Point Park loses shootout at NCAA Division II #3 West Liberty, 141-105
Nov. 18, 2013 at 10:45 p.m. ET
Matt Noszka had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 5 of 10 from 3-point range at West Liberty. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. -- Point Park University lost a shootout at NCAA Division II No. 3 West Liberty (W.Va.), 141-105, in a non-conference men's basketball game on Monday night.
West Liberty (3-0) made 29 3-pointers on the night and shot its way to victory with 48-percent shooting from long range (29 for 61). The Hilltoppers, who are now 114-4 in the regular season since 2008-09, made six 3-pointers the first three and a half minutes and never looked back.
Point Park (4-3), which had its four-game win streak stopped with the annual road matchup, actually out-shot the high-scoring Hilltoppers from the field, 50 percent to 48 percent, but West Liberty made the difference from long range.
Point Park outscored West Liberty, 65-62, the second half, but too much damage had been done. Another big difference in the game was turnovers. The Hilltoppers' press forced 22 turnovers, and they turned them into a 45-11 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Pioneers eclipsed 100 points for the first time this year with Gabe McNeal and Matt Noszka scoring 29 apiece. McNeal added eight rebounds and 13 of 23 shooting. Noszka had 11 rebounds to register his fourth double-double in seven games and also made 5 of 10 from downtown.
Alan Heter notched his second double-double in a row with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Point Park. Robbie Heatherington and Nick Brown totaled 12 and 11 points, respectively, to put five Point Park starters in double figures.
West Liberty had the shooting display on from the beginning. The Hilltoppers made 14 treys the first half. West Liberty had 11 players see action. All of them scored, 10 them made a 3-pointer and all of them fired at least twice from long range.
Seven players scored in double digits for WLU with Devin Hoehn's team-high 24 points coming off the bench. He made 6 of 10 from the outside. Cedric Harris had 18 points, 10 assists and hit 4 of 5 from deep. Seger Bonifant's 16 points came on 4 of 5 from long range, and Keene Cockburn added 19 and a couple of treys.
Point Park plays again Tuesday night (Nov. 19) at home versus Penn State-Fayette. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at CCAC-South.
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