Point Park men lose AMC home game to Daemen, 82-78, drop to 9-9 overall
Jan. 28, 2012
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Daemen College came back from an 11-point, second-half deficit and made more clutch plays in the final minutes to come away with an 82-78 victory at Point Park University in American Mideast Conference play Saturday night.
Point Park (9-9, 2-4 AMC) took a 41-36 lead at halftime and still led first-place Daemen (15-9, 7-1 AMC) by 11 points, 54-43, with 12:44 to go.
But the visiting Wildcats shot 55 percent the second half and 52 percent for the game to take the victory away from the less-efficient Pioneers.
Point Park shot 38 percent for the night and 33 percent (15 of 46) the final 20 minutes. The Pioneers made just 5 of 27 (19 percent) from beyond the arc including 1 of 13 the second half.
Daemen clawed back to knot things up at 63-63 with 6:30 play, and the game was still tied, 71-71, with 3:40 on the clock.
Point Park's Eric Johnson, who had a season-high 17 points off the bench, made a big layup to give the Pioneers a slight edge, 73-71 with 2:58 remaining. But then Daemen's Dom Mazzocchi made three clutch plays on offense to put Daemen ahead for good.
Mazzocchi, who finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, made a 3-pointer and a layup to build a 76-73 lead with 1:13 left. And although Point Park stayed within three points after Robbie Heatherington's jumper made it 78-75 with 44 seconds left, Daemen perfectly executed a full-court press-breaker that resulted in a Mazzocchi transition layup and an 80-75 edge.
Point Park misfired on a few 3-point attempts in the final 30 seconds while trailing by two possessions.
Point Park's Johnson, a 6-2 guard/forward from Uniontown, Pa., finished with 17 points and eight rebounds on 8 of 11 from the field. Robbie Heatherington ended up with 16 points and five assists.
The Pioneers had four players in double figures rounded out by 13 points and seven rebounds from Devon Alexander and 14 points, five boards and four assists from T.J. Heatherington. Forward Dante Anglin had a team-high 12 rebounds.
Daemen had four players reach double figures as well. Besides Mazzocchi's 18, forward Jim Regan had 19 points and eight rebounds, Kadeem Johnson totaled 12 and veteran Devon Dawson added 13 off the bench.
Things stayed relatively close in the early going. The biggest lead for either team the first half came when Daemen's Regan made a 3-pointer to put the Wildcats ahead, 19-13, with 11:42 before the break.
But Point Park put together a quick, 13-6 run over the next three minutes to go back in front, 26-25, at the 8:24 mark. Point Park eventually took a 41-36 lead the half.
The Pioneers stayed in front by two or three possessions the first eight minutes of the second half, culminating with their 54-43 lead with 12:44 to. Over the next few minutes, Daemen got back into the game, and that coincided with Point Park getting into some foul trouble.
Starters Anglin and T.J. Heatherington each had four fouls by the midway point of the second half, and that's when Daemen began to make its move.
Point Park gets back into AMC action with Tuesday's road trip to Wilberforce (7:30 p.m.). It is the first of three straight road games for the Pioneers, who visitng Houghton on Feb. 4 and Walsh on Feb. 7.
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