Point Park opens season with 81-75 win over York, Heatherington goes for 33
Nov. 4, 2011
Pioneers point guard T.J. Heatherington had a career-high 33 points Friday. Photo by Chelsey Engel.
AMHERST, N.Y. -- T.J. Heatherington scored a career-high 33 points to lead four Point Park players in double figures in the Pioneers' season-opening, 81-75 victory over York (Ont.) Friday afternoon at the Lord Amherst Classic hosted by Daemen College.
Heatherington, a junior point guard from McKeesport, Pa., and Serra Catholic High School, had 17 points the first half, but Point Park (1-0) was still trailing York (1-4) by 14 points at the break. The Pioneers shot just 24 percent from the field the first 20 minutes to fall behind, 45-31, at halftime.
But Point Park rallied for the victory by outscoring York, 50-30, after halftime. Joining Heatherington in double figures was newcomer Jimmy Taylor with 16, sophomore guard Robbie Heatherington with 12 and senior forward Dante Anglin with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Taylor, a junior who earned NJCAA Honorable-Mention All-American honors at CCAC-Allegheny last year, hit three of his four 3-pointers the second half as did Robbie Heatherington. Those two led a second-half barrage from the perimeter that included 7-for-16 shooting (44 percent) from long range after halftime. T.J. Heatherington connected on three treys on the night with one coming the final 20 minutes.
Anglin, a native of North Hills, put in eight of his 10 points the second half to notch the double-double. He was 4 of 7 from the field.
Point Park shot 34 percent overall but took good care of the ball with only five turnovers. The Pioneers had all five turnovers the first half, and York had 21 for the game. T.J. Heatherington had six assists, one turnover, seven rebounds and five steals as the point guard.
York had four starters register double figures although Mussa Noble-Mohamed led the team with 15 points off the bench. He hit on 5 of 6 treys and 5 of 7 field goals overall. York held a 59-44 egde on the boards, but Point Park's ball control and perimeter scoring was enough to pull through.
York scored the first six points of the game with a couple of quick treys. But Point Park had things going in its favor with a 24-16 lead on Anglin's jumper with 9:50 left in the first half.
But that's when Point Park went cold from the field on its way to the 24-percent shooting the first half. Point Park scored just two points over the next eight minutes while York put together a 26-2 run for a 42-26 lead with 55 seconds left in the half.
Point Park was still down, 55-42, with 13:17 left in the game. Point Park chipped away and cut it to 63-60 on Heatherington's transition hoop with 9:15 to go. Then,
Robbie Heatherington hit a 3-pointer with 7:00 to go to put the Pioneers head, 67-65.
The score remained within a few possessions down the stretch, and York pulled even, 73-73, with a 3-pointer at the 3:01 mark. But Taylor and Robbie Heatherington answered with huge treys for a 79-75 Point Park lead. Heatherington's long-range jumper came with just 34 seconds after York had cut it to 76-75.
The Pioneers then played a couple of possesions of good defense with Anglin picking up a blocked shot and Jimmy Taylor getting a late steal. Those plays led to T.J. Heatherington being fouled with eight seconds left, and he iced the game with a couple of free throws to set the final at 81-75.
Point Park continues at the Lord Amherst Tournament with Saturday's matchup with the University of Toronto at 2:30 p.m.