Point Park gets offense going to snap skid, beats Brescia (KY), 97-84
Dec. 30, 2012 at 11:50 p.m. ET
Jimmy Taylor had 20 points and was 4 for 9 from long range in Sunday's win. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's basketball team got its offense going in a much-needed win, 97-84, over Brescia (Ky.) University on Sunday at CCAC-South Gym.
The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for Point Park, which improved to 6-6 overall and 2-4 in the KIAC. The Pioneers had been stuck scoring in the 70s in its previous two games -- both KIAC home losses that dropped them to 1-4 in the conference. But Point Park got the shots to fall Sunday to win for the first time since Nov. 21.
Jimmy Taylor had a big game for Point Park in his second start in 12 games. He came up big with 20 points and four assists and was 4 for 9 from long range. T.J. Heatherington poured in 23 points to go with seven assists.
Josh Arnold picked up a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Asa Braxton added 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Center Babatunde Somoye chipped in 12 points with 10 coming in the first half.
Taylor and Somoye played big roles in the Pioneers getting out to an early lead. When Point Park was ahead, 31-19, midway through the first half, Taylor had already scored 13 points and Somoye 10. The Pioneers led, 51-45, at halftime as Arnold scored 14 of his 16 the first 20 minutes.
Heatherington had a big second half with 18 points coming after halftime. He was 8 for 9 from the foul line on the day, and Point Park was 21 for 25 (84 percent).
Brescia's only lead the entire day was a brief one in the first half at 40-39. That lead lasted one possession, and the only time the game was tied was when the Bearcats (5-9, 1-1 KIAC) pulled even at 73-73 with 9:50 remaining.
Point Park responded by producing a key run, an 18-5 spurt that won the game. The run was capped off by Robbie Heatherington hitting a 3-pointer and then feeding Braxton for a transition layup. Braxton's bucket gave him eight points during the run and made the score 91-78 with 4:25 left.
Brescia got a big day out of two players as Myron Christian scored 26 points, and Hunter Rowe had 20.
Point Park's next games are Jan. 4-5 when it travels to Alice Lloyd (Ky.) and Asbury (Ky.) for a pair of KIAC games.