Point Park coach Bob Rager ties school record with win #305, 91-81, at Wilberforce
Jan. 22, 2011
Photo by Chelsey Engel.
WILBERFORCE, Ohio – Point Park University men’s basketball head coach Bob Rager tied a school record with career win #305 as the Pioneers won at Wilberforce, 91-81, on Saturday. The 22nd-year coach shares the all-time lead with his predecessor, Jerry Conboy, who won 305 games from 1969-89.
Point Park (10-6) evened its American Mideast Conference record at 4-4 and halted a two-game losing streak in getting Rager win #305. The victory gave the Pioneers a season sweep of Wilberforce (3-15, 1-7 AMC) and allowed them to bounce back from Friday night’s 110-100 conference loss at Mt. Vernon Nazarene.
The Pioneers will look to make give Rager the all-time victory lead in Thursday’s AMC home game versus NAIA Division II #17 Malone (15-6, 8-1 AMC). Tipoff at CCAC-South Gymnasium is 8 p.m.
Point Park’s Kris Douse completed an outstanding week with yet another double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. In three games this week, the NAIA Division II rebounding leader averaged 32.7 points and 14.7 rebounds per game.
Douse, a 6-7, 230-pound transfer from Delaware State, tied the Point Park scoring record with 45 points Friday night. The Toronto, Ont., native had 24 points and 20 rebounds in Tuesday's loss and leads Point Park at 18.5 ppg and 13.4 rpg. He has 14 double-doubles in 16 games.
Robbie Heatherington, a freshman from McKeesport, totaled 19 points and seven assists while Josh Trocchio, from North Hills, Pa., contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and four 3-pointers.
Joel Cashatt, a senior from Stockton, Calif., had nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists to fall just shy of notching his second triple-double of the year. Final starter Dante Anglin, a junior forward from North Hills, Pa., came live for 11 points and eight rebounds.
Point Park looked to have Rager’s milestone win in hand with a 58-36 halftime lead, but Saturday’s game followed a similar script to the Pioneers’ 111-102 home win over Wilberforce Jan. 8. In the first meeting, Point Park led, 64-40, after 20 minutes only to have the Bulldogs get within a few possessions the last two minutes.
Although Point Park led 76-55 part way through the second half Saturday, Wilberforce made things interesting late by cutting the deficit to 81-72 after a 17-5 spurt. But the Bulldogs would get no closer as Point Park finished off the victory.
Point Park shot 43 percent from the field and fell just short of its 92.2 points per game average despite missing two of its top scorers, guards Jimmy Sherwood (16.8 ppg) and T.J. Heatherington (14.5 ppg).
Sherwood returned to the lineup Friday night after missing the previous two games, and he came out hot with 10 points the first half. But he finished with 12 points after being re-injured the second half. Heatherington has missed the last four games with a knee injury.
Point Park got out to its early lead thanks to an 11-0 run that put the Pioneers in front, 20-11. Trocchio hit a 3-pointer to cap off a 15-0 run as Point Park led, 42-23, late in the first half. Although Wilberforce scored the first 10 points after halftime to cut it to 58-46, Douse’s 3-point play and Trocchio’s trey regained control for Point Park, 64-46.
Wilberforce’s second-half uprising was led by leading scorer Chris Olayfioye, who ended up with 29 points. The lanky, 6-3 guard entered the game as one of the AMC’s top scorers at 22.2 ppg, and he had 33 points at Point Park.