Warrick, Heatherington have big games in road loss to Shawnee State
Feb. 6, 2010
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Gerald Warrick totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds and T.J. Heatherington (pictured) added 19 points, five rebounds and five assists, but the Point Park University men’s basketball team was dealt an 84-68 loss at Shawnee State in an American Mideast Conference game Saturday afternoon.
Point Park (8-13) dipped to 4-8 in the AMC and its chances of making the playoffs took a hit with the loss. Shawnee State (7-17, 4-7 AMC) ended its six-game losing streak after jumping out to a 21-8 lead the first 13 minutes. The Bears went on to lead, 29-19, at halftime and were ahead by as many as 22 the second half.
The Pioneers have four conference games remaining beginning with Tuesday night’s road game at Daemen (7:30 p.m.). Daemen was 6-5 in the AMC entering Saturday’s visit to NAIA Division II Walsh and will be looking to avenge a 73-72 loss at Point Park Jan. 23.
Another team Point Park is trying to catch in the AMC North race is Roberts Wesleyan. The Raiders, who beat Point Park, 85-69, on Jan. 18, were 5-6 in the conference entering Saturday afternoon’s date at surging Malone (8-4 AMC).
The games involving Daemen at Walsh and Roberts Wesleyan at Malone are set to tip off at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Warrick, a senior center from Penn Hills, Pa., continued to show that he is one of the top big men in the AMC. Including his 20 points and 12 rebounds Saturday, he has six double-doubles in his last eight games. During that stretch, the 6-7 transfer from Edinboro is averaging 15.9 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
For the season, Warrick is averaging 13.7 points and a team-high 11.0 rebounds per game. He had to sit out the first semester after transferring, but he has started all 11 games he has played since then. After a slow start his first three games, he has elevated his performance.
Heatherington, a freshman point guard from McKeesport, Pa., has teamed with Warrick to provide the Pioneers with a very productive duo. Heatherington leads Point Park with 16.1 points and 5.9 assists per game, and with Warrick in the lineup, his scoring has picked up by more than two points per game.
Heatherington played only 31 minutes Saturday, and he fouled out with 2:16 left. Before Saturday, he had played every minute of the previous four games. The 5-10 freshman is averaging 19.8 points and 6.4 assists his last five outings.
Shawnee State started its AMC schedule by winning three of four games but had lost six league games in a row before Saturday. The only time the Bears trailed was 2-0, and they quickly built a 13-4 lead the first four minutes.
Even after trailing 21-8, Point Park used an 8-0 run to get the lead down to 24-19 with 1:10 left in the half. The 8-0 surge was capped off with a layup by Franco Sebastiani (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic), who had 11 points.
Sebastiani reached double figures for the third time this year. The other two times he did that included a career-high 33 points versus St. Joseph’s (Nov. 15) and 20 points versus Rio Grande (Nov. 21).
After Point Park cut it to 24-19, Shawnee State bumped the halftime lead to 10 points by finishing the half with a 3-pointer by Zak Metz and a layup by Tyler Morgan.
Point Park fell behind, 39-23, the first four minutes of the second half but mounted a 9-0 run to get within 39-32 with 12:52 remaining. A jumper by Warrick and a 3-pointer by Josh Trocchio (North Hills/North Hills) finished off the rally.
But Metz hit another trey on the Bears’ next possession to rebuild the 10-point lead, and they maintained a double-digit advantage the final 11:41. Shawnee State’s lead grew to as many as 22, 68-46, with 5:59 remaining.
After making only 1 of 8 shots from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes, Point Park was 5 of 8 from downtown the second half as it tried to get back into the game. A trey by Joel Cashatt (Stockton, Calif./Jim Elliott Christian) trimmed the lead to 77-62 with 2:03 left, but that’s as close as the Pioneers would get.
Shawnee State’s Morgan led all scorers with 24 points and made 10 of 11 free throws. Teammate Mark Bryant had 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Point Park shot 36.8 percent (25 of 68), which included 28-percent shooting (9 of 32) the first half. Shawnee State made 27 of 65 shots for 42-percent accuracy.
The Bears held a decided edge on the boards, 50-36, and made 13 more free throws than the Pioneers. Shawnee State was 25 of 30 from the line, and Point Park was 12 of 21.
With the loss, Point Park dropped to 1-5 in AMC road games. The Pioneers finished up their six games against the AMC South Division with a 2-4 record.
Saturday’s game was originally scheduled for Jan. 9, but it was postponed due to inclement weather. To avoid traveling in the storm that hit the east coast this weekend, Point Park departed Friday afternoon.
Carlow was scheduled to play an AMC women’s basketball game at Shawnee State Saturday at 2 p.m., but that game was postponed to next Thursday.
Point Park University cancelled its classes Saturday due to the weather in the Pittsburgh area. An open house that was planned by the admissions office was postponed.