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Men's Basketball Recap

Point Park wins big at Ohio Christian for first victory of 2013-14 season, 97-72

Nov. 8, 2013

Robbie Heatherington had 21 points and 9 assists in the win at Ohio Christian. Photo by Evan Skowvron.



CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio -- Nick Brown poured in 35 points and 10 rebounds, and Robbie Heatherington totaled 21 points and nine assists to lead the Point Park University men's basketball team to its first victory of the 2013-14 season, 97-72, at Ohio Christian on Friday night.

It was the second night of the Ohio Christian Tournanment for the Pioneers, who are now 1-2 on the year. Point Park finishes up its stay at the OCU Tournament on Saturday versus Trinity International (Ill.) at 2 p.m. WATCH LIVE

Friday's matchup with Ohio Christian (1-1) was a game for all of about five minutes when the host Trailblazers led, 15-14, with 14:54 left in the first half. But then Point Park turned up its offense and steadily built the lead to 56-35 by halftime.

Brown, a 6-7 senior from Bristolville, Ohio, and a transfer from West Liberty (W.Va.), had 21 points by halftime. For the night, he made 8 of 19 field goals and 16 of 18 free throws. Six of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive end.

Heatherington, a senior from Serra Catholic High School, played all 40 minutes, and his 21 points came on 4 of 8 from the field 2 of 3 from long range and 11 of 11 from the foul line. Heatherington had nine assists compared to just four turnovers, and the Pioneers had only eight turnovers as a team.

Sophomore forward Matt Noszka registered his second double-double of the tournament with 15 points and 14 rebounds, and senior guard Gabe McNeal tallied 15 points on 7 of 16 shooting. Final starter Alan Heter came in with eight rebounds to help the Pioneers lead on the boards, 42-40.

Point Park's starters accounted for 88 of the 97 points. The Pioneers shot 40 percent from the floor and had a field day at the foul line maek 31 of 36 attempts for 86 percent. It was a big improvement over the previous night in which Point Park went to the line just four times and made all four attempts in an 87-84 loss to NAIA DII No. 6 Robert Morris (Ill.).

Point Park had at least a 20-point lead for the duration of the second half. The margin got as big as 29 points, 78-49, with 10:00 to go. Ohio Christian shot 38 percent from the field, which was majorly brought down by going 6 for 35 (17 percent) from dowtown.

Ernie McCoy was the only player in double figures for the Trailblazers, who are the defending National Chistian College Athletic Association national champions. The OCU team received its national championship rings prior to Friday night's game.