Point Park rides first-half run to road victory over Washington Adventist
Nov. 19, 2014 at 10:20 p.m. ET
Alan Heter had 25 points and 9 rebounds in the win at Washington Adventist. Photo by Chris Squier.
TACOMA PARK, Md. -- Point Park University used a late first-half run to turn the game in its favor and rode that momentum to an 80-70 victory at Washington Adventist University in a non-conference men's basketball game Wednesday night.
Point Park (5-1) closed the first half on an 18-2 run to turn a seven-point deficit into a nine-point lead, 35-26, at halftime. The Pioneers maintained a double-digit advantage in the second half until the final moments when Washington Adventist (2-3) made a final push.
A 9-0 run by Washington Adventist got the Shock within 73-68 with 2:00 to go, but the Pioneers came up with four defensive stops in a row and made their free throws to make it a double-digit win.
It was defense and rebounding that turned the tide in Point Park's favor after it got down, 24-17, with eight minutes left in the first half. The Pioneers' defense held the Shock scoreless the final 6:54 of the first half. With WAU missing, Point Park cleared the rebounds and went to the other end for scores.
Point Park senior forward Alan Heter had 13 of his game-high 25 points by halftime. Also keying the run were T.J. Lanier and Art Christian, who combined for 12 points off the bench during the 18-2 run.
Lanier and Christian both hit a 3-pointer to get the run started. Lanier, who finished with 12 points, also scored twice inside to spark the rally.
Jerah'me Williams added 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds for Point Park. The junior guard had 12 points and hit a couple of treys after halftime to keep the Pioneers ahead.
Senior forward Barry Smith collected nine points and a game-high 13 points to lead Point Park's effort on the boards. The Pioneers controlled the rebounding, 50-36. Junior guard Yandell Denis contributed seven points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Point Park took its biggest lead of the game, 63-47, on Lanier's old-fashioned 3-point play with 8:42 remaining. Before that basket, there was a dunk by Heter, another inside bucket by Heter and a steal and transition layup by Denis.
The Point Park defense held Washington Adventist to just 35 percent shooting, including 30 percent (10 for 33) the first half. The Shock made only 8 of 31 from beyond the arc for 26 percent.
Point Park itself had a cold shooting night from the perimeter at 4 for 19 (21 percent) but made up for it in other ways. The Pioneers also overcome 25 turnovers versus the Washington Adventist press. WAU made 23 turnovers.
Washington Adventist is a member of NAIA Division I and the Association of Independent Institutions. The Shock are also members of USCAA Divison I, and it won the national championship in that division last year.
Point Park had a similar result versus Washington Adventist as did NAIA Division II No. 8 Robert Morris (Ill.), which also got a 10-point win, 69-59, over the Shock. WAU visits Point Park on Dec. 4 for the second half of the home-and-home series.
Point Park was scheduled to visit the Buffalo State Coles Classice Thursday and Friday, but the tournament was cancelled due to the snow storm in Buffalo, N.Y. The Pioneers will next be in actin Monday at PSU-Beaver and on Tuesday with a home game versus West Virginia Tech.
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