Point Park men lose shootout at Indiana Kokomo, 116-106, in KIAC game
Nov. 23, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Gabe McNeal scored a career-high 38 points in the 116-106 loss at Indiana Kokomo. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
KOKOMO, Ind. -- The Point Park University men's basketball team shot 52 percent from the field, 52 percent from 3-point range and had seniors Gabe McNeal and Nick Brown go for 38 and 29 points, respectively, but lost a shootout at Indiana Kokomo, 116-106, in a KIAC game on Saturday.
McNeal, a senior guard from Richmond, Va., registered his career-high 38 points on 14 of 22 field goals, 3 of 6 from long range and 7 of 11 from the foul line.
McNeal's big scoring effort was seven off of tying the school, single-game record of 45 points shared by current assistant coach Gabe Bubon and also Kris Douse, but it could not keep the Pioneers (5-5, 1-1 KIAC) from dropping their second and final game of the weekend road trip. The Pioneers lost to Centre (Ky.), 80-76, on Friday night.
Brown, a senior forward from Bristolville, Ohio, had 10 rebounds to go with his 29 points, which came on 8 of 20 from the field, 4 of 7 from 3-point range and 9 of 11 from the foul line.
Even with senior point guard Robbie Heatherington chipping in 14 points and seven assists and Josh Pohlot scoring 10 points off the bench, it was not enough to keep up with Indiana Kokomo (1-6, 1-1 KIAC), which shot a very high percentage to get its first win of the year.
Indiana Kokomo shot 59.7 percent from the field and an amazing 61 percent (14 of 23) from 3-point range to shoot past the Pioneers. Point Park was also hot from the outside making 11 of 21 treys for 52 percent, but it could not make up the difference.
Alan Heter added eight points and nine rebounds for Point Park, and final starter Matt Noszka was injured in the first half and played only 16 minutes.
Indiana Kokomo had six players score in double figures led by Dylan Mosack, who had 21 points mainly on 11 of 15 from the foul line. Doing the most damage from 3-point range were Spencer Krhin with 18 points on 4 of 5 from deep and Jacob Houdeshell with 14 points and 4 of 6 from long distance.
With the offensive outburst of 116 points, Indiana Kokomo scored 53 points more than its season average of 63.0 points per game entering Saturday.
The Cougars jumped out to a 20-10 lead at the 12:40 mark of the first half. Although Point Park battled back to within 20-17 on Heter's jumper at the 11:15 mark, IU Kokomo then scored 18 points in a little under four minutes as part of an 18-2 run for a 38-19 lead with 7:22 left in the half. IUK went on to take a 57-36 lead at the half in front of its Homecoming crowd.
Point Park managed to get the deficit under 10 points, 64-55, when Pohlot hit a 3-pointer with 13:32 left. But IU Kokomo soon had the lead cranked back up to 17 points, 75-58, with 11:23 to go as Jared Lawrence hit a 3-pointer.
The Pioneers were still not out of it trailing, 92-82, with 5:29 to play, but they did not get many stops to slow down IU Kokomo and catch up.
Point Park will now be off for the next two weeks without games. The Pioneers next play Dec. 7 at home versus Alice Lloyd in a KIAC game. Point Park is now 1-1 KIAC and had beaten IU Kokomo, 69-65, at home Nov. 12.