#5 Point Park Men at #4 Cincinnati Christian -- KIAC Tournament Quarterfinals
Feb. 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Point Park's Asa Braxton drives past CCU's Kenny Gaynor in the Feb. 16 home win over the Eagles.
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- No. 5-seed Point Park University (14-10, 8-7 KIAC) goes on the road to play No. 4-seed Cincinnati Christian University (15-15, 9-6 KIAC) in the KIAC Tournament Quarterfinals on Feb. 23. Game time is 2:00 p.m. ET in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Watch Live on the Point Park Sports Network on iHigh.com as the Pioneers try to advance to the KIAC Tournament semifinals versus the Eagles. The winner moves on to the conference final four being held Feb. 25-26 at IU Southeast (New Albany, Ind.).
Point Park won both regular-season matchups, 83-70, on the road, Feb. 1 and 88-83 at home in its regular-season finale Feb. 16. Cincinnati Christian beat Berea on Feb. 19 to lock up the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and the home game that goes with it.
Point Park has a high-scoring offense that ranks second in NAIA DII at 94.5 ppg, and that would set a school scoring record if it holds up besting the 2006-07 team that was 29-2 overall and scored 92.9 ppg. But the Pioneers have been held under 90 points both games vs. Cincinnati Christian, which is third in the KIAC in scoring defense at 72.1 ppg.
But Point Park, which is 127th out of 128 teams in NAIA Division II in scoring defense at 88.6 ppg, has played good defense in the two meetings with CCU. The 70 points given up at CCU in the 83-70 win Feb. 1 were the second-fewest allowed by the Pioneers this year. CCU shot just 32 percent in that game, and Point Park shot 50 percent overall to make up for a 4 for 17 effort from long range.
The Pioneers, who are allowing opponents to shooting 45 percent for the season, gave up 48-percent shooting to CCU in the 88-83 home win Feb. 16. CCU made 12 of 28 from 3-point range, but Point Park made up the difference at the foul line going 25 for 39 from there. CCU was 7 for 7 from the free-throw line.
Cincinnati Christian is led by freshman center Kenny Gaynor, who is 6-7 and averaging 17.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg. Junior guard Mike Hill comes in at 12.7 ppg, and he put up a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds at Point Park. Freshman guard D.J. McCommons is averaging 11.8 ppg as he, Gaynor and McCommons were the only CCU players in double figures in both meetings this year.
Senior guard T.J. Heatherington leads Point Park with 17.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg. He had 26 points in the home win over CCU and 19 points at CCU. Junior guard Gabe McNeal (17.1 ppg) is averaging 22.5 ppg in KIAC games and led the Pioneers with 29 points in the victory at CCU.
Freshman forward Matt Noszka (12.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg) had a huge game with 28 points and 14 rebounds in the win at CCU. Babatunde Somoye, a 6-9 senior center, has been averaging more than a double-double the last couple of weeks and enters the playoffs at 9.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg.
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