Watch Live! Point Park vs. Cincinnati Christian in KIAC Tournament
Updated -- Feb. 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Point Park's Alan Heter (center) battles CCU's Mitch McLeish and Kenny Gaynor Jan. 20. Photo by Sam Robinson.
KIAC Tournament Quarterfinals -- Cincinnati Christian (20-10, 8-5) at Point Park (14-12, 6-7), Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
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PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University men's basketball learned its playoff opponent on Monday night, and it'll be two teams that have gotten to know each other very well when the Pioneers host Cincinnati Christian on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the quarterfinals of the KIAC Tournament. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at CCAC-South Gym.
Point Park (14-12, 6-7 KIAC) will play 20-game winner Cincinnati Christian (20-10, 8-5 KIAC) for the third time this season and the eighth time in the last three years with the winner advancing to the KIAC Tournament semifinals Feb. 28. The eight-team conference playoffs tip off Wednesday. The finals are scheduled for March 3 at the highest remaining seed.
It will be the second time in three years that Point Park and Cincinnati Christian meet in the first round of the playoffs. Point Park lost at CCU in the 2012-13 KIAC quarterfinals, 87-60.
Point Park won each of the previous two meetings this year, 75-71, in a non-conference matchup Dec. 6, and 78-76, in a KIAC game Jan. 20 when CCU was ranked No. 17 in the NAIA Division II Top 25. The Pioneers will be going for the rare attempt to beat a team three times in one season.
The Pioneers have won three in a row versus Cincinnati Christian to take a lead of 4-3 in the all-time series. The home team is 7-0 in the matchup and 1-0 in the playoffs. Wednesday will mark the fourth time in a row that CCU will travel to Point Park.
Point Park and Cincinnati Christian will once again have their contrasting styles meet, and for the second time in three years for a win-or-go-home matchup. Point Park is eighth in NAIA DII in scoring offense at 86.8 ppg. Cincinnati Christian counters with the top scoring defense in the KIAC at 69.9 ppg.
Cincinnati Christian is one of the best shooting teams in the nation as it makes 40.4 percent from beyond the arc as a team to rank sixth in the country. Guard Mitch McLeish (14.3 ppg) leads the perimeter attack with 65 treys, and D.J. McCommons (10.0 ppg) has made 40. Kenny Gaynor (12.7 ppg) is a 6-7 forward averaging a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game.
Point Park has all five starters averaging in double figures led by point guard Jerah'me Williams (19.2 ppg), the KIAC assist leader at 6.7 apg. Forwards Alan Heter (13.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Barry Smith (12.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg) are the top offensive rebounding duo in the KIAC.
Cincinnati Christian has spent several weeks ranked in the NAIA DII Top 25 Poll this season. But the Eagles dropped to third place in the KIAC South Division with Saturday's loss on a buzzer beater at Brescia (Ky.), 74-72, and with Asbury's 74-64 win over Alice Lloyd (Ky.) on Monday night.
Point Park won the right to host a quarterfinal game by earning second place in the KIAC North Division. The top two teams in each division host games on Wednesday. The Point Park-CCU winner will meet the winner of KIAC South champion Brescia (Ky.) versus KIAC North fourth-place team IU Kokomo on Feb. 28 at the higher remaining seed.
Live streaming video of Cincinnati Christian at Point Park will air on the Point Park Sports Network on Team1Sports.com.
KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament
Feb. 25 -- Quarterfinals
#3S Cincinnati Christian at #2N Point Park, 7:30 p.m.
#4N IU Kokomo at #1S Brescia (Ky.), 8 p.m.
#3N Rio Grande at #2S Asbury (Ky.), 8 p.m.
#4S Alice Lloyd (Ky.) at #1N IU East, 7 p.m.
Feb. 28 -- Semifinals
Cincinnati Christian-Point Park Winner vs. IU Kokomo-Brescia Wiinner
Rio Grande-Asbury Winner vs. Alice Lloyd-IU East Winner
March 3 -- Finals
Remaining Teams at Higher Seed