NCAA DII Lake Erie pulls away from Point Park in second half, wins 95-79
Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Robbie Heatherington had 12 points and got the start at point guard Wednesday. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- Lake Erie College made a big run at the start of each half to aid itself to a 95-79 victory over visiting Point Park in a non-conference men's basketball game on Wednesday night.
Lake Erie (1-0) started the game with a couple of dunks and 3-pointer for an early, 12-4 lead over Point Park (2-1) at the 16:40 mark of the first half.
Although the Pioneers batted back to within one possession late in the first half and trailed, 44-38, at the break, Lake Erie essentially put the game out of reach with its 16-2 run to start the second half.
Lake Erie shot 59 percent (20 for 34) the second half and made it a 20-point game, 60-40, with 16:07 left. The Storm maintained a near 20-point lead the rest of the game, and the final margin of 16 was the closest the Pioneers got.
Josh Arnold, a senior forward from Monessen, Pa., and a transfer from WVU Tech, had 23 points and 13 rebounds in his first start at Point Park. Babs Somoye, a 6-9 center from London, England, added 15 points and six rebounds before fouling out with 7:08 to go.
Robbie Heatherington shifted over to point guard with his brother T.J. missing the game due to injury and finished with 12 points. Gabe McNeal added 14 points off the bench on 6 of 10 shooting from the field and 2 of 3 from long range.
Point Park shot a respectable 45 percent overall but was a cold 4 for 22 (18 percent) from outside the arc. That did not keep up with Lake Erie's 53-percent shooting from the floor and 50-percent shooting (7 of 14) from distance. What's more, the taller, NCAA DII Lake Erie dominated the rebounds, 49-33.
Jamil Dudley, a 6-5 guard, led the Storm with 20 points and was 4 of 6 from long range. Tom Parker, a 6-0 guard, added 17 points on 3-for-3 shooting from outside the arc. Rich Austin, a 6-6 forward, posted 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Storm was still up by 22 points, 75-53, with 10:23 remaining. Dudley made a 3-pointer for the biggest lead of the night of 24 points, 82-58, with 7:58 left. Point Park was 1 for 10 from 3-point range the second half while trying to cut into the lead.
After the early, 12-4 deficit, Point Park battled back to within 23-21 on McNeal's trey at the 10:08 mark of the first half. In a see-saw opening frame, Lake Erie went back up by 10, 38-28, with 5:32 left only to have the Pioneers get it back down to 41-38 two minutes later.
Point Park has another tough, non-conference game on Saturday for its home opener. The Pioneers welcome St. Francis (Ind.) at 12 p.m. The Cougars are 4-0, are receiving votes in the NAIA DII Preseason Top 25 Poll and are fresh off a win over No. 25 Indiana Tech on Tuesday night. Point Park home games are at CCAC-South Gym.
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