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Point Park falls behind early in AMC loss at Daemen, Warrick posts 22 and 11

Feb. 18, 2010

AMHERST, N.Y. – The Point Park University men’s basketball team fell behind by 19 points at halftime and could not recover in a 99-86 American Mideast Conference loss at Daemen Thursday night. 

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BOX SCORE AND PLAY BY PLAY

Point Park (9-15, 5-10 AMC) fell behind by 19 points, 46-27, at the half and could not cut into the Daemen lead until the final few minutes despite scoring 59 points the last 20 minutes.

Daemen improved to 16-12 overall and 8-7 in the AMC, and the Wildcats still have a chance to qualify for the conference tournament going into the final weekend of the regular season.  

Point Park center Gerald Warrick (Penn Hills/Penn Hills) continued his impressive play Thursday. The 6-7 senior (pictured) who transferred from Edinboro posted 22 points and 11 rebounds to notch is ninth double-double in his last 11 games. Warrick was 10 of 16 from the floor, and he has recorded five double-doubles in a row.

Warrick has played in 14 games since making his debut at the start of the second semester, and he has averages of 15.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Warrick, who had 16 points in the second half, is tied for the AMC lead in rebounds per game and is one of four players averaging a double-double.

Joining Warrick in leading Point Park’s comeback bid in the second half was junior guard Franco Sebastiani (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic), who scored 18 points for the second game in a row.

Sebastiani tallied 12 points after halftime, and the junior who transferred last year from Rochester (N.Y.) is averaging 13.5 points his last four games. Sebastiani was 8 of 14 from the floor.

Junior guard/forward Eric Johnson (Uniontown/Uniontown) added 14 points for the Pioneers, who shot 42 percent (32 of 76) from the field. Point Park made 5 of 13 3-pointers and was 17 of 23 from the foul line.

Daemen (16-12, 8-7 AMC) had six players in double figures and shot 50 percent (36 of 71).  D.J. Johnson led the Wildcats with 16 points while Ajay Rutledge and Devon Dawson added 15 apiece.

D.J. Johnson did not play in the first meeting of the season, which Point Park won, 73-72, on a free throw by Marcus Robinson (Pittsburgh/Allderdice) with 2.5 seconds left.

Point Park’s leading scorer, freshman point guard T.J. Heatherington (McKeesport/Serra Catholic), battled foul trouble and was held to six points in 20 minutes of action in Thursday’s game.

The 5-10 Heatherington was held under 10 points for the first time in 15 games. He picked up his third foul early in the second half and fouled out with eight minutes to go.

The Pioneers had 11 turnovers compared to 15 for Daemen. Point Park had only five assists on 32 field goals.

Daemen jumped out to a 14-6 lead the first four minutes and bumped the lead to 10 points, 23-13, midway through the first half. The Wildcats extended the lead to as many as 28 at 84-56, with 6:44 remaining.

Jace Lumley (Butler/Butler) and Joel Cashatt (Stockton, Calif./Jim Elliott Christian) chipped in eight points apiece off the Point Park bench. Lumley played 10 minutes in his first action at Point Park since transferring from Butler County Community College at the start of the spring semester.

Point Park, which was eliminated from playoff contention when Roberts Wesleyan (8-7) earned its eighth victory Tuesday night, continued its struggles on the road. The Pioneers are 2-7 in road games, which includes a 1-6 mark in AMC games away from home. Point Park was 5-4 in home games this year.

Point Park concludes its season Saturday with a road game at Roberts Wesleyan (4 p.m.).