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Pioneers lose to St. Joseph's (Ind.) despite Sebastiani's 33 points

Nov. 15, 2009

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Despite a career-high 33 points by Franco Sebastiani, the Point Park University men's basketball team lost to St. Joseph's (Ind.), 125-98, Sunday night in the first round of the Lake Erie Tournament.


Point Park (1-2) trailed 57-47 at halftime, and St. Joseph's (1-0) outscored the Pioneers, 68-51, the final 20 minutes.

The Pioneers played their third game in as many nights Sunday, and they will meet Ohio Valley in the consolation game Monday at 4 p.m. Tournament host Lake Erie outlasted Ohio Valley, 86-84, in triple overtime Sunday.


Point Park played two games at the Notre Dame (OH) Tournament Friday and Saturday, and will finish up a stretch of playing five road games in five days Tuesday at Penn State-Fayette.

Sebastiani (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic), a junior guard who transferred to Point Park from Rochester (N.Y.) last year, scored 23 of his 33 points in the second half. Sebastiani (pictured) made 10 of 15 field goals and was 3-for-4 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Sebastiani came off the bench to play the final 35 minutes of the game after starting point guard T.J. Heatherington (McKeesport/Serra Catholic) left the game after five minutes with an ankle injury.

Sebastiani's previous career high of 14 points came in last year's season finale versus Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Point Park sophomore forward Devon Alexander (McKeesport/McKeesport) scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. The 6-5 forward was 7 of 9 from the field and 7 of 11 from the free-throw line.

The Pioneers fell behind by 10 at the break after committing 14 turnovers in the first half. St. Joseph's, an NCAA Division II team that beat Point Park, 84-67, in the same event last year, scored 19 points off of turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

Point Park senior guard Marcus Robinson (Pittsburgh/Allderdice) reached double figures for the third straight night with 13 points and eight rebounds. The transfer from Clarion scored 10 points in the first half.

Eric Johnson (Uniontown/Uniontown) scored 13 points off the bench to give the Pioneers four players in double figures.

Phillip Collins and Dayvon Sloan sparked St. Joseph's by coming off the bench to score 23 and 19 points, respectively. St. Joseph's had 77 bench points on the night.

Collins' 23 points came on 9 of 12 shooting and a 3-for-4 performance from 3-point range. Sloan was 7 of 9 from the field and 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.

St. Joseph's was 10-for-22 (46 percent) from 3-point range and made five treys in each half. Overall, the Pumas shot 57 percent (47 of 82) from the field, including 59 percent (25 of 42) in the second half.

Point Park shot 50 percent (33 of 66) from the field, but struggled from 3-point range and the foul line. Point Park shot 28 percent (4 of 14) from long range and missed 18 free throws in a 28-for-46 performance (61 percent) from the charity stripe.

St. Joseph's took a 25-14 lead with 14:54 left in the first half on a 3-pointer by Sloan. Austin Peebles scored 17 points for the Pumas, and he gave his team its biggest lead of the first half, 41-26, with a layup at the 6:38 mark.

Point Park got within eight points twice before halftime. A layup by Dante Anglin (North Hills/North Hills) cut St. Joseph's lead to 51-43. The Pumas went on to take a 57-47 lead at halftime.

Holding a 67-57 lead with 16:00 minutes to play, the Pumas stretched their lead to 20 points with a 12-2 run. Point Park got within 15, 81-66, with 11:36 left on a 3-pointer by Sebastiani, but the Pioneers would get no closer the rest of the way.

The Pumas led 98-72 after a 9-0 run and led by as many as 29 with 32 seconds left.

St. Joseph's came within two points of tying the record for most points scored by a Point Park opponent. Youngstown State beat Point Park 127-65 on Feb. 28, 1990 to establish the most points given up by the Pioneers in a single game.

The last time Point Park scored as many as 98 points in a loss was in a 104-101 defeat to Wilberforce during the 2007-08 season.