Pioneers lose in game of runs to open Cedarville Tournament
Nov. 20, 2009
CEDARVILLE, Ohio - In a men's basketball game that featured big runs for both teams, Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) came away with a 72-62 victory over Point Park in the first round of the Cedarville (OH) Tournament Friday.
Point Park (2-4) came storming back from a 19-point, second-half deficit to lead 59-56 with 5:51 to go. But Trevecca Nazarene (5-0) ended the game on a 16-2 run on its way to a 10-point win.
Both teams will continue tournament play Saturday with second-round action. Point Park will play Rio Grande in the consolation game at 5 p.m. while Trevecca Nazarene will face host Cedarville in the championship game at 7 p.m. Cedarville beat Rio Grande, 96-72, in the first round Friday.
Both teams enjoyed stretches of hot shooting, and both teams endured long droughts in what was a game of runs.
Point Park trailed 8-0 after 1:22 and was down 15-2 at the 15:40 mark. The Trojans bumped their lead to 19-10 and then made their biggest surge of the game - a 19-0 run - that gave them a 38-10 lead with 10:25 left in the first half.
Trevecca Nazarene's big run last just 3:18 and included five 3-pointers. Jeremy Dixon and Peyton Henry hit two treys apiece during the run, and the Trojans were 6 of 11 (55 percent) from beyond the arc the first half.
During the Trojans' run, Point Park was 0-for-8 from the field. The Pioneers shot 24 percent (8 of 34) from the field the first 20 minutes. Point Park trailed 15-9 with 14:45 to go, but didn't make another field goal for 7:19. A 3-pointer by Josh Trocchio (North Hills/North Hills) ended the drought and made the score 38-14.
Point Park managed to get within 40-23 at halftime thanks to its 13-2 run to end the half. The Pioneers scored the final nine points of the half after holding Trevecca scoreless the final 7:03. The Trojans missed their last nine field goals after starting the game 14 of 23 (61 percent) from the field.
Trocchio had 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to register the second double-double of his career. The junior guard had five 3-pointers and was 6 of 12 from the floor.
Eric Johnson (Uniontown/Uniontown) once again sparked Point Park off the bench with a game-high 21 points to go along with nine rebounds. The junior guard (pictured left), who like Trocchio is in his second year in the program, scored 16 points after halftime. Johnson's 21 points set a career high.
In addition to the cold shooting, the Pioneers made 11 of their 13 turnovers in the first half. But after regrouping at halftime, Point Park was able to turn it around the final 15 minutes.
Still trailing 48-30 with 14:41 to go, Point Park mounted a 29-8 spurt over the next 8:50.
The long spurt started with an 8-2 run that cut the lead to 50-38. Trocchio and Joel Cashatt (Stockton, Calif./Jim Elliott Christian) each hit a 3-pointer to get the rally going. Cashatt had nine points and six assists off the bench and hit three treys.
Down 54-42, Point Park scored the next 14 points for its first lead, 56-54. The 14-0 run included 3-pointers by Trocchio and Cashatt and three inside buckets by Johnson.
Point Park took its first lead on Johnson's layup, and Trocchio capped off the run with a trey to make it 59-56 with 5:51 to play. But from there, Point Park would score just three more points and make only 1 of 7 field goals down the stretch.
Although Trevecca Nazarene had not made field goal for 5:40, Keith Morris hit a jumper to pull the Trojans within 59-58 with 5:33 to play. On Trevecca's next possession, Matthew Elliott connected on a jumper to give the Trojans the lead for good, 60-59.
The Trojans built a 66-60 lead before putting the game away at the foul line. Trevecca Nazarene made 15 of 17 (88 percent) of its free throws on the night and was 6-for-6 the final minute to stretch the final margin to 72-62.
After shooting 24 percent the first half, Point Park rebounded to shoot 46 percent the second half. The Pioneers wound up shooting 34 percent (23 of 67) overall and couldn't overcome their last drought.
Point Park was 8 of 23 from 3-point range and 8 of 18 (45 percent) from the foul line. The Trojans shot 41 percent (24 of 59) from the field and held a 45-43 rebounding edge.
Michael France had a team-high 19 points to lead three players in double figures for Trevecca Nazarene.
Through six games, Trocchio is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. The junior transfer from La Roche has 20 treys among his 28 field goals.
Johnson, who has come off the bench in every game, scored in double figures for the fifth straight time. His previous career highs of 18 points and nine rebounds came in a win over Penn State-Fayette Tuesday
Point Park freshman point guard T.J. Heatherington (McKeesport/Serra Catholic) re-injured his ankle in the first half and did not return. The two-time all-state selection out of Serra Catholic was injured Sunday, missed Monday's game and played only 15 minutes Friday.
Pictured above: Eric Johnson shoots a jumper vs. Roberts Wesleyan last year.