Roberts Wesleyan wins AMC North Division matchup with Point Park
Jan. 18, 2010
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - In a key AMC North Division matchup in the early part of the conference schedule, Roberts Wesleyan came away with an 85-69 victory over Point Park in a men's basketball game Monday night at CCAC South Gymnasium.
Both teams entered the American Mideast Conference game with identical 2-3 conference records, but it was Roberts Wesleyan (10-7 overall, 3-3 AMC) that nudged ahead of Point Park into third place in the AMC North Division standings.
Point Park (6-9), on the other hand dropped to 2-4 in the AMC and missed a chance to get to .500 in conference play.
Gerald Warrick (Penn Hills/Penn Hills) scored a career-high 23 points for the Pioneers, and T.J. Heatherington (McKeesport/Serra Catholic) was his only teammate in double figures with 10 points and six assists.
Warrick (pictured), a 6-7 center who transferred to Point Park this year, had by far his best game in a Pioneers' uniform. He had to sit out the first semester, and Monday was his fifth game suited up. Although Point Park trailed, 42-36, at halftime, Warrick had already established a season-high of 13 points.
Warrick added 10 points after halftime, but since Point Park limped to 15 of 44 shooting (34 percent) the second half, it wasn't enough to keep pace with Roberts Wesleyan.
The Red Raiders shot 61 percent (17 of 28) the last 20 minutes, and they came out of halftime on a 24-7 run for a 66-43 lead with 12:32 to go.
At 6-7, Warrick was able to be productive offensively, but the rest of Point Park's undersized lineup struggled to get good shots. Roberts Wesleyan blocked 10 shots with 6-8 center Alif Bland leading the way with four rejections.
The Red Raiders had six players in double figures including all five starters. Point guard Rashaad Stokelin had 17 points, five assists and five rebounds while teammate Dan Foley added 10 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
Warrick finished 11 of 18 from the field, and he also added seven rebounds and four steals. A bright spot for the Pioneers was Warrick's reverse dunk in the first half. On the play, Heatherington threw an alley-oop pass, and Warrick threw it down behind his head.
Warrick's previous career high of 22 points came as a freshman at Mercyhurst North East in 2005-06. He spent two years there before transferring to Edinboro for the 2007-08 season.
Things don't get any easier for the Pioneers as they continue their busy week Thursday by hosting Walsh (16-1, 6-0), the No. 2 team in NAIA Division II and the first-place team in the AMC South Division. On Saturday, Point Park welcomes Daemen (12-7, 4-2), a team that had been ranked in the top 25 for the first half of the season.
Fortunately for Point Park, both of those games are at home, and the Pioneers lost for the first time at home Monday. Point Park carries a 3-1 home record into Thursday's game.
Point Park still has 10 AMC games on its schedule, and six of those are at home. The top three teams from each division qualify for the postseason.
The game started 45 minutes later than scheduled because the women's game started an hour late. The referees for the women's game didn't show up, so the referees scheduled for the men's game were called into duty for the first game of the doubleheader. The crew of Jim Burns, Alan Thigpen and Mike Foote stayed on for double duty and worked the men's game, as well.