Pioneers in fourth straight, McNeal named KIAC Player of the Week (Dec. 31-Jan. 6)
Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Gabe McNeal was named the KIAC Player of the Week for Dec. 31-Jan. 6, 2013. Photo by Olivia DiYanni.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's basketball team won its fourth-straight game, 88-74, at PSU-Fayette on Monday night.
Junior guard Gabe McNeal, who was named the KIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week earlier in the day, came out in the evening for his second double-double in a row with 17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals.
McNeal, a 6-1 guard from Richmond, Va., and a transfer from NCAA Division II Shaw (N.C.) University, led the Pioneers (9-6, 4-4 KIAC) back to .500 in KIAC play and a 2-0 week with 26.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.0 spg and 58 percent field goals from Dec. 31-Jan. 6 to earn the award.
McNeal led a perimeter attack Monday that included 18 points from senior point guad T.J. Heatherington, 17 points from junior wing man Jimmy Taylor and 15 points and eight rebounds from freshman forward Matt Noszka. Center Babatunde Somoye added six points and eight rebounds.
Noszka was 4 of 8 from outside the 3-point arc to lead Point Park, which made 11 treys as a team. Taylor knocked down three treys and McNeal had two. Point Park was 8 of 20 from long range the first half. By halftime, Taylor had 14 points on three treys and Noszka had 10 points on three treys.
Point Park was up, 8-0, before the game was a minute old as Taylor hit from outside on Point Park's first trip to get things going. Noszka connected from deep for a 16-6 lead after four minutes, and the Pioneers were later up, 32-16. Point Park's 19-point halftime lead of 47-28 was maintained at 70-50 with 10 minutes left in the game.
That's when a Point Park team that was a little road weary and also shorthanded took its foot off the gas. Point Park won its third road game in four days although the first two -- at Alice Lloyd (Ky.) and at Asbury (Ky.) -- were 6-7 hours away as opposed to the hour to Uniontown.
PSU-Fayette (5-9, 4-2 PSUAC) made 10 3-pointers on the night and knocked down some outside shots (7 of 16) the second half to make the score closer. Brandon Cunninghan had a team-high 17 points on 3 of 6 from deep to lead the Roaring Lions.
Point Park will return home for a non-conference game Wednesday vs. Maine-Fort Kent (0-13). Tip off at CCAC-South is 7:30 p.m. Listen Live online at MSAsports.net. Live Stats at http://livestats.pointpark.edu