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Basketball Game Recap

Point Park men roll past PSU-Fayette by 61 points, 119-58, in home opener

Nov. 16, 2011

Point Park players break a huddle in Wednesday's win. Photo by Matt Desmond.


PITTSBURGH -- Fresh of one of its biggest upsets in recent memory with a 107-100 win at Fairmont State Tuesday night, the Point Park University men's basketball team kept its offense rolling on Wednesday with a 119-58 victory over non-conference Penn State-Fayette in its home opener at CCAC-South Gymnasium.
Asa Braxton had a career-high 20 points, and teammate Jimmy Taylor matched him for the game-high honor with 20 points of his own to lead Point Park (3-3). Braxton, a junior from Pittsburgh and Hampton High School, made 4 of 10 treys. Taylor, a product of Keystone Oaks by way of CCAC-Allegheny, was 4 of 9 from long range and 7 of 12 from the field. Both players had four steals.
Devon Alexander was 9 of 11 from the floor on his way to 19 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard T.J. Heatherington had 15 points and 12 assists for his second-straight double-double that included points and assists. He had 19 and 14 Tuesday at Fairmont State.
Robbie Heahterington chipped in 18 points, eight assists and three made 3-pointers. Josh Pohlot was one off his season high with 12 points and seven rebounds, and he gave the Pioneers six players in double figures.
Point Park shot 59 percent the first half on its way to a 54-21 lead at the break. The Pioneers were ahead, 11-3, on Braxton's trey with 16:55 to go in the first half. Alexander powered up a layup for a 27-7 edge with 12:03 before the break.
Penn State-Fayette (0-2), which shot only 33 percent on the night and was outrebounded, 53-29, did not get out of double figures in scoring until the 6:56 mark.
Point Park extended the lead to 40 points, 65-25, three minutes into the second half, and the margin reached 50, 83-52, with 13:07 left. The final margin of 61 was the biggest lead of the night.
The Pioneers shot 51 percent (45 of 82) overall and made 12 of 32 3-pointers. Point Park had the edge in assists, 28-11, and made 13 turnovers compared to 22 for the Roaring Lions.
Joshua Tomson hit four treys and scored a team-high 13 points for Penn State-Fayette. Anthony Howard knocked down two 3-pointers and scored 10 points.
The same two teams will meet again Friday in the first round of the Allegheny Tournament. Game time is 1 p.m., and the winner will play in the tournament championship game Saturday at 8 p.m. Other participating teams are host Allegheny and Pitt-Bradford.
With the win, Point Park head coach Bob Rager moved within one win of tying former Duquesnse coach Chick Davies for the second-most wins at four-year schools in the City of Pittsburgh. Rager has 313 career wins, and Davies won 314 games for the Dukes from 1925-43 and 1947-48. Tops on that list is Pitt's Doc Carlson, who won 367 games from 1922-53