Point Park knocks off #18 Malone, Rager breaks school record with 306th victory
Jan. 27, 2011
Point Park's 22nd-year coach Bob Rager passed Jerry Conboy for the school's all-time lead in wins.
Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – Point Park University men’s basketball head coach Bob Rager became the school’s all-time leader in career victories Thursday night as his Pioneers knocked off nationally ranked Malone, 90-80, in American Mideast Conference play at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
The record 306th victory for Rager at his alma mater gives the 22nd-year head coach one more than his predecessor, Jerry Conboy. Rager’s won-loss record now stands at 306-295 since taking over the Pioneers’ program in 1989.
Highlights of Coach Rager's record 306th win provided by student TV show Pioneer Sideline
Point Park (11-6, 5-4 AMC) improved its record versus the NAIA Division II Top 25 to 2-1 after topping NAIA Division II #18 Malone (15-8, 8-3 AMC). Point Park opened its season with a double-digit win over #25 Siena Heights and lost to Tuesday's opponent, #1 Walsh, Nov. 30.
Rager now has the third-most wins of any four-year college basketball coach in the City of Pittsburgh. The all-time leader in that category is Pitt coach Dr. H.C. ‘Doc’ Carlson, who had a record of 367-248 in 31 years from 1922-53. Next on the list is Duquesne’s Charles ‘Chick’ Davies, who compiled a mark of 314-106 in 21 years from 1925-43 and 1947-48. Conboy now stands fourth with a record of 305-241 in 20 years from 1969-89.
Point Park managed to stay in control for much of Thursday’s game as four starters turned in big performances. Leading the way was senior forward Kris Douse, who tallied 21 points and 18 rebounds. Douse converted 8 of 15 field goals, which included making his last six shot attempts, in registering his 15th double-double in 17 games.
Senior guard Jimmy Sherwood, whose 16.8 ppg were missing due to injury in three of the last four games, made his return with 21 points and eight rebounds on 6 of 11 from the field and 7 of 8 from the foul line.
Douse is a 6-7 transfer from Delaware State who leads the Pioneers at 18.7 ppg and leads the nation in rebounding at 13.6 rpg. Sherwood is a 6-2 senior averaging 17.1 ppg. He spent last year at NCAA DII power Arkansas Tech after being at DI Duquesne before that.
Josh Trocchio, a senior guard, ended up with 19 points and five 3-pointers, although he did much of his damage the first half. Trocchio had 14 of his 19 points and knocked down four treys the first 20 minutes to stake the Pioneers to a 45-34 lead at the break. The North Hills, Pa., native also added six rebounds and four assists.
Senior guard Joel Cashatt also turned in a strong first half as he scored 11 of 15 points and was 3 of 3 from long range before the break. Cashatt finished with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting, five assists and four rebounds.
Point Park shot 52 percent in each half to finish the night at 52 percent from the field (33 of 64). The Pioneers knocked down 10 of 26 3-pointers, which included 8 of 16 in the first half.
The Pioneers’ hot shooting got them out to leads of 19-8 at the 11:48 mark and 38-23 with 4:04 before the break. Point Park pushed the lead to 52-38 less than two minutes into the second half and maintained a double-digit lead until Malone cut the deficit to 60-52 with 12:07 to play.
The visiting Pioneers would get as close as five points, 66-61, with 7:19 remaining, but Point Park got the lead back to 10 points, 76-66, on a dunk by Douse at the 4:46 mark. That slam was the start of a streak in which Douse scored the Pioneers’ next seven points, and his layup made it 81-68 with 3:12 left.
Malone was undone by its 6-for-35 performance from 3-point range. Malone shot 36 percent from the field (29 of 80), led in rebounding 49-47 and had only eight turnovers. Point Park had 13 turnovers.
Malone’s leading scorer Eric Coblentz, who carried a 14.5 ppg average into Thursday, had a team-high 21 points on 9 of 18 from the field. Forward Cory Veldhuizen added a double-double of 14 points and 12 boards while Che Richardson totaled 11 points.
Point Park gets back into AMC action with a home date versus Notre Dame (OH) Saturday. Tipoff at CCAC-South Gymnasium is 3 p.m.