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M. Basketball Game Recap

Point Park men challenge record book with 128 points in win over St. Louis COP

Jan. 13, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

Asa Braxton had 21 points on 7 of 10 from the floor and 5 of 8 from downtown. Photo by Evan Skowvron.



MIDWAY, Ky. -- The Point Park University men's basketball team tied for the third-most points in the history of the program with Sunday's 128-68 win over St. Louis College of Pharmacy in a KIAC game at neutral site Midway (Ky.) College.

The Pioneers (11-7, 5-5 KIAC) were up, 68-37, at the half and then put up another 60 points in the second half for the 60-point win over St. Louis Coll. of Pharmacy (4-6, 0-1 KIAC).

Point Park made an impressive 52 of 78 field goals for 67 percent. The Pioneers shot 47 percent from 3-point range and made a season-high 16 treys in 34 attempts.

Gabe McNeal's career-high 30 points on 13 of 16 from the floor and 4 of 5 from outside the arc led six players in double figures. Asa Braxton was also on fire from long range with 21 points on 7 of 10 from the field and 5 of 8 from deep.

Robbie Heatherington added 16 points on 3 of 4 from downtown and also totaled five rebounds and eight assists. His brother T.J. Heatherington had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

On the inside, Babatunde Somoye made all six shots he took for 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Backup center Jared Sturt, a freshman, had a career-high 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting.

The Pioneers had all nine of their available players see action, and all nine of them had at least seven points. Jimmy Taylor was in for eight points, four rebounds and six assists. Josh Pohlot totaled seven points and eight rebounds, and Matt Noszka chipped in eight points, three rebounds, three steals and a couple of treys.

St. Louis COP's 39-percent shooting overall and 20-percent shooting from 3-point range (7 of 34) did not keep up with the torrid pace set by the Pioneers, who also dominated the rebounds, 45-21.

Turnovers were low for both teams as Point Park had eight and St. Louis COP had 11. Shawn Menchkowski had 21 points, and Clayton Earnhart had 15 for St. Louis COP, but they were also a combined 3 for 19 from outside the arc.

With Sunday's win, the Pioneers will return home with a 1-1 record on the weekend. Point Park lost a KIAC game at Berea (Ky.), 96-90, on Friday night. The Pioneers, who rank second in the NAIA Division II in scoring, put up 218 points on the weekend.

The 128 points on Sunday tie the amount scored in the Pioneers' 128-82 win over Franciscan in the 2006-07 season. The school record for points in a single game came in the 141-46 rout of Franciscan in the 1996-97 season opener. Point Park put up 131 points versus Penn State-Behrend in 1976-77 for the second-most all-time.

Point Park will now take more than a week with no games. Its next contest is Jan. 22 at home vs. IU East (7:30 p.m.). Fan Vans will be available for that game at CCAC-South, and they are free with Point Park Student ID.

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