Point Park men end losing streak with victory over St. Louis Coll. of Pharmacy
Feb. 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. ET
NAIA DII national assists leader Robbie Heatherington had 14 assists in Sunday's win. Photo by Sam Robinson.
MIDWAY, Ky. -- Playing its third conference game in its third city in 42 hours, the Point Park University men's basketball team ended its four-game losing streak with Sunday afternoon's 95-79 win over KIAC opponent St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
The Pioneers (10-13, 5-8 KIAC) opened their three-game, three-city, KIAC road trip on Friday night with a loss at Cincinnati Christian, 88-63, and followed that up with a 93-88 loss at Indiana East on Saturday afternoon.
In Sunday's game versus St. Louis College of Pharmacy (7-11, 0-6 KIAC), which was played at neutral site Midway (Ky.) College, the Pioneers got back on the winning track.
The Pioneers improved to 5-8 KIAC, and they have three of their final four conference games at home. Point Park is currently in the eighth and final playoff spot in the 10-team KIAC standings, but they are just 2.5 games out of fourth place and 1.5 games out of fifth.
Point Park put up plenty of stats in the win over the Eutectics, and it was point guard Robbie Heatherington who was setting up most of the offense. The senior from McKeesport, Pa., dished out 14 assists -- versus just four turnovers -- and scored 15 points.
Heatherington, who leads NAIA Division II in assists per game, upped his season average to 7.2. His 14 assists on Sunday were four off of tying his school record of 18 assists in a single game that he set Nov. 19 of this season versus Penn State-Fayette.
Heatherington also picked up seven rebounds in what was at least his third time getting close to a triple-double this year. With Heatherington setting everyone up for easy looks, the Pioneers shot 52 percent from the field and made 8 of 23 3-pointers.
Nick Brown scored 22 points on 9 of 15 from the floor and made three treys. Gabe McNeal put up 19 points on 7 of 16 overall and 3 of 6 from the perimeter. Matt Noszka added 18 points and made a couple of treys.
Off the bench, T.J. Lanier chipped in nine points, and Brandon Camic eight.
The Pioneers led the rebounds comfortably at 48-33, and it was a group effort with four players tying for the team lead with seven rebounds each -- Brown, McNeal, Heatherington and Josh Pohlot.
Playing its third game away from home in 42 hours, the Pioneers understandably came out slow and trailed, 15-12, in the early going. But Point Park soon got its offense revved up and led, 41-29, at the half.
Point Park kept it going in the second half, and Noszka's dunk with 9:47 to play put the Pioneers up by 19 points, 74-55.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy shot 41 percent from the field and made only seven turnovers. Shawn Menckowski had a team-high 20 points on four treys, and Clayton Earhart added 19. San Hemann put up a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pioneers are now off until next Saturday, Feb. 8 when they host NAIA DII No. 2 Indiana Southeast for a KIAC game at 1 p.m.
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