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Point Park men take lopsided loss at Asbury (Ky.) to open KIAC play

Jan. 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. ET



WILMORE, Ky. -- Point Park University men's basketball was on the wrong end of a lopsided game at Asbury (Ky.) University on Saturday, a 94-71 road loss in the KIAC opener for the Pioneers.

Point Park (8-5, 0-1 KIAC) was in its first game action since Dec. 6, and the Pioneers came out slowly as Asbury (11-3, 2-0 KIAC) built a 58-34 halftime lead. Although the Pioneers got their legs under them to outscore the Eagles, 37-36, over the final 20 minutes, the damage was done.

Asbury remained unbeaten at home with a 7-0 record at the Luce Center thanks to draining 11 3-pointers in the first half on their way to the 24-point lead at the break. The Eagles ended up making 14 of 33 treys on the day for 43-percent accuracy, although it was the hot shooting the last 10 minutes of the first half that put the Pioneers out of reach.

Point Park, which had four starters in double figures after eventually getting in rhythm as the game went on, was tied with Asbury at 10-10 with 15:00 left in the first half. Even though the Pioneers fell behind, 24-14, at the 12:02 mark, they clawed back and were right in the game with a 24-18 deficit with 11:19 to go before the half.

But Asbury caught fire and drained three treys on its way to a 37-22 lead just a few minutes later. Before the half was through, the Eagles, who rank ninth in the country with 42-percent shooting from the outside, had made seven 3-pointers in a span of 10 minutes.

Junior guard/forward T.J. Lanier had a game-high 23 points for Point Park, and the 6-6 native of Youngstown, Ohio, also added nine rebounds. It was the second start of the year and the second one in a row for Lanier, who made 10 of 15 field goals to lead the offense.

Barry Smith added 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Pioneers. Point guard Jerah'me Williams finished with 12 points and five assists, and Alan Heter came up with 10 points and eight rebounds. Final starter Yandell Denis led the team with 12 rebounds.

While Asbury had great success for the perimeter, the Pioneers were very cold with 2-for-19 shooting (11 percent) from deep. The Pioneers couldn't get a trey to go the first half (0 for 7) as they fell behind by 24. The second half had Point Park go 2 for 12 from beyond the arc as they could never cut the lead below 19.

Asbury's leading scorer, guard Kyle Lamb, had 14 points and made three treys. Kristian Morgan had 14 points on two treys. The outside attack also included Timmy Bradshaw with three treys in eight minutes of play and Daulton Peters with two treys in 10 minutes, both of whom came off the bench.

The Eagles had a slim lead on the boards, 47-45. They had Tyler Smith lead the way down low with 13 points and 16 rebounds, and C.J. Penny added 14 points.

Point Park has a chance to get right back into action on Sunday with another KIAC road game at Alice Lloyd (Ky.) with a 3 p.m. tipoff in Pippa Passes, Ky. Alice Lloyd is 5-9 overall and 2-0 KIAC after Saturday's home win over Carlow (1-10, 0-3) by a score of 76-68. The Eagles also own a win over perennial KIAC power, IU Southeast, 63-53, earlier this year.

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