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M. Basketball Game Recap

Point Park men used balanced scoring to rout PSU-Fayette, 107-61

Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Josh Arnold's breakaway dunk gave Point Park at 24-12 lead in the first half. Photo by Evan Skowvron.


WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University made 14 3-pointers and put six players in double figures in Monday night's 107-61 rout of Penn State-Fayette in a non-conference men's basketball game at CCAC-South Gym.

The Pioneers (4-1) made seven treys in each half and very nearly had eight players score more than 10 points. As it was, Asa Braxton put in 22 points on 5 of 5 from 3-point range, Josh Arnold added 19 points and 11 rebounds and Babatunde Somoye registered 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way.

T.J. Heatherington and Gabe McNeal each had 12 points, and Robbie Heatherington added 10 points and nine assists. The Pioneers had 29 assists on 39 field goals with T.J. Heatherington totaling five assists, and Braxton and McNeal four each. Jimmy Taylor and Matt Noszka each had eight points in the balanced-scoring attack.

Penn State-Fayette (1-3) made 32 turnovers on the night, and Point Park took advantage by getting its transition game and spot-up 3-point shooting going. Braxton had a team-high four steals, and all 10 Point Park players who say action had at least one steal.

Point Park was ahead, 17-12, with 15 minutes left in the first half and then turned on the offense. The Pioneers outscored the Roaring Lions, 29-10, over the next 10 minutes to go up, 46-22, with 4:48 before the half. Point Park had made 7 of 11 treys at that point.

Point Park's 55-32 lead at halftime featured five players with at least eight points the first 20 minutes. T.J. Heatherington had all 12 of his points the first half, Arnold had 10, and Somoye, Noszka and Robbie Heatherington had eight each.

The Pioneers continued to push the lead in the second half and was ahead by 30 points, 69-39, when Arnold made a layup with 14:36 left. One of Braxton's four 3-pointers in the second half came with 8:58 remaining to extend the lead to 38 points, 86-48. The lead got as big as 46, 101-55, on Taylor's long-range jumper with 2:11 left.

Point Park ended up shooting 49 percent from the field and 39 percent (14 for 36) from outside the arc. The Pioneers held a 54-43 edge in rebounds and held PSU-Fayette to 34-percent (25 for 74) shooting. Forward David Winns had 15 points, and swing man Brandon Cunningham had 14 to lead PSU-Fayette.

The Pioneers scored 107 points for the second straight game. Point Park beat St. Francis (IN), 107-97, in overtime on Saturday after erasing a 14-point deficit in the second half. In the last 10 minutes of regular and the overtime, Point Park outscored St. Francis, 45-21.

Point Park is averaging 95.2 ppg to rank in the top five in NAIA Division II. The Pioneers have only once scored less than 89 points in a game and have eight players averaging more than 9.2 ppg.

Point Park has its first-even Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game this Wednesday when it hosts Alice Lloyd (Ky.) at 2 p.m. It is the first of 17 KIAC games for the Pioneers.

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