It was a big day for the Waynesburg University men’s basketball team, as it hosted Franciscan for a PAC battle. Playing in front of a raucous home crowd and honoring legendary former head coach Rudy Marisa during a halftime ceremony, the Jackets improved to 3-0 in conference play by downing the Barons 75-67 on Saturday.

The win gives Waynesburg (5-2, 3-0) its best start to PAC play since the 1999-2000 campaign, which was led by Marisa. The Jackets are also off to their best seven-game start to a season since a 5-2 open to the 2006-07 campaign.

Prior to coming to Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse, the Barons (3-4, 1-2) were averaging 97.3 points per game, which ranked them eighth in the country.

Waynesburg's Matt Popeck's steal and layup with 30 seconds left was a key play and the Jackets were able to put the game away at the free throw line with Ryan Felberg going four for four.

Popeck led a balanced Waynesburg offense that featured four double-digit scorers with a team-high 18 points to go along with six assists, five rebounds and three steals.

East Stroudsburg 89, California University of Pa. 82 -- The Vulcans battled foul trouble and nearly erased a 16-point deficit before suffering a loss at East Stroudsburg (2-1, 2-3) in PSAC crossover play.

Preston Boswell led Cal (1-1, 5-2) with 20 points, making six-of-nine shots from the floor and six-of-six from the three-throw line. Boswell, who is averaging 13.9 points, now has 1,330 career points.

Keith Palek III posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, plus three assists. Zyan Collins scored 17 points with eight rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore Philip Alston finished with 16 points on 8-of-16 from the field and eight rebounds before fouling out.

Women's basketball

Waynesburg 83, Franciscan 55 -- The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a big early lead and never looked back in rolling to a PAC win over the Barons (0-3, 0-7).

Waynesburg (1-2, 1-7) had a pair of players with double-doubles. Avery Robinson poured in a game-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, with 10 rebounds and dished out five assists. Kacey Kastroll tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Brooke Fuller contributed 18 points and seven rebounds for Waynesburg.

California University of Pa. 69, East Stroudsburg29: The Vulcans allowed less than 30 points for the first time in over a decade while rolling past host East Stroudsburg (0-3, 0-5) in PSAC crossover play.

Cal (1-1, 1-5) yielded its fewest points since surrendering 28 points to Molloy (N.Y.) on Nov. 28, 2010.

Dejah Terrell paced four players in double-digits for the Vulcans and recorded her third double-double of the season. She totaled 21 points, tied her season high with 11 rebounds and added three blocks.

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