Pioneers to face Western Ontarion (Nov. 2, 4 pm ET) and Toronto (Nov. 3, 2 p.m. ET)
Game Notes at Daemen (NY) College Tournament -- Nov. 2-3, 2012 at Amherst, N.Y.
Nov. 2 -- Point Park vs. Western Ontario, 4 p.m. ET
Nov. 3 -- Point Park vs. Univ. of Torono, 2 p.m. ET
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The Point Park University Pioneers open their 2012-13 men's basketball season at the Daemen (NY) College Tournament Nov. 2-3. The Pioneers will face a pair of Canadian schools, Western Ontario and the Univ. of Toronto on the weekend. It is the first-eveR meeting between Point Park and Western Ontario. The Pioneers are 1-1 all-time versus Toronto including an 88-84 loss at this event last year.
The Pioneers have 3 of 5 starters returning from last year's team that was 13-12 overall and 6-6 in the AMC. The Pioneers led the country in scoring at 88.6 ppg but also gave up 86.4 ppg. Guards T.J. Heatherington (24.5 ppg), Robbie Heatherington (14.1 ppg) and Jimmy Taylor (13.4 ppg) return as starters and are joined by some talented newcomers. Most notably, Point Park added some height with the arrival of Babatunde Somoye, a 6-9, 280-pound center from England. Head coach Bob Rager is in his 24th year coaching at his alma mater and has a career record of 323-313.
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SCOUTING WESTERN ONTARIO
The Mustangs were 10-19 overall last year and are 0-6 so far in their preseason scrimmages. But not to be taken lightly, Western Ontario has been hosting several NCAA schools, some of which hail from the Division I ranks, in their exhibition games. The Mustangs employe a Princeton offense that focuses on backdoor cuts to the basket. A majority of Western's movement comes off the dribble. Peter Sholtes is a 6-5 forward who averaged 16.3 ppg last year and is leading the Mustangs in scoring in the preseason. Another top player is Adam Jespersen, a 6-8 forward who averaged 9.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg last year. He is a transfer from Hawaii. Point guard Ryan Barbeau scored 24.1 ppg last year but has graduated. Head coach Brad Campbell is in his sixth year on the job.
About the School: Located in London, Ont., Western Ontario is also known as Western University. It has 21,000 undergrads and 2,300 graduate students. The Mustangs are members of the Ontario University Athletics conference.
Athletic Web Site: www.westernmustangs.ca
SCOUTING UNIV. OF TORONTO
The Varsity Blues were 10-13 last year and are 5-4 thus far in their nine exhibition games. Toronto has some high-scoring players led by senior Alex Hill, a 6-5 guard. Hill averaged 16.0 ppg last year and has been putting up big numbers in the preseason with a few 30-point games to his credit. Also putting up a lot of points in the preseason is 6-0 guard Arun Kumar, who averaged 11.8 ppg last year as the team-leader in assists and 3-pointers made. Ben Garvin, a 6-3 forward, averaged 3.8 ppg last year but has been a consistent scorer in the preseason. Rick Pilena is in his first year as interim head coach and has been on the staff since 2004-05.
Last year vs. Point Park: (Toronto W, 88-84, Nov. 5, 2011): Point Park led at the half, 43-33, but Toronto shot 56% the second half to mount a comeback. The Varsity Blues, who shot just 30% the first half, had five players in double figures led by Alex Hill with 18 points on 4 of 7 from long range. T.J. Heatherington had 26 points and 10 assists for Point Park. Jimmy Taylor added 17 points on 5 of 10 from 3-point range.
About the School: The University of Toronto has 66,000 students among its four campus. The Varsity Blues sponsor 23 men's sports and 23 women's sports and are members of the Ontario University Athletics conference.
Athletic Web Site: www.varsityblues.ca