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Point Park men lose at Cedarville, 100-87, fall to 5-7 in the conference

Feb. 3, 2011

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Jimmy Sherwood had 25 points and made 4 of 5 treys for Point Park. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.

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CEDARVILLE, Ohio – The Point Park University men’s basketball team had its record dip to 11-9 overall and 5-7 in the American Mideast Conference with Thursday night’s 100-87 loss at Cedarville University.

Jimmy Sherwood poured in 25 points and teammate Kris Douse added 24 and 14 rebounds, but it was not enough to prevent Point Park from absorbing its third consecutive loss. The Pioneers, who are 0-6 all-time at Cedarville, are one game out the AMC playoff picture with six games remaining.

Cedarville (13-10, 8-4 AMC) won its third AMC game in a row spurred on by the unlikely play of 6-7 sophomore Caleb Maxell, who finished with 25 points on 9 of 11 shooting and 13 rebounds. Maxwell entered the game with 22 total points to his credit on the year, but he was too much for Point Park to handle down low.

Perimeter players Matt Harner and Austin Foote scored 26 and 21 points, respectively, for Cedarville. Harner knocked down five treys and Foote had four from outside the arc. Freshman reserve forward Josh Pohlot, a native of Belle Vernon, Pa., had a career-high 14 points to give Point Park three players in double figures.

Cedarville reached 100 points for the first time this season and avenged a 99-93, overtime loss at Point Park Jan. 15. The Yellow Jackets have had no trouble with Point Park on their home floor, but they are 2-6 at Point Park.

Point Park made a 9-0 run to end the first half and took 41-37 lead at the break. The Pioneers were ahead, 49-43, early in the second half, but Cedarville put together a 22-8 run over several minutes to a build 65-57 lead with 9:00 to go. Later, Maxwell put back a missed shot to give the Yellow Jackets a 72-60 advantage at the 7:15 mark.

Cedarville went on to take a 79-67 lead before Sherwood cut the deficit into single digits by scoring the Pioneers’ next 10 points. That stretch started with Sherwood’s second four-point play of the night and also included a couple of free throws and a pair of layups. The 6-2 senior guard from Sharon, Mass., got free for an uncontested lay-in at 3:30 to trim the margin to 82-77.

But Cedarville was able to control possession over the next two minutes, and Maxwell’s offensive rebound and ensuing layup but the Yellow Jackets up, 89-79, with 1:20 remaining. Point Park would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Point Park shot 41 percent from the field and was 10 of 27 from 3-point range. Point Park missed 10 free throws and was 17 of 27 from the foul line. Cedarville, on the other hand, made 27 free throws in 34 attempts for 79 percent. The Yellow Jackets shot 43 percent from the floor. Maxwell’s 14 boards led a substantial lead on the glass for Cedarville, 53-40.

At 5-7 in the AMC, Point Park is one game behind Roberts Wesleyan (6-6 AMC) and Mt. Vernon Nazarene (6-6 AMC) for the final playoff spot. The Pioneers’ next game is Tuesday at Roberts Wesleyan, which won at Point Park, 89-78, on Jan. 18. The Red Raiders have won five of six conference games following a 1-5 conference start in which they had three starters miss time due to injury.