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Free throws, turnovers plagued Point Park men in 97-89 loss at Buffalo State

Nov. 19, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Point Park University men’s basketball team struggled at the free throw line and committed 27 turnovers in a 97-89, non-conference loss at Buffalo State Friday night.


Point Park (2-2) made just 11 of 28 free throws and made nine more turnovers than Buffalo State (2-0), which provided the difference for a game in which the Pioneers had very strong performances elsewhere. 

Point Park dominated the rebounds, 61-42, shot a higher field goal percentage and placed five players in double figures. But Buffalo State, an NCAA Division III team, was able to build a double-digit lead midway through the second half and hang on for the win late.

Senior guard Jimmy Sherwood had a team-high 23 points for Point Park and also grabbed nine rebounds. Sophomore point guard T.J Heatherington added 18 points, seven assists and four steals.

Point Park’s Kris Douse, a 6-7 forward, tallied 13 points and a career-high 24 rebounds. Joel Cashatt, a 5-10 guard, also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Devon Alexander chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds as he and Cashatt combined to give Point Park a 25-8 advantage in bench points.

Douse’s 24 rebounds tied for the second most by a Point Park player in a single game. The all-time record is held by Kenny Walls, who had 27 rebounds Feb. 14, 1994 vs. La Roche. Dan Kelly also had 24 rebounds vs. King’s on Feb. 15, 1975.

Buffalo State guard Jake Simmons led all scorers with 29 points. He made five of his seven 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes, and his 19 first-half points gave the Bengals a 44-42 lead at the half.

Forward Justin Mitchell had 20 points for Buffalo State, and fellow inside player Glenroy Carr added 15 points and nine rebounds. Guard Chris Cartwright totaled 19 points and nine assists.

Point Park shot 46 percent (35 of 77) and Buffalo State shot 44 percent (36 of 81). Point Park shot 50 percent from the floor and made 5 of 10 3-pointers in the first half, but the Pioneers still found themselves trailing, 44-42, thanks to its 1 of 9 performance from the foul line and 14 turnovers the first 20 minutes.

Buffalo State built a 12-point lead, 70-58, by the 10-minute mark of the second half, but Point Park put together an 8-0 run to get within 83-81 with 3:14 left. Douse scored a key basket on the inside to cut the lead to 90-87 with 1:12 remaining, but Simmons got a big bucket on the other end as the Bengals led, 92-87 with 42 ticks to go.

A turnover and a couple of fouls allowed Buffalo State to pull away to a comfortable, 95-87 lead as time wore down.