Point Park sets school scoring record in 143-70 win over GLCC to start season
Nov. 6, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Jerah'me Williams had 32 points and 13 assists on 14 of 15 field goals in the record-setting win.
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio -- Point Park University men's basketball didn't waste any time making history in the 2014-15 season. Point Park beat Great Lakes Christian (Mich.) College, 143-70, in its season opener Thursday night at the Ohio Christian Tournament to set a school record for most points scored in a single game.
The Pioneers (1-0) jumped out to a 77-33 lead at halftime on their way to breaking the 18-year old record of 141 points versus Franciscan on Nov. 11, 1996. Alan Heter made a jumper in the final minute to establish the new record, which bested Point Park's NAIA Division I Final Four team of 1996-97 that featured All-Americans Damon Wade and DeVaughn Halsel, for the record.
It was all Point Park from start to finish. The Pioneers were up, 35-13, midway through the first half and had already hit eight 3-pointers at that juncture. The Pioneers were later up 57-15 with under six minutes before halftime. The Pioneers cracked triple digits with a 100-43 lead with still 15 minutes left on the game clock.
Point Park junior guard Jerah'me Williams, from Youngstown, Ohio, led seven Pioneers in double figures with 32 points, 13 assists and four steals off the bench. The 5-9 transfer from NAIA Lourdes (Ohio) University made an amazing 14 of 15 field goals including 4 for 7 from 3-point range.
The Pioneers made a barrage of 3-pointers with 20 makes from outside the arc. Freshman guard Sa'iid Allen lead the way scorching the nets for a 7-for-7 performance from long range on his way to 21 points. Allen, from Baton Rouge, La., also had five assists and two steals.
Also in with 21 points was Matthew Noszka, who made 4 of 8 from long range and also totaled five rebounds, six assists and four steals. Heter notched a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, and starting point guard Yandell Denis had an all-around game of 15 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals on 5 of 6 from the floor.
Sophomore guard Art Christian came off the bench for 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting and 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Starting forward Barry Smith added 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Point Park shot 67 percent from the field (55 of 82) and 57 percent from long range (20 of 35). The Pioneers shot better from the floor than they did from the foul line at 62 percent (13 of 21). Point Park racked up 38 assists on 55 field goals and picked up 17 steals. Point Park had a 48-32 edge on the boards and forced 22 turnovers.
Point Park continues its stay at the Ohio Christian with a matchup versus Boyce Christian College on Friday night at 6 p.m. The Pioneers then play host school Ohio Christian, the two-time defending NCCAA national champions, on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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