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Point Park men beat Carlow in first-ever meeting with Celtics, 88-73

Feb. 3, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. ET

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Sa'iid Allen had 15 points and four 3-pointers in the win at Carlow. Photo by Chris Squier.

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PITTSBURGH -- In the first-ever meeting in men's basketball between the schools, Point Park University opened up a 20-point lead in the second half and won at Carlow University, 88-73, in a KIAC game at Oakland Catholic High School Tuesday night.

Point Park (12-9, 4-4 KIAC) put a stop to a two-game losing streak and pulled away from Carlow (2-18, 0-9 KIAC) with an outside shooting barrage the last 10 minutes of the first half.

Trailing 14-8 midway through the first half, the Pioneers went on an 18-0 run for a 26-14 advantage. Point Park stretched the lead to 42-29 as Jerah'me Williams drained a 3-pointer near the halftime buzzer for three of his game-high 24 points.

The Pioneers made eight treys in the first half and a total of 11 for the game. Williams, who dished out nine assists, tied Sa'iid Allen for the team lead in treys as the backcourt duo hit four apiece. Allen finished with 15 points in his first start in 10 games.

The 3-point shooting helped the Pioneers shake off a sluggish start that saw Carlow jump out to a 10-1 lead the first four minutes. But Williams hit twice in a row from downtown to tie things at 14-14, and Allen and Art Christian followed with treys of their own. Then Allen hit again from the outside for the double-digit lead moments later.

Barry Smith, a 6-6 senior forward, posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the year. T.J. Lanier chipped in 12 points for his 11th straight game in double figures. The 6-6 junior has started the last 10 games.

Point Park kept the pedal down in the second half as it bumped the lead to 65-45 and then to as high as 72-51 with 10:20 to go. The Pioneers were still up, 80-62, when they went to their bench for the last five minutes.

Carlow, which is in its first year fielding a men's basketball team, had 18 points from Charlie Scharbo and 17 from Austin Matta. Carlow committed 13 turnovers compared to just five for Point Park.

The victory evened Point Park's conference record at 4-4 KIAC and put the Pioneers alone in second place in the KIAC North Division. Rio Grande (16-9, 3-5 KIAC) lost at IU Southeast, 90-85, on Tuesday to fall to third place.

The Pioneers are 2.5 games back of KIAC North leader IU East (19-7, 7-2 KIAC) with five games to play. Two of those games are versus IU East, which moved up to No. 22 in Tuesday's NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll but lost later in the night at Cincinnati Christian, 87-73.

Point Park visits IU East for its next game Sunday at 3 p.m. in Richmond, Ind. It is the beginning for a key, two-game stretch, which also has the Pioneers hosting Rio Grande on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

NOTES: The Pioneers have never lost more than two games in a row at any point this year. Tuesday's win at Carlow stopped a two-game skid for the third time this season...At 12-9, Point Park has surpassed last year's win total. The Pioneers were 11-17 a year ago...Point Park improved to 10-2 when scoring 80 or more points. The Pioneers are 2-7 when scoring less than 80...With just five turnovers at Carlow, Point Park has only 14 turnovers its last three games. The Pioneers have four straight games with less than 10 turnovers (9, 6, 3, 5).