Rager gets 300th career victory, Cashatt goes for triple-double vs. PSU-Fayette
Dec. 2, 2010
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. – Point Park University men’s basketball head coach Bob Rager earned his 300th career victory Thursday night, a 103-64, non-conference victory over visiting Penn State-Fayette at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
Rager, who is in his 22nd season as head coach at his alma mater, now has a career coaching record of 300-292, all of which has come at Point Park.
“I believed this as a player, and I still believe it as a coach,” said Rager. “Players win games. As a coach, it is my job to guide the players, but they are the reason you win. I’ve had a lot of faces help me get to 300, and that is what makes me proud. It’s really a credit to all the players who have come through the program the last 22 years and not to me.”
After reaching 300 wins, Rager has another milestone within reach. He needs just six more victories to become Point Park’s all-time leader in wins. His predecessor and former college coach Jerry Conboy won a school record 305 games in 20 seasons from 1969-89.
Point Park senior guard Joel Cashatt had the game of his career in support of Rager’s 300th win. The 5-10, 180-pound guard from Stockton, Calif., had a triple-double that included career highs of 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The triple-double is the first of Cashatt’s career.
Cashatt had six points, five assists and four rebounds at halftime, and he added to those totals in the second half to help Point Park build on its 44-28 lead after 20 minutes. Point Park outscored winless Penn State-Fayette (0-6), 59-36, in the second half.
Cashatt made 9 of 17 field goals and 4 of 11 3-pointers. In an all-around great floor game, Cashatt’s 10 assists were compared to just one turnover, and he also picked up four steals in his third-consecutive start.
Cashatt’s effort led a balanced scoring attacking in which six Point Park players reached double figures. Senior Josh Trocchio, a North Hills, Pa., native was next with 14 points highlighted by 4 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Freshman forward Josh Pohlot from Belle Vernon, Pa., put up a career-high 12 points to go with eight rebounds. Robbie Heatherington, a freshman from McKeesport, Pa., chipped in 10 more points off the bench.
Starters Jimmy Sherwood and Kris Douse totaled 10 points apiece. Point guard T.J. Heatherington added nine points, seven assists and four rebounds.
Point Park jumped out to an 11-4 lead the first five minutes only to have the Roaring Lions go on a 7-2 run to lead, 14-13, at the 12:42 mark of the first half. But that was the last lead for the visitors as Point Park pushed the lead to double-digits, 35-23, on Cashatt’s trey with 5:09 before the half.
The 16-point margin at halftime was the largest the first 20 minutes. Douse’s dunk early in the second half built a 20-point lead, 50-30, and Penn State-Fayette would get no closer than 14, 56-42, with 13:58 to go. Robbie Heatherington made six free throws in a row, aided by a technical foul, to produce a 39-point margin, 99-60, at the 1:19 mark.
Point Park held a 54-41 advantage in rebounds and forced 24 turnovers. The Pioneers shot 49 percent from the field, which got a boost from 55-percent shooting the second half. The Roaring Lions shot 31 percent overall after opening up with 24 percent in the first half.
Point guard James Pratt had 18 points for Penn State-Fayette.
Point Park has only one more game this semester, an AMC conference home game versus Houghton on Tuesday. Tip off at CCAC-South Gymnasium is 7:30 p.m.