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Sebastiani, Cashatt lead Pioneers to win over Rio Grande at Cedarville Tourney

Nov. 21, 2009

CEDARVILLE, Ohio - Guards Franco Sebastiani and Joel Cashatt displayed excellent all-around games in leading the Point Park University men's basketball team to an 84-68 victory over Rio Grande in the consolation game of the 32nd Annual Cedarville Invitational Saturday.

BOX SCORE AND PLAY-BY-PLAY

Sebastiani, a junior point guard from Greensburg had 15 of his 20 points in the first half to help Point Park (3-4) erase a 16-point first half deficit and forge a 34-34 tie at the break. Sebastiani wound up with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

JoelCashatt

Cashatt, a junior from Stockton, Calif., who is in his second year at Point Park, gave the Pioneers a big boost off the bench with career highs of 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Cashatt (pictured) had 13 points and nailed three of his four 3-pointers in the second half to help Point Park pull away.

Sebastiani started in place of freshman T.J. Heatherington (McKeesport/Serra Catholic), who missed his second game this week with a nagging ankle injury. Sebastiani and Cashatt eased the loss of Heatherington, however, by combining for 12 assists and just one turnover.

As a team, Point Park had 15 assists and a season-low five turnovers. The five turnovers were the lowest amount for the Pioneers in a game since committing seven in a win at Wilberforce last year.

Point Park had five players in double figures, including four starters. Josh Trocchio (North Hills/North Hills) continued his strong play with 18 points. The junior guard is averaging 18.5 points per game the last four games.

Trocchio was named to the all-tournament team after turning in two strong performances this weekend. He registered his second-career double-double Friday with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 72-62 loss to Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.).

Senior guard Marcus Robinson (Pittsburgh/Allderdice) chipped in 12 points, and sophomore forward Devon Alexander (McKeesport/McKeesport) added 10 points and six rebounds. The final starter, Dante Anglin (North Hills/North Hills) contributed four points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Rio Grande (3-4), a former American Mideast Conference rival, got off to an early lead and was up 20-4 after 6:31. Robinson scored Point Park's first points on a layup to knot the score at 2-2 early, but the Pioneers would miss their next 12 field goals in falling behind by 16.

A layup by Trocchio at the 13:19 mark ended the shooting slump and made the score 20-6. That bucket started an 18-3 run for the Pioneers as Point Park cut it to 23-22 five minutes later. Sebastiani and Cashatt capped off the run by each hitting a 3-pointer to draw the Pioneers within one.

Trailing 27-23, Point Park rattled off nine points in a row to take its biggest lead of the first half, 32-27. Sebastiani put in two layups during the spurt and fed Alexander for an inside basket to end the run.  

After the teams played to a 34-34 tie the first 20 minutes, Point Park used a 9-0 run early in the second half to stretch its lead to 10 points, 48-38, with 15:53 to play. Cashatt ignited the rally with a 3-pointer and after Rio Grande briefly got within seven points, he nailed another trey to re-establish the 10-point cushion, 53-43, with 14:42 to go.

Rio Grande worked Point Park's lead down to as little as three points, 59-56, midway through the second half, but was never able to take a lead. The Pioneers kept the Red Storm at bay with its efficient attack before wearing them done enough to pull away.

Guarding a four-point lead, Sebastiani hit a jumper and Anglin got a key tip-in to make it an eight-point game, 71-63, with 5:33 left. Two minutes later, Trocchio connected on a 3-pointer for an 11-point lead, 77-66, with 3:25 remaining. Rio Grande was forced to foul, and Point Park stretched the final margin to 16 points.

Point Park shot 41 percent (30 of 74) from the field and survived a 16-for-31 (52 percent) performance from the free-throw line. After shooting 35 percent the first half, the Pioneers were 46-percent from the floor after halftime.

The Pioneers held a 52-48 edge in rebounds and limited Rio Grande to 37-percent shooting. The Red Storm was 7 of 20 from 3-point range, including 3 of 12 in the second half.

Daniel Marti had 20 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Rio Grande, and teammate Bud Teer had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

After playing its first seven games on the road, Point Park has its home opener Tuesday. The Pioneers host Penn State-Fayette for a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m. Point Park beat the Lion, 82-69, Tuesday.