Point Park improves to 7-2 with home win over Maine-Fort Kent, 94-72
Dec. 1, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Sa'iid Allen works against Maine-Fort Kent's Qaadir Ali in Monday's win at CCAC-South. Photo by Chris Squier.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's basketball team improved to 7-2 and started off its busy week with a home win over Maine-Fort Kent, 94-72, on Monday night at CCAC-South Gym.
The Pioneers (7-2) will play four games in the six-day span that started on Monday, and that stretch continues with Tuesday's rematch at West Virginia Tech, which dealt Point Park one of its only two losses, 92-80, on Nov. 25.
Freshman guard Sa'iid Allen scored a game-high 25 points and made 5 of 10 3-pointers to lead four Point Park players in double figures and ensure that the Pioneers got their week off on a winning track. The native of Baton Rouge, La., made 10 of 19 field goals overall and led the Pioneers' attack from the perimeter, which made 12 of 28 treys on the night for 43 percent.
Point Park senior forward Alan Heter had 13 of his 18 points before halftime as the Pioneers built a 19-point lead, 50-31, at the break. Heter was 7 of 9 from the field and 4 for 4 from the foul line. The 6-7 product of Montour High School scored on a 3-point play to put Point Park up, 15-5, after four minutes.
Junior guard/forward T.J. Lanier added 12 points off the bench in just 15 minutes and was 2 of 3 from long range. Point guard Jerah'me Williams, a junior, also knocked down a couple of treys on his way to 10 points, four assists and three steals.
Point Park controlled the rebounds, 50-39, and it was senior forward Barry Smith leading the way with a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with nine points, two blocks and three steals. Junior guard Yandell Denis, who is 6-4, was next in rebounds for the Pioneers with eight points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Point Park's big lead at the half came after the Pioneers' defense held Maine-Fort Kent (1-4) to 32-percent shooting (12 for 37) the first 20 minutes. The Pioneers also held a 29-18 rebounding edge in that time frame.
The Pioneers had a brief lull that saw the Bengals cut the lead to single digits midway through the second half, but Point Park's outside shooting took control and put the game out of reach.
Maine-Fort Kent's brief uprising -- a 10-2 run that lasted two minutes -- cut the Point Park lead to 64-57 with 11:28 to go. The run was finished off with an old-fashioned 3-point play by James Givens and a trey by Mauro Vicic. Just like that, Point Park's 15-point lead of 62-47 was down to seven points.
But Point Park quickly pushed the advantage back to double digits behind its outside shooting. Point Park followed UMFK's run with a 13-4 spurt of its own. The run was highlighted by three treys from Allen, who connected twice in a row from the outside to stretch the lead to 77-61 with 6:01 left.
For good measure, Art Christian and Lanier each hit from the outside in the next two minutes as the Point Park lead grew to 88-66 with 3:36 left. Point Park was 7 fo 13 (54 percent) from 3-point range in the second half. The Pioneers entered the game ranking second in NAIA Division II with 11 made 3-pointers per game.
Maine-Fort Kent had a big bench performance with Joe McCloskey, a 6-7 forward, leading the charge with 19 points and 10 rebounds as a reserve. Givens came off the bench for 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Vicic made five treys for 15 points off the bench.
The Pioneers tipoff at West Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. The matchup also has new meaning given Monday's news that West Virginia Tech has been officially approved as a new member to the KIAC. Tuesday's game will be a non-conference matchup, but the Pioneers and Golden Bears will be conference opponents starting in the 2015-16 school year.
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