Point Park ends regular season with win over CCU, KIAC tourney up next
Feb. 17, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. ET
Senior Jimmy Taylor and the Pioneers got on KIAC win on Senior Day. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University ended the regular season with an 88-83 home win over Cincinnati Christian in a KIAC men's basketball game at CCAC-South Gym on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 15).
Point Park (14-10, 8-7 KIAC) kept its hopes alive for a possible KIAC home playoff game with the victory over Cincinnati Christian (14-15, 8-6 KIAC). The Pioneers are in fifth place in the conference standings, one half game behind Cincinnati Christian. The top four teams get a home playoff game in the KIAC Tournament quarterfinals Feb. 23.
T.J. Heatherington scored 26 points to lead a group of five Point Park seniors who may have been playing their final home game on Senior Day. Other seniors with big days included Jimmy Taylor with 16 points and four assists and Babatunde Somoye with eight points and 13 rebounds.
Freshman forward Matt Noszka came off the bench for the first time this year in favor of a senior-laden starting lineup, but the Chartiers Valley product came up big with 28 points and 14 rebounds. It was his sixth double-double of the year and second in row.
Cincinnati Christian had three players with big games led by guard D.J. McCommons with 25 points on 4 of 8 from long range. Kenny Gaynor, a 6-7 freshman, scored 18 points, and guard Mike Hill added 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Point Park led by as many as eight in the first half and took a 43-38 lead at the break. The Pioneers re-gained the eight-point lead at 68-60 with 7:54 remaining. Hill hit a jumper for CCU to cut the Point Park lead to 81-78 with 46 seconds left, but Point Park clinched the game at the foul line.
Although Point Park missed 14 free throws, it did made 25 foul shots in all. The Pioneers were 25 for 39 from the charity stripe (64 percent), and CCU was 7 for 7. CCU shot 48 percent from the field and made 12 of 28 (43 percent) from outside the arc. Point Park shot only 37 percent overall and 9 for 30 (30 percent) from deep but made up for it at the foul line and with a 48-37 edge on the boards the included 22 offensive rebounds.
Point Park led in second-chance points, 24-9, and held a 16-2 edge in points off turnovers. Point Park had only four turnovers compared to 13 for the Eagles.
Point Park will await its playoff opponent and destination after the final KIAC games are completed on Feb. 19. If Cincinnati Christian loses at sixth-place Berea (Ky.) (7-7 KIAC) on Feb. 19, then Point Park will play a home playoff game Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. If CCU wins that game, Point Park will go on the road with an opponent TBA.
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