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M. Basketball Game Recap

Point Park men win at Cincinnati Christian, 83-70, despite long layoff

Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Gabe McNeal had 29 points in Friday's road win at CCU. Photo by Evan Skowvron.


CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Point Park University men's basketball team got back in action Friday night with an 83-70, KIAC win at Cincinnati Christian. It was the first game after a nine-day layoff for the Pioneers (12-8, 6-6 KIAC), who entered Friday with an 0-4 record after a layoff of eight or more days.

Gabe McNeal had 29 points and seven rebounds to lead Point Park in evening its KIAC record with three conference games remaining. The first of those is Saturday at IU East (7 p.m.). Before Friday's win at Cincinnati Christian (10-13, 4-4 KIAC), Point Park's previous game was a 112-94 home loss to IU East on Jan. 22.

Point guard T.J. Heatherington totaled 19 points and nine assists assists, and 6-9 center Babatunde Somoye had a big game with 14 points and 17 rebounds on 6 of 7 field goals.

Point Park enjoyed big leads of 16-6 and 38-20 the first half before settling on a 46-33 edge at the break. Cincinnati Christian reeled off nine straight points to start the second half and was within 46-42.

Although the Pioneers stretched the margin to 58-44 with 13:37 left, another 9-0 run by the Eagles cut the deficit to 58-53 a few minutes later. But Point Park stayed in control and was up, 67-60, at the nine-minute mark and then 77-67 with 2:21 to go.

Point Park shot 50 percent from the field even though it made only 4 of 17 from downtown (23.5 percent). Point Park held Cincinnati Christian to 31.9-percent shooting overall and 24.3 percent (9 for 37) from outside the arc. The 70 points given up were the third-lowest total yielded by the Pioneers this year.

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