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Basketball Game Recap

Point Park men run out of gas in 108-95, non-conference loss at Ashland

Nov. 23, 2011

T.J. Heatherington had a career-high 34 points for Point Park Wednesday at Ashland. Photo by Richard Finch.



ASHLAND, Ohio -- Playing an early afternoon road game the day after a home game at night, the Point Park University men's basketball team ran out of gas the last four minutes of a 108-95, non-conference loss at Ashland on Wednesday.
Point Park (6-4) had its five-game winning streak snapped despite a career-high 34 points to go along with 10 assists from point guard T.J. Heatherington. It was Heatherington's sixth 30-point game in 10 games thus far and his third double-double with points and assists.
The Pioneers wrapped up their 101-98 home win over Salem International Tuesday night at 10 p.m. On Wednesday, they left for Ashland, Ohio, at 9 a.m. for a 1 p.m. tipoff with the Eagles (2-2).
Point Park held a 52-45 lead at halftime and was ahead, 55-45, early in the second half. A shland came on strong in the second half as forward Evan Yates scored 21 of his 31 points, and guard Ronnie Steward had 20 of his 24 points after halftime.
But Point Park, which finished up a stretch of eight games in 13 days, stayed with the Eagles and trailed, 94-92, on Heatherington's trey with 4:29 left. Then Ashland made a decisive, 11-0 run to go ahead, 105-92, with 1:07 remaining.
For Point Park, it was 36 minutes of its usual, high-scoring play before fatigue and foul trouble caught up to the Pioneers. Point Park dressed just eight healthy players for the game.
Joining T.J. Heatherington with a big day was Jimmy Taylor with 24 points on 9 of 18 from the floor and 6 of 13 from 3-point range. Robbie Heatherington added 19 points, six assists and three 3-pointers. Dante Anglin totaled 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with three minutes to go.
T.J. Heatherington eclipsed his previous career high by one point after making 12 of 21 field goals, 4 of 5 treys and 6 of 8 free throws.
Ashland's Evan Yates, a 6-6, 240-pound forward, totaled 31 points and 18 rebounds. He had 13 and 10 by halftime before taking control in the second half. Ronnie Steward, a 5-11 point guard, had only four points the first half but finished with 24 points on the strength of going 5 of 8 from long range.
With Yates going to work in the paint, Point Park's 2-3 zone collapsed in the lane, which forced Steward to beat them from the perimeter. To his credit, Steward made four 3-pointers the second half, and each one padded the Eagles' lead after Point Park had made a move.
Steward's treys gave Ashland leads of 84-77, 87-79, 92-83 and 97-92. That last one started the 11-0 run late that put the game out of reach.
Ashland took early leads of 17-10 and 23-14. Point Park was still down, 43-39, late in the first half before taking a 13-2 run into the halftime locker room.
Heatherington hit a trey on Point Park's first possession of the second half for a 55-45 lead, which was eventually erased when Ashland tied things up at 66-66 with 13:46 to play. That was in the midst of Ashland getting its inside-outside game going, which eventually produced leads of 83-71 and 92-83.
Ashland controlled the rebounds, 53-33, and both teams shot 49 percent from the field. Point Park made 13 of 26 treys (48 percent), and Ashland made 12 of 32 treys (38 percent).
Point Park is off until Dec. 1 when it opens up American Mideast Conference play at Fisher College, located in Boston, Mass.