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Men's Basketball Recap

Point Park's shooting struggles continue in 82-65 home loss to Asbury (Ky.)

Jan. 25, 2014

Josh Pohlot (32) and Nick Brown (3) battle for a rebound versus Asbury at CCAC-South. Photo by Sam Robinson.



WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University men's basketball had its shooting struggles continue in Saturday's, 82-65, KIAC home loss to Asbury (Ky.) University at CCAC-South Gym.

Point Park (9-11, 4-6 KIAC) shot just 4 of 27 from 3-point range (14.8 percent) and shot just 36 percent overall. The Pioneers dropped their second straight KIAC home game, and they're just 1-5 in KIAC games since the start of the New Year.

Asbury (13-5, 6-2 KIAC) won its sixth KIAC game in seven tries by getting 20 points and 10 rebounds from KIAC rebounding leader C.J. Penny. Dakotah Euton added 16 points and four treys, and Lee'Vaughn Morris chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the surging Eagles.

Point Park was coming off last weekend's conference home loss to Berea, in which it was just 3 for 30 from long range and missed its final 14 attempts from downtown. The Pioneers missed their first nine treys versus Asbury, and when Gabe McNeal connected from downtown to cut the Eagles' lead to 30-19 in the first half, it snapped a streak of 23 long-range misses in a row.

And although Asbury cranked the lead up to as high as 40-26 late in the half, the Pioneers got a few deep jumpers to go down, including Matt Noszka's effort at the buzzer, which brought Point Park within 10 points, 44-34, at the half.

Point Park had a chance to make its move at the start of the second half -- especially when Asbury opened the second stanza misfiring on its first four field goals. But Point Park was also cold and could not take advantage of the opening as its first six possessions of the second included five missed shots and a turnover.

The Pioneers still had a chance when it got within three possessions down 62-53 with 10:29 to play. But Point Park again went cold with five straight misses from the floor. And when the Pioneers added two turnovers on top of that, Asbury was soon up by 14, 67-53, with 7:39 left.

McNeal tied for game-high honors with 20 points for the Pioneers, his 14th game of 20 or more points this year. Nick Brown kept in a tie for the KIAC in double-doubles with his 11th of the year. He had 10 points and 12 rebounds, but it came on 3 for 15 from the field.

Point guard Robbie Heatherington had 12 points and eight assists to add to his KIAC assists lead. Matt Noszka put four Pioneers in double figures with 11 points.

Asbury didn't shoot a high percentage from long range -- 8 for 29 for 27 percent -- but it still made four more treys than Point Park to beat the Pioneers by 12 in that category and 17 points for the game. Asbury led in rebounding, 45-38.

Point Park is now off until its three-game, KIAC road trip next weekend. The Pioneers visit second-place Cincinnati Christian (7-2 KIAC) on Friday night, Jan. 31 and then visit IU East (2-8 KIAC) on Saturday, Feb. 1 in the afternoon. The trip concludes with a neutral-court mathcup with St. Louis College of Pharmacy (0-4 KIAC) at Midway (Ky.) College.

Point Park is 1-4 in KIAC road games. The Pioneers are in seventh place of 10 teams in the KIAC. The top eight teams make the KIAC Tournament.

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