W&J Men’s Basketball Wins Season Opener 85-83
DUBOIS, Pa. – The Washington & Jefferson College men’s basketball team rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to earn an 85-83 victory over Penn State-DuBois on Tuesday evening in the 2011-12 season opener.
The Presidents, who trailed 48-32 at the break, won their season opener for the third consecutive season. W&J completed the furious comeback behind the sharp shooting of junior guard Zach Bellhy (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry). Bellhy poured in 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting from both the field and free throw line.
Sophomore guard Brett Rubin-Goldstein (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) also had the hot hand for the Presidents after netting a career-high 18 points. He nailed 6-of-10 shots overall, including 5-of-8 accuracy from three-point range.
Freshman guard Doug Johnson (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) contributed 14 points for the Presidents, who shot 52 percent overall (26-50). W&J made 8-of-21 shots from three-point range.
Penn State-Dubois (0-1) held a slim 28-27 rebounding advantage. Junior forward R.J. Pilato (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) grabbed a team-high seven boards for the Presidents.
Washington & Jefferson hosts the Washington Area Teachers Federal Credit Union Tip-Off Tournament starting Saturday at 6:00 pm when Muskingum takes on Davenport (Mich.). W&J faces Pitt-Titusville in the second game at 8:00 pm.