Point Park pulls out 101-98 win over Salem Int'l, extends win streak to five games
Nov. 22, 2011
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University needed to wait an extra hour to get the game started and then needed to pull it out at the end as the Pioneers rallied for a 101-98 victory over Salem International in a non-conference men's basketball game Tuesday at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
The Pioneers improved to 6-3 overall and won for the fifth time in a row after erasing a seven-point lead by Salem International (0-5) down the stretch.
Point Park's T.J. Heatherington, a 5-10 point guard from McKeesport, Pa., led all scorers with 30 points. Heatherington notched is fifth 30-point game in nine contests by going 21 of 24 from the foul line and 4 of 9 from the field. He is averaging 25.3 points and 8.0 assists per game.
The Pioneers won the game at the free-throw line as their 39-for-49 performance (79.5 percent) gave them a 28-point advantage at the charity stripe. Salem International went to the line only 16 times and made 11 shots.
Robbie Heatherington, a sophomore shooting guard and T.J.'s younger brother, totaled 23 points and six assists, and he hit a huge jumper late to give Point Park a 99-95 cushion with 36 seconds left.
Kam'mar LaBrew hit a 3-pointer on the Tigers next possession to cut it to 99-98 with 30 seconds left, but Robbie Heatherington calmly sank a pair of free throws to make it 101-98. At the other end, Salem missed a 3-pointer, and although it got the offensive rebound, a steal by Dante Anglin ended the game.
Anglin, a senior forward from North Hills, Pa., registered his fourth double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. He made 5 of 6 field goals.
Forward Devon Alexander, a senior from McKeesport, Pa., added 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting, and he made a big inside bucket to give the Pioneers a 97-95 edge with 1:30 to play. That basket, combined with Robbie Heatherington's clutch jumper and free throws were enough to provide the difference.
Jimmy Taylor had 14 points to give Point Park five players in double figures. He and Robbie Heatherington were a combined 5 for 20 (25 percent) from 3-point range as the Pioneers had a season-low 26-percent shooting (6 of 23) from outside the arc. But Point Park made up the difference at the foul line.
The game was delayed an hour to an 8 p.m. start time after Salem International mistakenly went to Point Park's Downtown Pittsburgh campus rather than the off-campus gymnasium.
When the game finally got started, Point Park had a sloppy start that saw them trail, 13-8, the first five minutes. The game was tied 10 times each half, and after a back-and-forth opening 20 minutes, the Pioneers eeked a 49-47 lead at the break.
Juanito Moises had 22 of 24 points in the first half for Salem. Ray'mar Porter poured in 20 points, and post player Walter Brock added 12 points.
Point Park struggled from the outside going just 1 of 10 from long range the second half but managed to stay connected with its ability to get to the line and make free throws. Salem committed 30 fouls compared to 13 for Point Park.
Salem worked its biggest lead of the game, 81-74, with nine minutes remaining. A 9-0 Point Park run gave the hosts an 83-81 lead with 6:43 to go. From there, the game became tied five more times and neither team led by more than three points until Heatherington's late jumper.
The Tigers got a big play from Brock when he made a 3-point play for a 93-90 lead with 3:15 to go. But Point Park put together a 9-2 stretch after that.
Point Park shot 48 percent, and Salem shot 51 percent. Point Park held a 38-37 edge in rebounds, and both teams committed 18 turnovers.
Point Park has little time before its next game as the Pioneers visit Ashland for a non-conference game Wednesday (Nov. 23) at 1 p.m.
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