Point Park runs away with first-ever KIAC win, 118-83, over visiting Alice Lloyd (Ky.)
Nov. 21, 2012 at 5:10 p.m. ET
Matt Noszka had 32 points and 11 rebounds in the 118-83, KIAC win over ALC. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University kept the pedal to the metal with its high-scoring offense and beat visiting Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College, 118-83, in its first-ever KIAC men's basketball game on Wednesday (Nov. 21).
The Pioneers (5-1, 1-0 KIAC) are new members of the KIAC this year and started their tenure in the league with a bang. Point Park put another six players in double figures and upped its season scoring average to 99.0 ppg with the win over the Eagles (4-5, 0-1 KIAC).
Point Park was ahead, 57-37, at halftime and had cracked the 90-point mark with still more than 11 minutes left in the game. Jimmy Taylor knocked down one of Point Park's season-high 15 3-pointers for a 91-56 lead with 11:31 to go. The Pioneers scored 61 points the final 20 minutes and sank 10 of their 15 treys the second half to pour it on.
Freshman forward Matt Noszka, from Chartiers Valley High School, led all scorers with 32 points, made 5 of 9 3-pointers and registered a double-double with 11 rebounds. It was a career high in points for the 6-4 forward.
Gabe McNeal, a junior from Richmond, Va., came off the bench for 21 points, five assists, three steals and 5 of 9 from the perimeter. The transfer from Shaw (N.C.) is the son or former Pitt star Chris McNeal.
Point guard T.J. Heatherington scored all 15 of his points the first half and finished with five assists and two steals. Jimmy Taylor scored 16 off the bench to go along with seven assists and a couple of treys.
Josh Arnold added 13 points and six rebounds, and Babatunde Somoye came in with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Point Park shot 52 percent for the game, which included 56 percent (24 for 43) the second half. The second-half onslaught featured 10-for-20 from shooting from long range. Point Park ended up 15 for 33 from downtown for 46 percent.
Alice Lloyd shot 47 percent and placed five players in double figures but could not keep up. Terry Muse, a 6-9 center, had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Isaac Wilson had a team-high 23 points.
Point Park came out hot and was enjoying a 15-2 lead after five minutes. The Pioneers were shooting 7 of 10 with a couple of treys to that point while Alice Lloyd was struggling with a 1-for-11 start.
But the Eagles responded with a 15-2 run of their own to tie the score at 17-17 with 10:47 to go in the first half. Then Point Park outscored ALC, 40-20, before halftime for the 57-37 lead at the break.
Point Park maintained the 20-point lead out of locker room, and was ahead, 72-51 with 14;22 to go. That's when the Pioneers really stretched things out.
Over the next three minutes, the Pioneers made five 3-pointers -- two each from Noszka and McNeal and another by Taylor -- for a 91-56 lead with 11:31 remaining. The 19-5 run also included a fast-break layup by McNeal and an inside jumper by Noszka.
The lead grew to as many as 40, 116-76, at the 2:46 mark.
Point Park's next game is a showdown with NCAA Division II No. 1 West Liberty on the road. The Hilltoppers averaged 98.5 ppg.
NOTES: In its last three games, Point Park has scored 107, 107 and 118 points...The other times in school history that Point Park played its first game in a new conference were a 87-71 loss to Walsh in the first game in the AMC (11-30-99) and a 97-80 win over La Roche in its first game in the KECC (1-10-94).