Point Park escapes Fisher with 82-81 victory, Robbie's late trey wins it
Dec. 1, 2011
Robbie Heatherington made 5 of 11 treys including the game-winner. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
BOSTON -- Point Park University's Robbie Heatherington hit the eventual game-winning 3-pointer with 54 seconds left, and Fisher College came up empty on a couple of late possessions as Point Park escaped with an 82-81 road win in American Mideast Conference play Thursday night.
Heatherington, a sophomore guard from McKeesport, Pa., and Serra Catholic High School, was 5 of 11 from 3-point ragne and finished with 15 points. He grabbed the final rebound as time expired after Fisher's Dennis Norford missed a jumper just inside the foul line that would have won the game with only a few seconds left.
Senior forward Devon Alexander, a native of McKeesport, Pa., led Point Park with 23 points and also grabbed 13 rebounds.Point Park had all five starters in double figures. Along with Robbie Heatherington's 15 points, forward Dante Anglin had 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, Jimmy Taylor had 14 points and T.J. Heatherington had 12 points and six assists.
Point Park (7-4, 1-0 AMC) will return home from the game in Boston, Mass., with the victory, although new AMC member Fisher (2-7, 0-3 AMC) nearly had itself a comeback win.
Point Park, which has won six of seven games following a 1-3 start, had 52 points by halftime and led, 52-44 at the break. But the Pioneers managed just 30 points the rest of the way as they scored their fewest total points in eight games. Only their season-opening, 81-75 win over York had fewer points in a victory.
Fisher cut Point Park's halftime lead in half to 56-52 early in the second stanza. Although the Pioneers re-built the eight-point margin, 66-58, midway through the second half, Fisher followed with a 15-4 run for a 73-70 lead with four minutes to play.
Fisher was still ahead, 81-79, before Heatherington's clutch trey. Fisher could not score on its last couple of possessions. Point Park survived a turnover on its last possession and also got a break when Norford missed his potential game-winner. Curiously, Fisher did not foul Robbie Heatherington even though he grabbed the last rebound in the lane with a few seconds on the clock.
Point Park's next game is Sunday at NCAA Division II West Liberty (2 p.m.). West Liberty athletics is schedule to air live internet video of that game. Details about the broadcast will be on the Pioneers' athletic website this weekend.
West Liberty (6-1) is ranked 14th in this week's NCAA DII Top 25 Poll. The Hilltoppers made the national semifinals last year. Point Park is 2-1 vs. NCAA Division II teams this season.
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