Heatherington's 42 leads Pioneers to 110-97 win over visiting Berea (Ky.)
Feb. 9, 2013 at 11:15 p.m. ET
T.J. Heatherington tied a career high with 42 points in Saturday win over Berea. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- T.J. Heatherington tied a career-high with 42 points and made it a double-double with 10 assists to lead the Point Park men's basketball team (13-9, 7-7 KIAC) to a 110-97 win over KIAC foe Berea (Ky.) College (15-12, 7-5 KIAC) on Saturday at CCAC-South.
Heatherington made 8 of 20 from the field and 22 of 25 from the foul line but ended up three points shy of tying the school record for points in a game of 45 held by Gabe Bubon ('99-00) and Kris Douse ('10-11). He did set a single-game, school record with the 22 free throws made, which broke his own record of 21 accomplished three different times last year.
By matching his career-high total of 42 points on January 4, 2012 at Salem International, Heatherington became just the second Point Park player to ever score 40+ points in a game more than once. The only other Pioneer player to do that was all-time leading scorer Bobby Franklin with games of 44 and 42 points. There's only been eight 40-point games in the 46-year history of Point Park men's basketball, and Heatherington and Franklin account for four of them.
Center Babatunde Somoye, a 6-9 native of London, England, added 12 points and 18 rebounds for Point Park, which was ahead, 60-52, after a high-scoring first half. Somoye made 5 of 8 field goals and successfully kept from fouling out although he picked up his fourth foul with several minutes left on the clock.
Josh Pohlot, a junior forward from Belle Vernon, Pa., had a strong game with 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and the 6-4 Pohlot scored inside to pad Point Park's lead to 96-86 with 4:49 to go.
Gabe McNeal scored 14 points to give the Pioneers four players in double figures. Guard Seth Beckham had 31 points to lead five Berea players in double digits.
Every time Berea would get close, Heatherington made a big bucket for the Pioneers. He was 4 for 8 from long range, and he hit second-half treys to give Point Park leads of 72-64 with 15:30 left, 79-70 with 13 minutes left and 86-78 with 9:20 to go.
Point Park shot 49 percent from the field and 11 of 30 from long distance. Berea shot 37 percent overall and made only 8 of 30 treys (27 percent) but still ended up with 97 points. Point Park held a 51-50 edge on the boards.
The teams split the season series as Point Park lost at Berea, 96-90, on Jan. 11. Point Park is in the hunt for a KIAC home playoff game Feb. 23 with one more conference game left, at home Feb. 16 vs. Cincinnati Christian (1 p.m.). The Pioneers play a mid-week, non-conference home game vs. Daemen on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Note: With his 42 points and 10 assists, T.J. Heatherington moved into 7th place on Point Park's all-time scoring chart with 1,531 for his career. Next up is Gavin Prosser with 1,539. He also moved into 4th place in career assists with 466, one behind Brian Tomasic in 3rd. He passed Randy Smith (1,494) on the scoring list and Lloyd Franklin (456) on the assists list.
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