added two. For the Red Raiders, Tanner Zimmerman scored four points, and Ethan Riley added two.
The tournament will conclude tonight, starting with Pittsburgh versus Michigan State at 5:30 p.m.
After that, North Carolina and Michigan face off at 6 p.m., Syracuse opposes Washington at 6:30 p.m., Georgetown stares down Ohio State at 7 p.m., and Connecticut goes up against Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the week.