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Basketball Game Recap

Point Park men drop AMC home game to Wilberforce, 92-80

Jan. 7, 2012


WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University fell behind early, shot just 36 percent for the day and stumbled to a 92-80, home loss to Wilberforce University in American Mideast Conference men's basketball action at CCAC-South Gymnasium on Saturday.

Point Park (8-7, 1-2 AMC) had six players in double figures, but a more efficient Wilberforce (5-12, 2-0 AMC) team kept the Pioneers from taking care of business in the conference home game.

Wilberforce shot 52 percent from the field, including 63 percent (9 of 14) from 3-point range. Guard Chris Olafioye had 19 of his game-high 27 points in the first half as the Bulldogs led, 48-39, at the break. Darius Foster added 25 points, and Ronald Hightower totaled 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

Point Park made just 26 of 71 (36 percent) of its field goals, including 6 of 30 (20 percent) from 3-point range. Wilberforce held a big lead in rebounding, 49-38.

T.J. Heatherington had 16 points and seven assists to lead Point Park. Forward Dante Anglin had 13 points and 12 rebounds while Eric Johnson added 13 points and five rebounds off the bench. Devon Alexander had 11 points, and Jimmy Taylor and Asa Braxton chipped in 10 apiece.

Point Park was behind, 22-12, after seven minutes. The Wilberforce lead grew to as many as 13 points, 35-22, in the first 20 minutes. After being down, 48-39, at halftime, Point Park got within 60-57 with 11:34 to go.

But the Bulldogs scored the next eight points in quick fashion as a layup by Hightower and 3-pointers from Foster and Davis Leyman upped the lead to 68-57 a little more than a minute later. Point Park never really challenged the lead again, and the biggest margin was 80-65 with 6:33 left.

With the loss, Point Park's all-time record vs. Wilbeforce dropped to 15-6.

Point Park is off until Jan. 17 when it resumes AMC play with a home game vs. Houghton (7:30 p.m.).