Strong first half carriers Pioneers to rout of Miami (OH)-Hamilton
Nov. 14, 2009
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio - Point Park University led by 32 points at halftime on its way to a 102-64 victory Miami (OH)-Hamilton in a men's basketball game at the Notre Dame (OH) Tournament Saturday.
Point Park (1-1) shot 63 percent from the floor in the first half to build a 63-31 lead at the break. Miami-Hamilton (1-5), which dressed only eight players, was out rebounded, 59-36, and shot 35 percent for the game.
The Pioneers opened their season Friday with a 74-68 loss to Rochester (Mich.) in the opening game of the tournament. But Point Park, which returns just one starter and does not have a player on its roster who was with the team prior to last year, had a chance to work out the kinks versus an undermanned Miami-Hamilton team Saturday.
Only one Point Park starter played more than 20 minutes, and the Pioneers' bench scored 49 points. The Pioneers are in the middle of a busy weekend in which they are playing five-games in five days, and the balanced minutes will help them Sunday night in the first game of the Lake Erie Tournament.
Point Park plays St. Joseph (Ind.) in the opening rounding Sunday, and the second round is Monday. The Pioneers visit Penn State-Fayette Tuesday for a non-conference game.
Point Park's first-half lead was bolstered by a 23-0 run in which the Pioneers held Miami-Hamilton scoreless for 5:05.
Marcus Robinson (Pittsburgh/Allderdice), who played in his second game at Point Park since transferring from Clarion, scored a game-high 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting. The 6-3, senior guard (pictured above) had 14 points in the first half and played 19 minutes on the night.
Freshman point guard T.J. Heatherington (McKeesport/Serra) had 17 points and eight assists in his second career game. Heatherington, who had 13 points in the first half, scored 20 points in his collegiate debut Friday.
Junior guard Eric Johnson (Uniontown/Uniontown) chipped in 17 points off the bench after tallying 11 points the opening 20 minutes. Johnson transferred to Point Park last year from Westmoreland Co. CC, but had to sit out the first semester of his sophomore season while gaining eligibility.
Junior guard Joel Cashatt (Stockton, Calif./Jim Elliott Christian) totaled a career-high 14 points and six rebounds. Cashatt transferred to Point Park at the start of last year, but he missed the entire 2008-09 season with a knee injury. The native of California made 3 of 6 3-pointers.
Cashatt's 3-pointer capped off a 13-3 run that gave Point Park a 25-14 lead with 11:50 to go in the first half. Although Miami-Hamilton was within four, 27-23, Point Park outscored the Harriers, 34-8 over the final 10:03 of the first half.
Point Park's biggest lead of the first half was 32 points, 63-31. The Pioneers led by as many as 39, 100-61, with 2:34 left, and their lead never dipped below 29 points the second half.
Saturday's 38-point victory represented the largest margin of victory for Point Park since beating Penn State-Greater Allegheny by 54, 109-55, early last season. Point Park had a plus-25 rebounding edge over Roberts Wesleyan last year.