Point Park routed by #17 IU Southeast, 108-75, in KIAC game
Dec. 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The rout was on from the start as NAIA Division II No. 17 Indiana University Southeast took it to Point Park University, 108-75, in a KIAC men's basketball on Saturday at CCAC-South Gym.
Point Park (5-6, 1-4 KIAC) had five players score in double figures, but its 32-percent shooting and 21 turnovers did not keep pace with IU Southeast (11-3, 2-0 KIAC) and its 50-percent shooting overall and 41-percent accuracy from long range.
IU Southeast got out to a 10-0 lead the first two minutes. Although Point Park got within a couple of possessions at 16-10 at the 15:10 mark, the game was soon out of reach as the Grenadiers built a 40-16 advantage with 8:42 left in the half. By that time, Point Park had made only 6 of 26 field goals for 23-percent accuracy.
IU Southeast was up by 25 points, 59-34, at halftime, and the difference was at least 30 points the final 16:14 of the game. The biggest lead for the Grenadiers was 100-60 with 5:34 left on Cameron Mitchell's 3-pointer. Mitchell had a game-high 25 points on 5 of 9 shooting from long range.
Forward Jake Simpson added 22 points on 9 of 16 from the field and 3 of 7 from outside the arc for IU Southeast.
Of Point Park's five players in double figures, four of them tied for the team scoring lead with 12 points each -- Matt Noszka, T.J. Heatherington, Gabe McNeal and Asa Braxton. Josh Pohlot added 11 points and seven rebounds on 5 of 6 shooting. Braxton nailed three straight 3-pointers late in the first half, but that did little more than cut the deficit to 20 points, 48-28.
Point Park did make nine 3-pointers, but those came in 33 attempts for 27-percent accuracy from long range. IU Southeast made 11 of 27 treys for 41 percent. Both teams had 55 rebounds and attempted more than 80 shots.
Point Park lost for the fifth time in a row following a 5-1 start to the season. Point Park will try to put an end to the losing streak on Sunday at home vs. Brescia (Ky.). Tip off at CCAC-South is 12 p.m.
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