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M. Basketball Game Recap

Point Park men fall victim to hot-shooting IU East in second half, lose 112-94

Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET

T.J. Heatherington tied for game-high with 27 points vs. IU East. Photo by Evan Skowvron.


WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University went cold in the second half, and that coincided with IU East continuing its hot shooting as the Pioneers fell, 112-94, in a KIAC men's basketball home game on Tuesday night at CCAC-South.

Point Park (11-8, 5-6 KIAC) trailed at the half, 55-50, as the opening 20 minutes had big offensive exploits for both teams. IU East (14-7, 4-2 KIAC), which shot 59 percent the first half, continued that effort with 60-percent accuracy after halftime. Conversely, Point Park shot just 38 percent from the field the final 20 minutes as the five-point halftime deficit soon became double digits.

IU East opened the second half on an 11-2 run for 66-52 lead with 16:25 left. Point Park didn't get a second-half field goal until the half was more than five minutes old, and by then, the Red Wolves were on their way to pushing the lead above 20 points.

The largest lead of 28 points, 104-76, came with still 6:06 left before IU East went to its bench. The Red Wolves, who have been receiving votes nationally in the NAIA DII Top 25 Poll for much of the year, had three starters score more than 20 points. Guard Marcus Isaac had 27 points on 11 of 16 from the field and 4-6 from deep.

Guard/forward Huston Clark had 21 points for IU East, and guard Tyler Fangman added 20 for the Red Wolves, who entered the game ranking 8th in NAIA Division II in scoring at 85.7 ppg.

Point Park ended up with its scoring average of 94.2 ppg, which is second in the country, but the Pioneers were out-shined by the Red Wolves. T.J. Heatherington had 18 of his 27 points the first half but battled foul trouble the second half before fouling out late.

Gabe McNeal added 21 points and eight rebounds as he and Matt Noszka each made three treys. Noszka had 13 points while Jimmy Taylor and Asa Braxton had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Point Park shot 43 percent for the game, which was brought down by missing 25 3-pointers. The Pioneers made 11 of 36 from long range for 31 percent. IU East controlled the rebounds, 45-34, and shot 59 percent from the field and 46 percent from outside the arc (10 for 22).

Point Park is off until Feb. 1-2 when it visits Cincinnati Christian (Feb. 1) and IU East (Feb. 2). Tuesday's game versus IU East was the only game in a current span of 18 days for the Pioneers.

The Point Park-IU East game was the debut broadcast of the Point Park Sports Network on the iHigh.com Network, the Live Video streaming network for Pioneers athletics. Live Video of the game aired live and is also available for on-demand viewing at www.iHigh.com/PointParkSportsNetwork. All remaining home games will be broadcast at that link.

The Point Park Sports Network broadcasts on iHigh.com include the audio feed from the WPPJ-AM 670 and MSA Sports Network broadcasts.

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