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Men's Basketball Recap

Point Park beats Trinity International (IL), 95-88, to even record at 2-2 overall

Nov. 9, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Gabe McNeal had 17 points in the 95-88 win over Trinity International at the OCU Tourney. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.



CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio -- The Point Park University men's basketball team is coming out of its four-games-in-four-days stretch to open the season with a 2-2 record thanks to Saturday's 95-88 win over NAIA Trinity International (Ill.) to finish up its stay at the Ohio Christian Tournament.

Despite playing its fourth game in four days and the its fourth game of the year overall, Point Park (2-2) got the win Saturday using essentially five players. And those five starters produced 93 of the 95 points.

Senior forward Nick Brown had a strong, all-around game with 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. He also made 5 of 12 from 3-point range as part of the Pioneers' attack from the outside.

Point Park made 14 treys, and sophomore forward Matt Noszka was 5 of 8 from distance on his way to 27 points, 16 rebounds and four steals. Noszka had a double-double in all three games of the OCU Tournament, where Point Park won 2 of 3 games.

Senior guard Gabe McNeal produced 17 points and eight rebounds, and fellow senior guard Robbie Heatherington totaled 15 points, six assists and 3 of 6 from 3-point land. Forward Alan Heter had 10 points as all five starters were in double figures.

The only bench player to see time was Kyerell Scott. The short bench got even shorter when Heatherington hurt his ankle in the last few minutes. Point Park's double-digit lead at the time did shrink, but the Pioneers were able to hang on for the important win.

The Point Park bench got steadily shorter throughout the weekend as T.J. Lanier injured his ankle Thursday night, and Josh Pohlot hurt his ankle Friday night. Heatherington made it three of the Pioneers' top eight players going down on the weekend.

But Point Park had plenty of offense on the weekend to go 2-1 in the tourney scoring 87, 97, and 95 points in the three games. The Pioneers had another big first half Saturday versus Trinity International (1-3) getting out a 55-39 lead after 20 minutes.

Trinity International got back into the game the second half with 62-percent shooting (18 for 29) after halftime. The Trojans were 6 of 10 from downtown the last 20 minutes. Nate Hall had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead four players in double figures. Thomas Amrine came off the bench for 17 points and made 5 of 10 treys.

Point Park shot 44 percent on the night, and Trinity International ended up shooting 47 percent for the game. The Pioneers led on the board, 45-36, including 19 offensive boards.

Point Park will now take a .500 record into Tuesday's KIAC opener versus conference newcomer IU Kokomo. Tipoff at CCAC-South is 3 p.m.

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