Point Park men beat previously unbeaten WV Tech in home opener, 91-79
Nov. 27, 2010
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's basketball team opened up its 2010-11 home schedule Saturday with an NAIA victory over previously unbeaten WV Tech, 91-79, at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
Jimmy Sherwood had 18 points for Point Park. Photo by Kristen Zelenka.
The Pioneers improved to 4-2 and dealt WV Tech (3-1) its first loss of the season. WV Tech is a member of NAIA Division I and entered Saturday averaging 101.0 points per game.
Point Park, members of NAIA Division II, picked up the 299th career victory for head coach Bob Rager. The Pioneers will try to give their 22nd-year head coach win No. 300 Tuesday at home versus NAIA DII No. 2 Walsh (4-0).
The Pioneers had five players in double figures Saturday led by sophomore point guard T.J. Heatherington with 21 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Jimmy Sherwood, a senior guard who transferred to Point Park this year, got his season average of 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the floor and 2 of 3 from long range. The senior from Sharon, Mass., also added seven rebounds and three assists.
Newcomer Kris Douse, a 6-7 forward, totaled 14 points and 12 rebounds to register his fifth double-double in six games.
Senior guard Josh Trocchio, a native of North Hills, Pa. came off the bench for 14 points and hit on 4 of 9 3-pointers. Trocchio nailed three big treys in the second half to help Point Park build on its 36-28 halftime lead.
Junior forward Devon Alexander, a 6-5 native of McKeesport, chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
The pace picked up the last 20 minutes after a sloppy first half in which both teams shot 35 percent from the floor, committed double-digit turnovers and shot a combined 9 of 28 from the foul line.
WV Tech had a fast start off the opening tip and raced out to a 7-0 lead. But Point Park responded with a 24-5 run to lead, 24-12, on Sherwood's layup with 9:58 to go. The Pioneers ended up taking a 36-28 lead into the halftime locker room.
A key factor in the game was WV Tech's leading scorer and rebounder, 6-7 forward Josh Proctor, picked up two early fouls and had three fouls by halftime. The junior forward who led Harrisburg's Steelton-Highspire High School to PIAA Class AAA gold in 2007-08, came in the game averaging 21.0 points and 13 rebounds per game.
But Proctor was limited to just three points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action. He picked up his fourth foul early in the second half and fouled out with Point Park leading 64-55 with 7:14 to go.
Donald Robinson led the Golden Bears with 22 points, and Terrale Clark added 19 points off the bench.
Point Park ended up shooting 43 percent (29 of 68) for the game after shooting 53 percent (16 of 30) the second half. The Pioneers made 8 of 15 3-pointers in the second half, which was good for 53 percent the last 20 minutes. Point Park had cold shooting from long range the first half and hit on only 3 of 13 treys by halftime.
WV Tech, members of the Mid-South Conference, shot 41 percent from the field, which included 47 percent the second half. The Golden Bears made 8 of 24 treys, which featured 6 of 14 the last 20 minutes.
WV Tech had 21 turnovers, and Point Park had 10 of its 16 turnovers the first half.
Point Park's lead grew to as many as 15 points, 60-45, with 10:48 to go. WV Tech made a run to cut the margin down to five points, 66-61 with 6:12 remaining after a pair of consecutive 3-pointers from Robinson and Clark.
But Point Park answered and quickly bumped the lead back to double digits, 74-63, with 4:14 left thanks to consecutive treys from Joel Cashatt and Sherwood. The Pioneers maintained at least an eight-point lead the rest of the way, with the biggest margin being 90-75 on Douse's dunk with 34 seconds on the clock.