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Men's Basketball Recap

Point Park cracks 100 points once again for home-opening win over PSU-B

Nov. 10, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. ET

Art Christian had 17 points off the bench verus Penn State-Beaver.


WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University men's basketball surpassed 100 points for the third time in four games and won its home opener, 111-87, versus Penn State-Beaver on Monday at night at CCAC-South Gym.

The Pioneers (3-1) were up by as many as 34 the first half and 38 the second half before going to the bench the last five minutes as Penn State-Beaver (0-1) got within 24 points at the final margin.

Point Park senior guard/forward Barry Smith, from Penn Hills, Pa., filled up the stat sheet with 23 points, 14 rebounds (seven offensive), five steals, four blocks and three assists. The 6-6 transfer from Bethune-Cookman made 9 of 12 field goals and already had 15 points at the half when the Pioneers were ahead, 60-31.

The Pioneers asserted even more control with an 11-2 run to open the second half for a 71-33 lead with 15:40 left, the largest margin of the game. Penn State-Beaver made 8 of 10 3-pointers the second half stay within 30 for the rest of the way. Point Park still led by 30, 100-70, when the starters came out late.

Matching Smith for team-high scoring honors was point guard Jerah'me Williams with 23 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds. Williams got the start at point guard since the Pioneers were without Yandell Denis for the game.

Sa'iid Allen put in 17 points as did Art Christian, and Matt Noszka totaled 14 points and eight rebounds. The Pioneers had a balanced perimeter attack with six different players making a 3-pointer and totaling 10 treys in all. Williams, Allen, Noszka and Christian nailed two 3-pointers apiece while Smith and T.J. Lanier made one each.

Point Park held a 51-38 advantage in rebounds, forced 22 turnovers and made more free throws (25) than Penn State-Beaver attempted (23). The Pioneers hot 51 percent from the floor, including 7 for 13 from 3-point range the second half.

Point Park continues non-conference play at home Wednesday night versus Penn State-Fayette for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at CCAC-South.