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Barons drop 2 games

November 19, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

The Franciscan University of Steubenville men's and women's basketball teams lost games on Sunday.

The men left the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic 0-3 after Sunday's loss to the Gallaudet Bison 85-72, while the women dropped a 78-43 decision to SUNY Geneseo in the Nan Nichols Classic at the College of Wooster.

The men had nine players ready for the game.

"It's really hard on the body," head coach John Lammana said. "We don't have anytime to rest. With our short bench it makes things more difficult.

"We started to move the ball better in the second half. We forced the action better and got open looks. It just took too long to get that rhythm."

The Barons were led by again by Tim Schenk, Joseph Rine and Christian Duke, along with a balanced performance from Justin Horstman. Duke, who played 37 of 40 minutes, scored 19 points and added five rebounds and four steals.

"Christian Dukes was just fantastic," Lammana said. "It was just such a pleasant surprise.

"We need to continue to work on our effort. We will continue to fine tune from there, but we will win if we give the effort we had in the second half.

"The effects the weekend will have on our program aren't in the win column. But come January and February you will see the work we put in come to fruition."

The men host Oberlin College at 4 p.m. on Nov. 28.

"It's natural to be bummed about a loss but the girls have great attitudes," women's head coach Suzy Delaney said. "It was good competition, it was great for us to get to learn from what we did well and what we're going to keep improving on."

The Barons were down 35-23 at the half.

"They are excited to play every game," Delaney said. "They're focused and we want to keep encouraging that and continue to do what we do at a high level to keep improving."

Transfer sophomore Helen Raines finished with 12 points, all on three-pointers.

Sophomore Amy O'Keefe added 14 points and nine rebounds. Monica Dawyot and Sarah Prosser had eight and seven boards respectively.

"I am pleased with the effort we're putting out and I believe it's going to pay off as our conference season starts," Delaney said.

FUS plays its first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game at 6 p.m. Nov. 28, hosting Penn State-Altoona.

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