Point Park Men's Basketball at Berea (Ky.) and vs. St. Louis COP -- Jan. 11 & 13
Posted on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Jimmy Taylor and the Pioneers take a five-game win streak on their weekend trip. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Point Park University men's basketball team is on a weekend trip to Kentucky to play a couple of KIAC games versus Berea (Ky.) and St. Louis (Mo.) College of Pharmacy. Read below for Gameday Coverage and Gameday Information.
The Pioneers (10-6, 4-4 KIAC) will play at Berea (Ky.) (9-7, 1-0 KIAC) on Fri., Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. The trip concludes versus St. Louis College of Pharmacy (4-5, 0-0 KIAC) on Sun., Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at neutral site Midway (Ky.) College.
Gameday Coverage includes Live Audio from the Point Park student radio station WPPJ-AM 670 and the MSA Sports Network for both games. Listen Live on MSAsports.net. The game at Berea will have Live Video on iHigh.com courtesy of BC athletics.POINT PARK TEAM NOTES:
The Pioneers take a season-long five-game winning streak into the weekend road trip. At 10-6 overall and 4-4 in the KIAC, Point Park has regrouped after a five-game losing streak had it at 5-6 overall and 1-4 in the KIAC. The losing skid was built on the Pioneers starting the year 0-4 on the road, but they are now 3-4 on the road, including 2-2 in KIAC road games. Point Park is in fourth place in the KIAC standings and make a statement with a big weekend.
The Pioneers rank 2nd in NAIA Divison II in scoring at 92.4 ppg. Defensively, Point Park is 4th from the bottom in scoring defense at 87.4 ppg, although that average came down by 4.0 ppg with a 102-52 win over UMFK in their last game. Poitn Park is 6th in the nation in 3-point FGs made per game at 9.4.
Probable Staters: G T.J. Heatherington, Sr., 15.8 ppg, 4.8 apg; G Gabe McNeal, Jr., 14.6 ppg, 34 3-pt FGs; G Jimmy Taylor, Sr., 10.8 ppg, 31 3-pt FGs; F Matt Noszka, Fr., 13.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg; C Babatunde Somoye, Sr., 9.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg.
BEREA (KY.) TEAM NOTES:
The Mountaineers are a very solid team that is off to a 1-0 start in the KIAC and is 9-7 overall. Berea leads the KIAC in scoring defense at 69.0 ppg and is also second in field-goal percentage defense at .403. Not only is Berea stingy on defense, is also efficient offensively as its field-goal percentage of .459 is third in the conference. An unselfish Berea team leads the league in assists per game with 22.3.
The Mountaineers had lost five in a row to fall to 7-7 before winning its last two games vs. Kentucky Christian (97-69) on Jan. 5 and at KIAC opponent Alice Lloyd (72-69) on Jan. 8. Berea was picked to finished T4th of 9 schools in the KIAC Preseason Poll, three spots ahead of Point Park.
Berea has four players averaging double-figures including four starters. The Mountaineers start four sophomores and a freshman with the the freshman being leading scorer Seth Beckham. He made his debut Jan. 5 and has played two games on the year.
Probable Starters: G Seth Beckham, Fr., 15.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg; G Aaron Ponder, So., 12.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg; G Rashad Hayden, So., 8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg; F Tevin Webster, 12.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg; F Koty Riley, 12.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg.
ST. LOUIS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY TEAM NOTES:
The Eutetics are off to a 4-5 start and will open KIAC play versus Point Park on Sunday at neutral site Midway, Ky. (2 p.m. ET). St. Louis College of Pharmacy will play only eight KIAC games with one game versus each opponent as opposed to the home-and-home that the other KIAC schools play with each other. The Eutetcis were picked to finish last of nine team in the KIAC Preseason Poll. They were 9-14 overall and 0-7 KIAC last year. St. Louis COP is not eligible for hosting any playoff games and can only finish as high as 5th in the standing, as per KIAC rules.
St. Louis COP relies heavily on senior G Shawn Mennckowski, who averages 19.6 ppg. Other double-digit scorers are 6-4 center Gozie Uzendu at 14.6 ppg and 9.4 rpg and G Clayton Earnhart at 12.6 ppg. The Eutetics struggle offensively as they rank 8th of 9 teams in the KIAC in scoring at 69.9 ppg and last in field-goal percentage at .397. But they make up for it by leading the conference in field-goal percentage defense at .392. St. Louis is third in the KIAC in scoring defense at 72.8 ppg.
Probable Starters: G Shawn Menckowski, Sr., 19.6 ppg; G Clayton Earnhart, So., 14.8 ppg; G Jimmy Gherna, Jr., 5.8 ppg; C Gozie Uzendu, So., 14.8 ppg; C Dan Hemann, So., 6.3 ppg.