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Men's Basketball Recap

Cincinnati Christian rains down 3s in KIAC victory over visiting Point Park men

Jan. 31, 2014

Nick Brown had 16 points in the loss at Cincinnati Christian. Photo by Evan Schall.



CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Cincinnati Christian got hot from the perimeter to turn and eight-point, first half deficit into a 25-point win, 88-63, over visiting Point Park University in a KIAC men's basketball game on Friday night (Jan. 31).

Point Park (9-12, 4-7 KIAC) worked an eight-point lead, 29-21, with 3:25 left in the first half thanks to a 10-0 run. But Cincinnati Christian (18-6, 9-2 KIAC) hit four treys before the half was through to steal away the halftime lead, 35-30.

Turns out the Eagles were just getting started with their late first-half flurry. After starting out 3 for 10 from 3-point range, Cincinnati Christian made 12 of its next 17 attempts from deep, a clip of 71 percent.

By that time, the Eagles were up by 20 points with less than four minutes to play in the game. They did miss their final three trey attempts with backups in the last two minutes, but the damage had been done. Even with the three late misses from deep, the Eagles were 12 for 20 from 3-point range following their 3-for-10 start from out there.

In all, Cincinnati Christian made 15 of 30 3-pointers for 50 percent. When they did miss, they usually got the rebound. The Eagles dominated the boards, 42-27, and had more offensive rebounds (20) than Point Park did defensive (17).

CCU guard Michael Hill had a game-high 25 points on 5 of 8 from the perimeter. Backcourtmate D.J. McCommons scored 15 points on 5 of 7 from downtown, and Jeff McClintic tossed in 11 points off the bench on 3 of 5 from the outside.

On the inside, the Eagles got 10 points and seven rebounds from Kenny Gaynor, and Willie McKinney grabbed 10 boards.

Nick Brown had 16 points to lead Point Park. He had 11 points the first half and got the 10-0 run started with a trey. Gabe McNeal, who had 11 points, followed with a layup on one of Robbie Heatherington's seven assists. After a couple of free throws by Matt Noszka, Josh Pohlot connected on a 3-pointer for a 29-21, Point Park lead with 3:25 before the half.

But then CCU turned around its shooting, which had been cold to that point. McCommons, Hill and McClintic hit from downtown in succession, and Hill added another one just before the half.

The Eagles steadily pulled away the second half thanks to outscoring the Pioneers, 53-33, the final 20 minutes. A 7-0 run had the CCU lead into double digits for the first time, 49-39, with 14:07 left. The big blow was a 13-0 run that put the margin at 18 points, 65-47, with 8:48 to play.

The Eagles' big run included two 3-pointers, and it was finished off with three free throws from Nick Seibert. Before the run, Point Park had cut it to five, 52-47, on Heatherington's long-range bomb.

Point Park shot 42 percent overall and 8 for 22 from 3-point range (36 percent). CCU shot 46 percent from the field, which was boosted with its 50-percent showing from the perimeter. With the 15 3's, Cincinnati Christian was the seventh team this year to make at least that many versus Point Park.

Heatherington scored 11 points to give the Pioneers three players in double figures. He knocked down three treys to match Brown for the team-high in that category.

Point Park continues its KIAC, weekend road trip at Indiana East on Saturday at 2 p.m. The trip concludes with a game versus St. Louis College of Pharmacy at neutral side Midway (Ky.) College on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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