Dec. 6, 2011
PITTSBURGH -- In this week's NAIA Division II men's basketball statistical rankings, Point Park University is leading the country in scoring behind national scoring leader T.J. Heatherington, a 5-10 point guard from McKeesport, Pa. and Serra Catholic High School.
The Pioneers (7-5, 1-0 AMC), who were receiving votes in Monday's (Dec. 5) NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Top 25 Coaches Poll, lead the country at 93.5 points per game.
Heatherington, a junior, leads the nation at 25.1 points per game. He also ranked first in the NAIA DII in total scoring (301) and total assists (93). His assists per game rank third nationally at 7.8.
Point Park is off the rest of the semester and will resume play Jan. 3 with an American Mideast Conference home game versus Walsh University.
Heatherington has six 30-point games in the 12 games so far this season. His career-high of 34 points came alongside 10 assists at NCAA DII Ashland Nov. 23. His career-high for assists came in a 19-point, 14-assist upset at NCAA DII Fairmont State, 107-100, Nov. 15.
The high-powered Point Park offense has scored at least 91 points in eight of its last nine games with four 100-point outputs in that stretch. The Pioneers lead the country in total points (1,122) and total 3-point field goals made (127).
The Pioneers have a strong perimeter attack that averages 10.5 treys per game, which ranks second nationally. A trio of high-scoring guards lead the Pioneers, and all five of their starters are WPIAL products.
Shooting guard Jimmy Taylor (18.6 ppg), a junior from Keystone Oaks who spent two years at CCAC-Allegheny, leads the country in 3-pointers made per game (4.1) and total 3-pointers made (51).
The three-guard lineup also includes sophomore Robbie Heatherington (17.4 ppg), who ranks third in the country in total 3-pointers made (41). He is from Serra Catholic, one year behind his older brother.
Devon Alexander (11.4 ppg) is a 6-5, senior forward from McKeesport High School who gives the Pioneers four starters in double figures. Dante Anglin (8.1 ppg), a6-5 senior forward out of North Hills High School, is the final starter. He leads the team at 10.4 rebounds per game, which ranks seventh in the country.
Taylor is shooting 39.8 percent (51 of 128) from the outside, and Robbie Heatherington is shooting 45 percent (41 of 92) from distance.
Point Park stumbled to a 1-3 start to the season as its roster, with several players being counted on to produce for the first time in their careers, took a bit to adjust to the Pioneers' style. Since then, they have been below 90 points just once, an 82-81 win at Fisher Dec. 1.
Point Park, under 23rd-year head coach Bob Rager, has been among top five in the country in scoring four of the last six years.
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