Asbury pulls away from Point Park men with hot shooting, 86-68
Feb. 15, 2014
Sophomore forward T.J. Lanier scored a career-high 23 points in the loss at Asbury (Ky.). Photo by Sam Robinson.
WILMORE, Ky. -- Asbury (Ky.) University broke out of its shooting slump late in the first half and steadily pulled away from the Point Park University men's basketball team in an 86-68, KIAC home victory on Saturday (Feb. 15).
Point Park (10-15, 5-10 KIAC) was enjoying a lead of 27-20 with five minutes left in the first half. But Asbury (16-9, 9-6 KIAC), which started the game 2 for 16 from the 3-point range, got hot from the perimeter to turn the tide.
The Eagles made four straight 3-pointers late in the first half to turn the seven-point deficit into a five-point lead, 37-32, at the half. Austin Flannery, who scored a game-high 24 points for Asbury, made three of the treys during the late-half rally.
T.J. Lanier, who led Point Park with a career-high 23 points, hit a jumper to bring Point Park within 37-34 early in the second stanza, but Asbury stayed hot from the outside and gradually extended the lead to as many as 23 points.
Asbury kicked the lead to double digits at 49-39 with 16:30 remaining as Flannery and Kyle Lamb each hit a long-range jumper. The widest margin was 68-45 at the 9:57 mark.
Flannery led the charge from the outside going 5 for 12 from deep. Lamb made 4 of 7 treys on his way to 20 points, and Kyle Bair got in the act off the bench with 12 points on 2 of 3 from long range.
Asbury was a willing 3-point shooting team putting up 36 attempts from the outside. The Eagles ended up making 13 treys, and they were 11 for 20 the last 25 minutes of the game.
Senior guard Gabe McNeal, who had 15 points, hit a jumper for Point Park's biggest lead of 27-20 at the 5:20 mark of the first half. The Richmond, Va., native now has 978 career points with the Pioneers. With 22 more, he can join the short list of players who have scored 1,000 points in two years at Point Park.
Point Park senior forward Nick Brown collected a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. It was his 12th double-double of the year, which ties Asbury's C.J. Penny for the KIAC lead. Penny had 12 points and eight rebounds on Saturday.
Matt Noszka, who is third in the KIAC with 11 double-doubles, tallied 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Pioneers.
Point Park shot 36 percent from the floor and 7 for 22 (32 percent) from the outside. Lanier did most of the damage from the outside going 3 for 4 from their. The sophomore forward from Youngstown, Ohio, also added seven rebounds.
Asbury shot 44 percent for the game, and controlled the rebounds, 45-37. Each team had 10 turnovers.
Point Park has two more games left in the regular season. The Pioneers host Cincinnati Christian on Friday, Feb. 21 and host Indiana East on Saturday, Feb. 22 for Senior Day for a pair of KIAC games.
The Pioneers are currently in the eighth-and-final playoff spot in the KIAC at 5-10. They can clinch a playoff spot by winning both remaining games, but going 1-1 or 0-2 does not guarantee the postseason depending on what ninth-place Indiana Kokomo (4-11 KIAC) does in its final two games.