Nationally ranked West Liberty continues high scoring vs. Point Park men
Nov. 16, 2010
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – West Liberty University continued its unbelievably high scoring with Tuesday night’s 157-89 victory over visiting Point Park University in a non-conference men’s basketball game.
In back-to-back performances that are astonishing for any level of college basketball, the Hilltoppers (2-0), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, have scored an amazing 311 points. West Liberty opened its season by trouncing fellow Division II team Lock Haven by 106 points, 154-48, Sunday.
Although Point Park (2-1) was able to fare better than Lock Haven did by staying within 68 points and scoring 89 points of its own, the loss still represents a number of highs for the Pioneers.
West Liberty, which has led the nation in scoring the last three seasons, returns four starters from last year’s team that was 29-3, reached the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 and scored over 100 points per game.
The Hilltoppers made 27 3-pointers Tuesday with 18 coming in the first half. West Liberty was led in scoring by Corey Pelle and Barry Shetzer, who each scored 25 points the first 20 minutes.
Point Park has been one of the higher scoring teams in NAIA Division II in recent years, but even head coach Bob Rager’s run-and-gun style could not match the break-neck pace of the Hilltoppers.
Kris Douse, a 6-7, senior transfer from Delaware State Univ., led Point Park with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in three games. Fellow newcomer Jimmy Sherwood, a 6-2 guard from Duquesne Univ., added 15 points and seven rebounds.
Josh Pohlot, a freshman forward from Belle Vernon, had a career-high 10 points to go with five rebounds.
Point Park committed 16 of its 22 turnovers in the first half. West Liberty has forced 80 turnovers in two games after forcing Lock Haven into 58 turnovers Sunday.
West Liberty scored the first 13 points of the game and jumped out to a 36-16 lead after five minutes. The Hilltoppers blistered the nets for 65-percent shooting the first half, which included 66-percent (18 of 27) from 3-point range.
The 157 points are the most ever given up by Point Park. The previous high was 141 in a 141-96 loss to Ashland on Feb. 19, 1992. The 68-point margin of defeat also set a Point Park record. It eclipsed the 62-point loss to Youngstown State, 127-65, on Nov. 28, 1990.
The 246 combined points is the most ever in a game involving Point Park, win or lose. That mark surpasses the 237 combined points in the loss to Ashland in 1992. The most combined points in a Point Park victory is 237 (Point Park 131, Penn State-Behrend 105).