High-scoring Point Park races past WV Tech despite long layoff
Jan. 4, 2011
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. – Playing for the first time since Dec. 7, the Point Park University men’s basketball team picked up where it left off last semester as the Pioneers raced to a 110-99 victory at West Virginia Tech in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon.
Senior guard Jimmy Sherwood scored a career-high 33 points to lead six Point Park players in double figures. The Pioneers (7-3), who rank second in NAIA Division II in scoring and lead the nation in rebounding, led WV Tech (5-5) by as many as 19 points midway through the second half and set season highs for points and 3-point field goals made (16).
The Pioneers have won five of their last six games, and the only team to beat Point Park in that stretch was NAIA Division II #1 Walsh, which is sharing company with the Pioneers atop the national statistical rankings in scoring and rebounding.
In the national stats released this week, Point Park is averaging 51.0 rebounds per game, which is three better than second-place Walsh. The Cavaliers lead the nation in scoring, but second-place Point Park is the only other team averaging more than 90 points per game at 92.3.
Sherwood, a transfer from Duquesne and NCAA DII power Arkansas Tech, led the attack from the perimeter Tuesday by making 6 of 12 3-pointers and shooting 10 of 19 overall. The 6-2 guard from Sharon, Mass., bested his previous career high of 25 points by draining 23 points the second half. With his 33 points, Sherwood bumped his season average to a team-high 17.9 ppg.
WV Tech entered the game as one of the highest-scoring teams in NAIA Division I at 93.7 ppg. In a very high scoring second half, Point Park outscored the Golden Bears, 68-61, the last 20 minutes.
Pioneers’ point guard T.J. Heatherington, a sophomore from McKeesport, Pa., tallied 20 points and nine assists. Fellow guard Joel Cashatt, a senior from Stockton, Calif., totaled 14 points and seven assists to reach his scoring average since he earned a started nod five games ago.
Point Park’s Kris Douse, the leading individual rebounder in the nation, grabbed 21 rebounds to go with 12 points. It was the eighth double-double in 10 games for the 6-7 transfer from NCAA DI Delaware State, who is averaging 14.3 ppg and 12.9 rpg.
Senior guard Josh Trocchio, from North Hills, Pa., and junior forward Devon Alexander, from McKeesport, Pa., each chipped in 13 points off the bench to give the Pioneers six players in double figures.
Point Park was 16-34 from 3-point range (47%), including 9 of 17 the second half (53%). The Pioneers got six treys from Sherwood, four from Cashatt, three from Trocchio, two from Heatherington and even Douse hit his first 3-pointer of the year.
Donald Robinson scored a team-high 25 points for WV Tech, and 6-8 post player Josh Procter had 21 points and 15 rebounds. The Golden Bears held a 51-41 edge on the boards, which included 20 rebounds on the offensive end. The Pioneers defeated WV Tech for the second time this year. Point Park won at home, 91-79, Nov. 27.
Point Park ran out to a 19-8 lead after eight minutes and was ahead, 28-16, with 8:57 left in the first half. WV Tech mounted a 10-3 run to cut the margin to 40-38 at the 1:30 mark, and the score was 42-38 at the break.
The Pioneers were ahead by seven, 53-46, with 16:38 to go, and that’s when Sherwood took control. Sherwood scored Point Park’s next 11 points – on three treys and a pair of free throws – for a 64-52 edge with 13:58 to play.
Over the next five minutes, the Pioneers steadily bumped the lead up to 19 points, 88-69, at the 7:45 mark. WV Tech did not cut the lead into single digits until the final minutes.
Point Park visits Keuka (N.Y.) for a non-conference game Thursday at 4 p.m. The original start time was 7 p.m., but the tipoff was moved ahead three hours due to snowy weather forecasted in the Upstate New York area near Keuka Park, N.Y.