Point Park Pioneers (2-0) at #12 West Liberty Hilltoppers (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 16, 2010 at ARSC Arena, West Liberty, W.Va.
Point Park Radio Broadcast: Josh Frketic and Aaron Coony have the call on WPPJ-AM 670 and the MSA Sports Network. Tune if for the pregame show starting at 7:15 p.m.
Live Stats and Live Video: Click the links at the top of this page to access Live Stats and Live Video that are courtesy of West Liberty athletics. Both live feeds will be available at tipoff time.
The Matchup: Point Park (2-0) visits West Liberty (1-0) in what is a very challenging, early season matchup for the Pioneers. West Liberty enters the game ranked No. 12 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' NCAA Division II preseason poll. The Hilltoppers had a massive win in their season opener, a 106-point victory over visiting Lock Haven, 154-48, on Sunday. Point Park will be playing its first game in 10 days following a 2-0 weekend at the Daemen tournament Nov. 5-6. In that event, the Pioneers got their season off to a great start with an 81-70 victory over NAIA Division II No. 25 Siena Heights, and they followed that up with a rout of Maine-Fort Kent, a national tournament qualifier of a year ago, 90-63.
All-time series: Point Park is 15-15 all-time vs. West Liberty. The Hilltoppers are in their 84th year of basketball, and Point Park is in its 44th year of basketball.
On Point Park: The Pioneers return one full-time starter from last season's team that went 9-16 overall. But Point Park has reason to be optimistic that they can turn things around thanks to some returning veterans and some impact newcomers.
Point guard T.J. Heatherington (G, 5-10, So.) is the top returning scorer, as the all-conference selection led the Pioneers with 15.9 points and 5.9 assists per game last year. In two games thus far, the sophomore guard is averaging 18.0 ppg and 4.0 ppg.
Jimmy Sherwood (G, 6-2, Sr.) enters tonight's game as the top scorer and rebounder for the Pioneers as the senior transfer who spent three years at nearby Duquesne Univ. is averaging 18.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg. He was named to the all-tourney team at Daemen after scoring 25 points in the season opener followed by 12 points and 11 rebounds in game No. 2.
Kris Douse (F, 6-7, Sr.) is another impact transfer for the Pioneers, and transfer from Delaware St. Univ. is averaging 13.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg throught two games. The athletic big man opened the season with 16 points and 11 boards vs. No. 25 Siena Heights.
Dante Anglin (F, 6-5, Jr.) joins Douse in the starting frontcourt with averages of 9.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg. After battling foul trouble in the opener, he led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds vs. Maine-Fort Kent.
Point Park's three-guard starting lineup has included freshman Robbie Heatherington (G, 6-0 Fr.), the younger brother of T.J. Heatherington. Key players off the bench are Joel Cashatt (9.0 ppg), Devon Alexander (6.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Josh Pohlot (4.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Josh Trocchio (3.0 ppg).
Head coach Bob Rager is in his 22nd season as head coach at his alma mater. The former All-American at Point Park from 1970-74 is just three wins shy of 300 in his career with a mark of 295-289.
On West Liberty: The Hilltoppers return four starters from last year's team that was 29-3 overall and reached the round of 16 of the NCAA Division II national tournament. West Liberty won the WVIAC title with a 21-1 record. Overall, the Hilltoppers return seven of their 10 letter winners from 2009-10.
The top returning player is 6-0, senior guard Corey Pelle, an all-region player who led the team with 17.7 ppg last year. He was named first-team All-WVIAC last year and shot 51 percent from the field.
John Wolosinczuk (F, 6-8, Sr.) returns to the starting lineup after averaging 13.8 ppg and 7.6 rpg as a junior. Barry Shetzer (G, 6-4, Sr.) was a second-team, all-conference player last year with 14.9 ppg and 44% shooting from long range. The final returning starting is Jordan Fortney (G, 6-5, Sr.), who came in at 12.5 ppg and 43% shooting from beyond the arc in 2009-10.
Other top returning players are Alex Falk (G, 6-4, So.) at 5.7 ppg, Chris Morrow (F, 6-6, So.) at 4.2 ppg and Tim Hausfeld (G, 5-7, So.) at 4.1 ppg.
Top newcomers include guard Jordan Fee, a junior who played in 34 games at NCAA Division I Detroit last year. Freshman guard Shawn Dyer averaged 20.1 ppg as a two-time conference player of the year in high school.
Head coach Jim Crutchfield is in his seventh season with the Hilltoppers, and he has a record of 143-39 at the school. He has guided West Liberty to a 92-24 record in conference play.
POINT PARK (2-0)
T.J. Heatherington, G, 5-10, So.
Robbie Heatherington, G, 6-0, Fr.
Jimmy Sherwood, G, 6-2, Sr.
Kris Douse, F, 6-7, Sr.
Dante Anglin, F, 6-5, Jr.
Joel Cashatt, G, 5-10, Sr.
Devon Alexander, F, 6-5, Jr.
Josh Pohlot, F, 6-4, Fr.
Josh Trocchio, G, 6-3, Sr.
WEST LIBERTY (1-0)
Corey Pelle, G, 6-0, Sr.
Barry Shetzer, G, 6-4, Sr.
Jordan Fortney, G, 6-5, Sr.
Alex Falk, G, 6-4, So.
John Wolosinczuk, F, 6-8, Sr.
Chris Morrow, F, 6-6, So.
Tim Hausfeld, G, 5-7, So.