Point Park men drop KIAC game at No. 4 Indiana Southeast, 110-95
Jan. 4, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Senior forward Nick Brown (3) led Point Park with 21 points in the loss at No. 4 Indiana Southeast. Chris Squeir photo.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Playing for the first time after a three-week, holiday layoff, the Point Park University men's basketball team got out to an early lead over NAIA Division II No. 4 Indiana Southeast, but it did not last as the Pioneers lost the KIAC road game, 110-95.
Point Park (7-7, 3-2 KIAC) got out to a 19-13 lead the first five minutes, but No. 4 Indiana Southeast (9-3, 3-0 KIAC) used the top-ranked scoring offense in the country to turn things around in its favor. Indiana Southeast, which has four starters returning from last year's NAIA DII national semifinalist team, scores 97 points per game to lead the nation.
Point Park was still ahead, 23-19, midway through the first half, but Indiana Southeast turned things up with a 15-5 run and a 34-28 advantage with 7:09 left in the first half. The Grenadiers, who had five players in double figures led by brothers Kevin (26 points) and Cameron (23) Mitchell, staked a 20-point lead at halftime, 59-39.
Point Park also had five players in double figures as its starters combined for 91 of the 95 points. Senior forward Nick Brown got his averages of 21 points and nine rebounds. The transfer from West Liberty made three 3-pointers, and the Pioneers made 11 as a team.
Sophomore forward Matt Noszka, from Chartiers Valley High School, notched a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three treys. Senior point guard Robbie Heatherington knocked down a team-high four 3-pointers on his way to 18 points and seven rebounds.
Senior guard Gabe McNeal pitched in 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, and junior forward Alan Heter added a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Point Park's halftime deficit of 59-39 had the Pioneers mired in 32-percent shooting the first half. The Pioneers made just 4 of 19 treys the first 20 minutes to fall behind.
But Point Park picked up its shooting the second half to 52 percent from the floor and 7 of 14 from outside the arc. That got the Indiana Southeast lead under 20 points, and the Pioneers flirted with getting it into single digits with under four minutes to go.
Point Park had a fighting chance down, 94-82, with 3:19 remaining, but that was as close as the Pioneers would get. Indiana Southeast stayed ahead with a consistent offense that shot 50 percent for the game and never lagged. Point Park shot 42 percent overall.
The Pioneers ended up with 11 treys in 33 attempts for 33 percent while Indiana Southeast was 9 of 25 from the outside for 36 percent. The Grenadiers entered the game second in the country in field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage but were held under those season averages.
Point Park continues is KIAC, weekend road trip at Brescia (Ky.) on Sunday, Jan. 5 for a 3 p.m. CT (4 p.m. ET) tip off. The Pioneers are 5-1 at home but just 2-6 in games played away from home (1-5 road, 1-2 neutral).
Point Park at Brescia (Ky.) will be broadcast live on the Point Park Sports Network at 3 p.m. CT (4 p.m. ET). WATCH LIVE