Heatherington nets career-high 42 in 103-86 win at Salem International
Jan. 4, 2011
T.J. Heatherington had a career-high 42 points, three off the school record, Wednesday. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
SALEM, W.Va. -- T.J. Heatherington netted a career-high 42 points to highlight Point Park University's 103-86, non-conference, men's basketball victory at Salem International Wednesday afternoon.
Heatherington, a 5-10 point guard from McKeesport, Pa., and Serra Catholic High School, is just the sixth player in school history to score over 40 points in game, and he was three points shy of tying the school record. Gabe Bubon scored 45 points in Feb. 2000 and Kris Douse did the same in Feb. 2010.
Bobby Franklin, the great point guard from late 1970s and the school's all-time leading scorer, is the only player to score over 40 points twice. He also had 42 in a game like Heatherington to go along with a 44-point game. The list of 40+ scorers also includes Pioneer greats Kenny Walls (44) and Chivas Whipple (44).
Heatherington, the NAIA Division II scoring leader, also had a huge night on Tuesday when he put up 37 points on Walsh. With the 79 points in a little more than 24 hours, he upped his season scoring average to 27.1 ppg. He also picked up 10 assists on Wednesday for his third double-double of points and assists this year.
Jimmy Taylor, a junior guard from Keystone Oaks High School, poured in 24 points on 6 of 14 from 3-point range. Devon Alexander, a 6-5 senior forward from McKeesport, Pa., had 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Senior forward Dante Anglin, from North Hills, Pa., chipped in 10 rebounds.
Point Park (8-6, 1-1 AMC) was efficient offensively with 52-percent shooting overall and 44 percent (10 of 23) from 3-point range. The Pioneers went over 100 points for the fifth time and increased their NAIA Division II-leading scoring output to 93.7 ppg. Point Park was right on its average of 10 made 3-pointers per game, which ranks second in the country.
The Pioneers found themselves trailing Salem International (1-12), 12-6, after the first few minutes. But Point Park found its transition game offensively to spark a 21-6 run for a 27-18 lead. Point Park led by as many as 13, 39-26, the first half before taking a 50-39 lead at the break.
Point Park maintained a double-digit lead the entire second half except for a brief point where the Tigers got within 72-53. But Point Park kept Salem at bay, however, and the lead reached 20 points at 97-77 with 4:37 left.
Heatherington had 23 points at halftime. For the day, he was 11 of 21 from the field, 3 of 6 from long range and 17 of 18 from the foul line. He reached 40 points with a couple of free throws that made it 99-80 with still over three minutes to play. He hit a layup with two minutes to play, but did not get another chance with Point Park running the clock out.
Raymar Porter and Tony Luie scored 15 points each to lead four Salem Int;l players in double figures. The Tigers were held to 36-percent shooting including a cold 19 percent (6 for 31) from long range. The lone bright spot for the Tigers was winning the rebounds, 52-43, and their 26 offensive rebounds help them hold a 25-8 edge in second-chance points.
Point Park returns to American Mideast Conference play this Saturday, Jan. 7 with a home date versus Wilberforce. Game time at CCAC-South is 4 p.m. Each of Point Park's 12 remaining games come in AMC action.
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