Point Park men stunted by Asbury, 91-72, in KIAC home game, lose 4th straight
Dec. 17, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Josh Arnold (21) and the Pioneers didn't get much room to operate in the loss to Asbury. Photo by Olivia DiYanni
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University's 6-0 lead after 1:35 was short-lived as the Pioneers were never really in the game the rest of the way as Asbury (Ky.) University walked away with a 91-72, KIAC men's basketball victory on Monday night at CCAC-South Gym.
Point Park (5-5, 1-3 KIAC) lost its fourth straight game following a 5-1 start and lost its third KIAC game in a row to fall to 1-3 in the conference. The Pioneers will now take the next 12 days off for the holiday before trying to regroup Dec. 29-30 versus #17 IU Southeast and Brescia at home.
The 72 points versus Asbury (10-6, 1-0 KIAC) were a season low for the Pioneers, who entered the game ranking second in NAIA Division II at 95.8 ppg. But Point Park shot just 33 percent from the field including a dismal 7 for 32 (21 percent) from 3-point range.
Asbury turned around its early, 6-0 deficit for a double-digit lead of 21-11 just a few minutes later. By the time the Eagles were ahead, 30-16, at the 7:08 mark of the first half, Point Park had made just 6 of 27 field goals for 22 percent shooting.
Point Park never seriously threatened the lead from that point on, although it did get within a couple of possessions on a few occasions. Point Park trimmed the margin to five or six points a couple of times before the break, but then the Pioneers would come up empty on a few possessions. In the meantime, Asbury would bump the lead back up to double digits.
Asbury was ahead, 45-35, at halftime. Although Point Park got within 50-44 on Matt Noszka's layup with 17:45 left, all it took was Point Park to go 1 for 4 from the field with two turnovers on its next six possessions while Asbury ripped off a 10-0 run for a 60-46 lead. Asbury stayed ahead by nearly 15 points the rest of the way.
Noszka totaled 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Josh Arnold had 17 points and eight rebounds as the only other Point Park player in double figures.
Senior guard Adam Delph, a former University of Kentucky walk-on, had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Asbury. Dakotah Euton, a 6-8 forward, had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Austin Flannery had all of his points the first half, and slasher Lee'Vaughn Morris also finished with 15 points.
Asbury's next game will be when Point Park visits the school in Wilmore, Ky., on Jan. 5.
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