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Men's Basketball Recap

Point Park men improve to 6-1 with 108-92 win at Penn State-Beaver

Nov. 24, 2014 at 11:58 p.m. ET



MONACA, Pa. -- Point Park University men's basketball put up a 60-point second half and also picked up its defense the final 20 minutes to earn a 108-92 victory at Penn State-Beaver on Monday night.

The Pioneers (6-1) trailed at the half, 52-48, despite the fact that it shot 52 percent and made four 3-pointers before halftime. That's because Penn State-Beaver (0-4) shot 55 percent and took advantage of 10 first-half turnovers by the Pioneers to lead at the break.

But Point Park outscored the Lions, 60-40, the final 20 minutes to win by double digits. Point Park revved up its offense to 61-percent shooting from the floor and 47-percent accuracy from long range (7 for 15) the second half.

Defensively, Point Park held Penn State-Beaver to 35-percent field goals after halftime and 45 percent for the game. The Pioneers also took better care of the basketball and ended up with 17 turnovers.

Point guard Jerah'me Williams and forward Barry Smith both had double-doubles for Point Park. Williams, a 5-9 junior from Youngstown, Ohio, put up 27 points and 10 assists. Smith a 6-6 senior from Penn Hills, Pa., totaled 23 points and 15 rebounds.

Junior guard Yandell Denis added 15 points to give the Pioneers three starters in double figures. T.J. Lanier and Art Christian both had big games off the bench with 18 and 16 points, respectively.

Point Park made 11 of 26 3-pointers on the night for 42 percent. The Pioneers were hitting long-range shots from all directions as five different players each made two 3-pointers -- Williams, Smith, Denis, Lanier and Christian.

Penn State Beaver led in rebounds, 42-37, with a big part of that being its 21 offensive rebounds. The Lions used that effort to lead, 26-12, in second chance points.

The Lions also got 40 points off their bench, which included 18 from Lamont Wright and 15 from D.J. Austin. Starter Christian James totaled 18 points and 14 rebounds. Marcus Smith led Penn State-Beaver with 24 points and made 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

With Monday's win, Point Park has scored more than 100 points in four of its first seven games. The Pioneers will take their 6-1 record into their toughest test of the season so far, a Tuesday night home game versus NAIA Division I West Virginia Tech, which is also 6-1.

Watch Live on the Point Park Sports Network -- Point Park vs. West Virginia Tech, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. ET. Live Stats available on the Pioneers athletic website.

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