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Men's Basketball Recap

Point Park drops another game to WVU Tech following same script, 90-70

Dec. 2, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Yandell Denis had a game-high 21 points for Point Park in the loss at WVU Tech. Photo by Chris Squier.


MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- Point Park University men's basketball lost to West Virginia Tech for the second time this year, 90-70, Tuesday on the road, and the latest defeat followed the same pattern as the home loss to the Golden Bears Nov. 25.

Point Park (7-3) once again held a one-possession lead at halftime over West Virginia Tech (8-3), but just like last week's 92-80 result, the Golden Bears had a big second half to pull away for the win.

Point Park held a 34-31 lead at halftime Tuesday night, and what was a close game for the first 28 minutes turned lopsided with West Virginia Tech's big run in the second half.

The Golden Bears pulled even at 45-45 on Leon Cooper's jumper with 12:20 left as the teams were tied for the seventh time on the night. That basket was the start of a 21-4 run over the next five minutes as WVU Tech took control for a 64-49 lead with 7:06 remaining.

The same pattern unfolded in last week's home loss to West Virginia Tech. Point Park led at halftime, 34-32, and although it built a 53-47 lead, the Golden Bears kicked their run into gear at the same point of the game with 12:31 remaining. Last week, it was 20-4 run by WVU Tech over six minutes that turned the game around.

West Virginia Tech shot just 29 percent the first half on Tuesday but eventually got the shots to fall the final 20 minutes. The Golden Bears made 55 percent of their field goals and 7 of 14 3-pointers the second half to outscore Point Park, 59-36, after the break.

Point Park was held to a season-low 70 points and 38-percent field goals for the game. Junior guard Yandell Denis had a game-high 21 points for Point Park. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was 5 for 8 from 3-point range, but the rest of the team did not have much luck from deep as they combined for 3 for 23 from the outside.

Point Park made 5 of 12 treys the first half to make up for a big discrepancy in rebounds, but it went cold from the outside the last 20 minutes and made just 3 of 15 attempts.

West Virginia Tech controlled the boards with a 49-36 advantage in rebounding. West Virginia Tech had more offensive rebounds (23) than Point Park did defensive rebounds (18). The Pioneers did come up with 18 offensive rebounds of their own, but they could not convert the second-chance opportunities given the cold shooting.

The Golden Bears also had a big advantage at the free-throw line where their 27-for-30 performance resulted in them making 15 more foul shots than the Pioneers attempted.

Also reaching double figures for Point Park was senior forward Alan Heter with 13 points and six rebounds on 6 of 8 field goals and junior point guard Jerah'me Williams with 11 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

West Virginia Tech had Nick Light come off the bench for 20 points -- all in the second half -- on 3 of 5 from deep and 9 for 9 from the foul line. Cooper had 14 of his 18 the second half and made 7 of 9 free throws. Eric Gordon knocked down a couple of treys and had all 10 of his points the second half.

Tuesday's game came a day after West Virginia Tech announced that it has been officially approved for membership into the KIAC. The Golden Bears will be full members of the conference starting in 2015-16. Point Park leads the all-time series between the schools, 6-3. The two games this year were the first time the teams met since 2010-11.

Point Park's busy week continues with Thursday's home game versus NAIA Division I Washington Adventist (4-5) at 7:30 p.m. That game is also a rematch of an earlier game this year won by Point Park, 80-70, on the road Nov. 19.

Watch Live -- Point Park vs. Washington Adventist on the Point Park Sports Network -- Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET

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