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Point Park offense stifled in loss at RWC, Pioneers held 27 below scoring average

Feb. 8, 2011

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Point Park University, the third-highest scoring team in all of NAIA Division II men’s basketball, was held to a season-low 53 points -- more than 27 below its average – in a 70-53 loss at Roberts Wesleyan Tuesday night. 

The Pioneers (11-10, 5-8 AMC) dropped the American Mideast Conference game to the Red Raiders (14-11, 8-6 AMC) due mainly to a Roberts Wesleyan defense that allowed 27-percent shooting, turned in 14 blocked shots and held a 66-44 advantage on the boards.

Point Park entered the game averaging 90.4 points per game, which was third in the country in the weekly statistics released by the NAIA on Monday. The Pioneers, which had a home loss to Roberts, 89-78, on Jan. 18, were down by 21 points at halftime, 44-23.

Roberts Wesleyan shot 41 percent and made five 3-pointers the first half to get out to the early lead. Although the Red Raiders shot just 28 percent the final 20 minutes to finish at 35 percent for the night, their defense carried them through.

Point Park managed two players in double figures as leading scorers Kris Douse and Jimmy Sherwood turned in 13 and 12 points, respectively. Point Park’s previous low for total points came in a 91-72 loss to NAIA DII #1 Walsh.

The Pioneers made just 19 of 70 field goals on the night, which included a 2-for-20 performance from long range. Point Park was 2 of 12 from outside the arc the first half and missed all eight of its treys after halftime. The Pioneers did not help themselves at the foul line in making just 13 of 29 free throws (49 percent).

Point Park led Roberts Wesleyan, 2-0, only to have Roberts reel off the next 16 points for a 16-2 lead after seven minutes. Point Park was able to get within 10 points, 24-14, with just under seven minutes left in the half, only to have Roberts increase the lead to 21 points by the halftime.

Dan Foley spurred Roberts to the 44-23 lead at the break by putting up 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists by halftime. Defensively, the Red Raiders had 11 blocked shots and held Point Park to 25-percent shooting the first half. Alif Bland, a 6-8 center had six of his seven blocks before the intermission.

Foley finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to fall just shy of a triple-double. Jordan Heath, a 6-10 forward, totaled 11 points and seven rebounds while point guard Rashaad Stokelin made 4 of 6 treys on his way to 14 points.

The Red Raiders’ lead grew to as much as 34 points, 67-33, with 5:58 left before Point Park ended the game on a 20-3 run to get the final margin to 17 points.

The loss extended Point Park’s season-long losing streak to four games. At 5-8 in the AMC, Point Park is 2.5 games out of the playoff picture with five games to go. Roberts Wesleyan (8-6 AMC) has won seven of eight conference games and is tied with Mt. Vernon Nazarene (8-6 AMC) for the fifth and final postseason spot in the league.

Mt. Vernon Nazarene got a 92-82 win at Notre Dame Tuesday night. Daemen was 8-6 AMC entering its Tuesday night game at NAIA Division II #1 Walsh, but lost that game, 99-85, to fall to 8-7 in the league.