Otherwise, UPJ played the Hilltoppers on even terms. The Mountain Cats had just 12 turnovers, with Rukavina attributing only one to the usually brutal press. The Cats also held a slight edge on the boards, 40-38, and hit 25 of 49 attempts inside the 3-point arc.
But the game was different from a game a week earlier, won 98-83 by the Hilltoppers.
"We played Johnstown last week, and both teams shot the lights out," Crutchfield said. "Tonight was a completely different type of game. They're the No. 1 3-pointer shooting team in the country and they had trouble getting them to go.
"Inside the arc, we're shooting 52 percent from the field for the year; inside the arc we're shooting 60 percent, almost. We're 4 for 17 inside the arc in the first half. It had a weird feel to it."
West Liberty advances to tonight's semifinal against rival Wheeling Jesuit, with an 8:30 tip. Pitt Johnstown heads to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, along with Seton Hill.
"That's where we belong," Rukavina said. "We're right smack in the middle of all the teams we play. We never had football, so that's why they didn't want us. But they changed their mind, so it will be interesting. It will be good."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com or at twitter.com/dougsmock.