Point Park men roll past Houghton behind Heatherington brothers, 91-70
Jan. 17, 2012
Robbie Heatherington had 19 points and buried 4 early treys in Tuesday's win. File photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- T.J. and Robbie Heatherington combined for 50 points and led an early barrage of 3-pointers to jump start Point Park University's 91-70 victory over visiting Houghton College in an American Mideast Conference men's basketball game Tuesday night at CCAC-South Gym.
T.J. Heatherington scored a game-high 31 points, his brother Robbie added 19 and the duo combined to make six 3-pointers in the first seven minutes to get Point Park (9-7, 2-2 AMC) out to a commanding, 24-6 lead. In that early spurt, Robbie Heatherington was 4 of 6 from downtown and T.J. Heatherington was 2 of 3.
Point Park led Houghton (7-9, 0-3 AMC) by 18 points on two occasions in the first half and was ahead, 46-33, at the break. The Highlanders briefly threatened when they got within 12, 51-39, early in the second half. But that was followed by a 13-1 run by Point Park that bumped the lead up to 24 points, 64-40, with 13:54 remaining.
Point Park was well in control from that point on and never let the lead dip below 17 points.
T.J. Heatherington did most of his damage at the foul line as he made 21 of 22 free throws on his way to 31 points and five assists. Robbie Heatherington's 19 points came on 7 of 14 from the field and 5 of 9 from 3-point range.
T.J. Heatherington added to his NAIA Division II-leading scoring average, which now stands at 26.7 ppg after Tuesday. As a team, Point Park's scoring average of 92.7 ppg is also tops in the nation.
Point Park's Eric Johnson added 13 points on 6 of 11 shooting off the bench. It was the second time in his four games back in action that he scored 13 points. Johnson, a 6-2 senior guard-forward from Uniontown, Pa., sat out the first semester. On the boards, Dante Anglin grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to helped Point Park hold a 40-30 in that area.
Houghton's Chris Confair, a 6-6 swingman who entered the game averaging 16.6 ppg, battled first-half foul trouble but finished with 20 points on 5 of 16 from the field. He was 10 of 10 from the foul line.
The Highlanders Michael Munoz leads NAIA DII in rebouding at 13.4 rpg to go along with 16.0 ppg. After spending the first seven minutes on the bench, he entered the game with Houghton down 24-6. He ended up with 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Point Park survived 20 turnovers, and Houghton had 22. Point Park shot 48 percent from the field and was 9 of 24 (38 percent) from long range. The Pioneers rank near the top of NAIA DII with just under 10 made 3-pointers per game.
The Pioneers held a big advantage in points from the free-throw line as they were 30 of 40 and Houghton was 16 of 19 from there.
The AMC win gets Point Park's record back to an even 2-2 in the league. The Pioneers have all eight of their remaining games in conference play, and it figures to be a wide open race. The six playoff-eligible teams will battle for four postseason spots.
The Pioneers visit Roberts Wesleyan on Saturday for an AMC game at 4 p.m.
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