Point Park's second-half rally comes up short in playoff loss at Cedarville
Feb. 22, 2011
Pictured: Jimmy Sherwood in a Nov. 30 game against then-NAIA DII #1 Walsh. Photo by Chelsey Engel.
CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Jimmy Sherwood scored 32 points, and Kris Douse finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds, but it was not enough to complete Point Park University’s second-half comeback as the Pioneers lost at Cedarville University, 82-77, Tuesday night in the first round of the American Mideast Conference men’s basketball playoffs.
Sherwood was one off his career high and he scored 23 points the second half to try and rally Point Park (15-12), which fell behind by as many as 19 points in the first half.
Cedarville (19-11) was able to make just enough plays down the stretch to hold off the Pioneers and moves on to the AMC semifinals. The Yellow Jackets, the #2 seed, will host #3 seed Roberts Wesleyan Saturday.
Point Park shot just 37 percent from the floor, and was trailing 80-77 when it had a look at a game-tying 3-pointer. But the shot misfired with under 10 seconds to go. Cedarville got free for a breakaway layup by Daniel Kohavi at the other end to make the final score 82-77.
Brian Hecker, a sophomore forward, led Cedarville with 23 points and made several big plays in the game. Fellow post player Brian Grant added 13 points and eight rebounds. Those two post players made up for the difference left by leading scorer Matt Harner (18.9 ppg) who was held to six points on 1 of 11 field goals and 0 of 4 from long range.
Cedarville got out to a 12-2 lead the first three and a half minutes as Brian Hecker and Daniel Hickman each buried an early trey.
Cedarville maintained the 10-point lead at 28-18 by the eight minute mark, but Point Park scored the next five points to to cut the lead in half, 28-23, two minutes later. Sherwood’s backdoor layup and transition bucket highlighted the spurt.
Cedarville went on to lead by as many as 19, 46-27, after a 10-0 run that concluded with Brian Grant’s put-back with a minute before the half.
Cedarville shot 50 percent the first half and held the Pioneers to 31 percent (13 of 42). Point Park connected on just 2 of 10 treys. Douse had 11 points and nine rebounds by halftime, and his frontcourt counterpart for Cedarville, Grant, had 10 points at tHe break.
Cedarville forged a 58-42 advantage after Brian Hecker nailed a couple of 3-pointers early in the second half. But Point Park responded with a 12-0 run to cut the margin to 58-54 with 14:25 to go. The rally ended with a trey and a transition bucket by Sherwood followed by a 3-pointer from Cashatt.
Hecker converted a couple of 3-point plays inside to put the Yellow Jackets up, 71-61, with 8:11 to go. Cedarville was still up 74-64 a few moments later, but the Pioneers got within 78-70 at the five-minute mark.
Point Park then put together an 7-2 run with all the points coming from Sherwood. The senior who started his career at Duquesne scored twice in transition to get his team within 80-77 with a minute to go.
Point Park came up with a big stop at the other end via a shot-clock violation. That set up the potential game-tying three on the Pioneers’ final possession, but it was not to be.