Point Park offense comes up cold in 72-63 loss at Alice Lloyd (Ky.)
Jan. 4, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. ET
Alan Heter had his fifth double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Photo by Chris Squier.
PIPPA PASSES, Ky. -- Point Park University men's basketball never got its offense out of first gear and lost at Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 72-63, on Sunday, its second KIAC road loss in as many days.
The Pioneers (8-6, 0-2 KIAC) registered a season-low with 63 points although they entered the weekend ranked second in NAIA Division II with 93.2 points per game.
Point Park will return home to Pittsburgh with an 0-2 conference record as it started KIAC play less than 24 hours earlier with a 94-71 loss at Asbury (Ky.) on Saturday. This weekend was the first game action for the Pioneers since Dec. 6.
Despite the slow-going on the offensive end, Point Park was still up at halftime, 32-29, at Alice Lloyd. The Pioneers scored the first bucket of the second half for their largest lead of the game, 34-29, but that's when Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (6-10, 3-0 KIAC) took control.
The Eagles, who remained unbeaten in the KIAC, reeled off a 10-2 run for a 39-36 lead with 17:36 remaining. The spurt, which last two minutes, gave Alice Lloyd the lead for good as the host Eagles successfully kept Point Park at bay. They even enjoyed a nine-point lead on a couple of occasions.
Point Park was not lighting it up the nets by any means the first half with 37-percent shooting. It did make 4 of 10 3-pointers, however, which resulted in the lead. But the Pioneers cooled off to 28 percent from the floor (10 for 35) and 18 percent from long range (3 for 16) the final 20 minutes.
With Point Park coming up empty at the rim, Alice Lloyd remained ahead, if only by a possession or two. The Eagles had their shooting struggles -- 3 for 21 from long range, which included 0 for 10 the second half -- but they worked the ball around for higher percentage shots closer to the basket.
Despite the 3-for-21 performance from deep, Alice Lloyd made 27 of its 46 field-goal attempts from inside the arc, a clip of 59-percent accuracy. The Eagles also took care of business at the foul line making 9 of 12 on the day and 5 of 6 in the final minute after Point Park got within 67-63.
Alice Lloyd worked its first nine-point lead at 52-43 on Trevor Tiller's alley-oop dunk with 9:00 to go. But Point Park got back into it as Jerah'me Williams' trey made the score 52-49 a few minutes later.
Alice Lloyd again went up by nine when Cody Stumbo drove to the hoop for two and a 62-53 lead with 4:00 left. The Eagles continued getting to the hoop on Tyler Rogers' dunk that maintained the lead at 67-58 at the 1:09 mark.
But Point Park made things interesting as Yandell Denis converted an old-fashioned 3-point play and then stole the ensuing inbounds pass. Denis fed Williams for a layup, and the Pioneers were within 67-63 with 50 seconds left.
Point Park was forced to foul, and Rogers made both free throws. At the other end, Williams misfired on a trey. After Alvin Crisp made 1 of 2 foul shots for Alice Lloyd, Denis came up empty on another trey.
Tiller's two foul shots then sealed the deal for the Eagles, 72-63, as ALC scored the final five points of the game, all of which came at the free throw line.
The foul line loomed large for Point Park as it made only 10 of 21 from there. The Pioneers forced 20 turnovers, which they turned into an 18-8 advantage in points off of, but they couldn't take advantage. And with Point Park struggling from the floor and the line, Alice Lloyd cleaned up the rebounds, 48-38.
T.J. Lanier continued his consistent play with 16 points for Point Park, and Williams finished with 14. Alan Heter recorded his fifth double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Denis gave the Pioneers four starters in double figures with 12.
Crisp scored a game-high 17 points for Alice Lloyd. Rogers and Tiller each finished with 14 points.
Point Park returns to Pittsburgh for a few days before going on another KIAC road trip Jan. 7. The Pioneers play that day at conference newcomer Rio Grande (Ohio) (10-4, 0-0 KIAC) with tipoff at 5 p.m.
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