Nov. 18, 2011
"Coach Davies was a legend," said Rager, who passed Conboy last year to become Point Park's all-time wins leader. "Growing up in the Steel Valley (Davies coached at Homestead). Coach Davies' name was always referenced as one of the all-time great coaches. He actually recruited my Uncle Charlie.
It's a great privilege to have my name mentioned with Coach Davies and Pitt's Doc Carlson. If I'm fortunate enough to break his record I will consider it a tremendous honor."
The Pioneers (4-3) had beaten Penn State-Fayette, 119-58, in its home opener Wednesday and drew the Roaring Lions (0-3) again Friday at the tournament first round.
Point Park advances to Saturday's championship game, which will be at 8 p.m. The Pioneers will face the winner of host Allegheny and Pitt-Bradford.
If Point Park faces Allegheny on Saturday, then the game will have live video online courtesy of Gators athletics. Fans can view the free, internet video at www.gatorstv.com.
T.J. Heatherington, a 5-10 junior point guard from McKeesport, Pa., and Serra Catholic High School, had 30 points and nine assists for Point Park Friday. He made 13 of 23 field goals and also had five rebounds.
Asa Braxton got his first-career double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Jimmy Taylor poured in 19 points on the strength of a 5-for-7 performance from outside the 3-point arc. Robbie Heatherington chipped in 12 points and four assists, and Devon Alexander added nine points and seven rebounds.
The Pioneers were ahead early, 8-2, but Penn State-Fayette put together a rally to lead, 18-17, with 11:27 left in the first half. Giving up the lead sparked Point Park to go on a 33-10 run the remainder of the first half as the Pioneers were up, 50-28, at the break.
Point Park drained seven 3-pointers during the 33-10 spurt. Taylor knocked down three of them, Robbie Heatherington two and T.J. Heatherington and Josh Pohlot made one apiece, the latter of which nailed his just before the half.
Point Park got the lead to 30 points early in the second period, and it reached 40, 83-43, with 7:42 remaining. The biggest lead was 52 in the closing minutes.
Point Park shot 55 percent from the field and 56 percent (14 of 25) from long range. The Pioneers held the Roaring Lions to 35-percent shooting overall and 12 percent (3 of 26) from 3-point distance.
To learn of Point Park's championship game opponent as well as the possibility of live video online, visit the Pioneers' athletic website on Saturday.
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