Point Park men complete 2-0 weekend with 90-63 win over Maine-Fort Kent
Nov. 6, 2010
AMHERST, N.Y. – The Point Park University men’s basketball team had five players in double figures and beat Maine-Fort Kent, 90-63, Saturday on Day 2 at the Lord Amherst Classic hosted by Daemen College.
With the win, the Pioneers (2-0) completed a perfect opening weekend, which started with Friday’s upset of Siena Heights, the No. 25 team in NAIA Division II.
Dante Anglin, a junior forward from North Hills, Pa., scored a career-high 16 points and also grabbed nine rebounds to lead Point Park Saturday. The 6-5 forward made 8 of 12 field goals.
Jimmy Sherwood, a 6-2 guard who transferred from Duquense Univ., recorded the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Sharon, Mass., native made the all-tournament team after scoring 37 points and pulling down 20 rebounds in the two-day event.
Sophomore point guard T.J. Heatherington, a native of McKeesport, Pa., totaled 14 points and four assists on 6 of 12 shooting. Heatherington did all of his scoring in the first half, and Anglin had 10 points and seven rebounds by halftime.
Senior guard Joel Cashatt from Stockton, Calif., came off the bench for 12 points, and senior transfer Kris Douse, a 6-7 forward, registered 10 points and six rebounds.
Point Park took control of the game early and jumped out to a 25-15 lead. The Pioneers were on top, 41-29, at halftime, and they were ahead, 67-51, midway through the second half. Point Park opened up the lead to 20 points a few minutes later.
Maine-Fort Kent, a NAIA Division II school out of the Sunrise Conference, entered the weekend at 3-0, but the Bengals suffered a couple of lopsided losses to a pair of AMC team. Maine-Fort Kent, which was 21-9 last year and made it to the national tournament, lost to host Daemen, 88-44, on Friday.
Point Park held a decisive, 55-39 advantage on the boards Saturday. The Pioneers shot 45 percent (36 of 81) from the field, and held Maine-Fort Kent to 36 percent (24 of 66).
Both teams shot a low percentage from long range. Point Park made 5 of 25 attempts (20%) and Maine-Fort Kent shot 7 of 28 (25%) from beyond the arc
In the tournament’s final game, Daemen (2-0) defeated Siena Heights (0-2), 84-61.
Point Park does not play again for another 10 days. The Pioneers next play Nov. 16 at West Liberty, the No. 16 team in NCAA Division II. The Hilltoppers return four starters from last year’s team that won 29 games, averaged over 100 points per game and made it to the final 16 of the national tournament.
Regarding the victory over No. 25 Siena Heights, the last time Point Park had beaten a ranked team was on Feb. 24, 2007 when No. 3 Point Park defeated No. 13 Cedarville, 89-83, in the AMC Championship Game at CCAC-South Gymnasium. The Pioneers improved to 29-1 and earned an bid to the national tournament with the victory.