Douse ties school record with 45 points, but Pioneers lose at MVNU
Jan. 21, 2011
MT. VERNON, Ohio – Point Park University’s Kris Douse tied a school record with 45 points, but the Pioneers could not slow down Mt. Vernon Nazarene as the host Cougars came away with a 110-100 victory in AMC men’s basketball play Friday night.
Pictured: Point Park's Kris Douse in a game Nov. 30. Photo by Chelsey Engel.
Douse, a 6-7 senior forward who leads NAIA Division II in rebounding average, also had 12 rebounds for his 13th double-double in 15 games, but Mt. Vernon Nazarene (12-8, 5-3 AMC) improved to 8-1 at home thanks to shooting 69 percent from the field and 59 percent from 3-point range (12 of 22).
Point Park (9-6 overall, 3-4 AMC), which entered the game ranking third in the country at 92.2 ppg, shot 44 percent and had only eight turnovers, but it was not enough to keep up with Mt. Vernon Nazarene. The Cougars broke 100 points for the first time this year and got 25 points over their average. They missed tying a school record for field-goal percentage by .005.
Although Douse tied the school record for points shared by Gabe Bubon, Point Park head coach Bob Rager will have to wait to tie his predecessor Jerry Conboy for the school’s all-time lead in career wins. Rager stands at 304 wins in 22 years at his alma mater, which is one less than Conboy. The Pioneers visit Wilberforce (3-14, 1-6) Saturday at 2 p.m.
Leading six MVNU players in double figures was Ben Severns, whose 23 points were 16 above his average. Severns shot 8 of 9 from the field, which included 7 of 8 from long range. Guard Robbie Taylor was close behind with 20 points on 6 of 7 from the floor and 5 of 6 from beyond the arc.
After Douse’s 45 points, Josh Trocchio and Joel Cashatt each hit four 3-pointers on their way to scoring 14 points apiece. Jimmy Sherwood, who carried a 17.2 ppg average into Friday, added 12 points in his first game back after missing the last two to injury. The Pioneers were still without the services of starting point guard T.J. Heatherington, a 14.5 ppg scorer who has missed the last three contests with a knee injury.
Douse made 14 of 24 field goals and 17 of 20 free throws. He scored 33 points the second half, but it was not enough for Point Park to come back from a 52-45 halftime deficit.
With the 45-point effort, Douse matched Bubon, who is currently in his sixth season as assistant coach on the Point Park staff, as the only players in school history to score 45 points. Bubon accomplished the feat nearly 11 years ago on Feb. 11, 2000. Douse scored the most points in the AMC this year, and the most in the league in two years.
It is only the sixth time in school history that the 40-point mark was reached, and Douse joined a group of four other players who to accomplish the feat.
TOP SCORING PERFORMANCES, Point Park Men’s Basketball History
Pts Player Date
45 Gabe Bubon 2-11-00
45 Kris Douse 1-21-11
44 Bobby Franklin 2-2-77
44 Kenny Walls 2-14-94
44 Chivas Whipple 2-21-06
42 Bobby Franklin 1-25-76
A transfer from Delaware State, Douse is now leading Point Park at 17.8 ppg and 13.5 rpg. In what has been a monster week for the native of Toronto, Ont., Douse had 24 points and 20 rebounds versus Roberts Wesleyan Tuesday night.
Douse scored on the inside to pull Point Park within 61-55 early in the second half, but that’s when Mt. Vernon Nazarene began to take control. A couple of quick 3-pointers by Severns and Austin Semple bumped the lead to double digits, 67-55, and after two inside buckets by Douse, the Cougars rattled off a 13-4 run for an 80-63 edge with 11:47 to go.
The key run included a big 3-pointer by Severns,a putback by Taylor, and a transition bucket by Brandon Short, who had 18 points on 6 of 10 from the floor and 6 of 10 from the foul line.
Point Park got back within 10 points, 87-77, on a trey by Cashatt at the 8:22 mark, but a 3-pointer from Taylor got the lead back to 15 points, 92-77, a minute later. Point Park briefly cut the lead into single digits, 106-98, but that was with 48 second remaining.
With Point Park launching desperation 3-pointers in the closing seconds, Douse scored off an offensive rebound with 11 ticks remaining to put him in a tie for the school record.