Point Park men out-gunned by Daemen, 101-94, in non-conference game
Feb. 13, 2013 at 10:45 p.m. ET
Matt Noszka's 17 points, 13 rebounds and four 3-pointers weren't enough in Wednesday's loss. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
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WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Daemen (N.Y.) College's Casey Sheehan had a game-high 31 points and teammate Jim Regan added 30 as the Wildcats out-gunned Point Park University for a 101-94, non-conference win in men's basketball action at CCAC-South Gym on Wednesday night.
Daemen (25-5) entered the game averaging 90.9 points per game, and Point Park (13-10, 7-7 KIAC) came in at 94.5 points per game, good for second in NAIA Division II.
But it was Daemen who won in a shootout and got its team record for wins in a season (25) as Sheehan and Regan made big play after big play every time Point Park would get close. Point Park battled back from being down, 53-40, at the half and by as many as 17 points, 57-40, early in the second half to make it close.
But after Point Park cut the lead to 82-81 on Gabe McNeal's free throws with 5:54 left, Daemen put the game away behind Sheehan, a senior guard who had 24 points and made four 3-pointers the second half. Sheehan hit two treys and then made a steal and a transition layup to put the Wildcats up, 95-85, with 2:00 to go. In the game, Sheehan surpassed the 1,000-career point milestone.
McNeal led five Point Park players in double figures with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He and Matt Noszka, who had 17 points and 13 rebounds, each knocked down four 3-pointers. Point Park made 13 treys as a team and shot 43 percent from beyond the arc, but that could not keep up with Daemen.
Daemen shot 54 percent overall and 50 percent from 3-point range (10 for 20). Point Park ended up shooting 44 percent, and that was aided by some hot shooting in the second half. The Pioneers made 9 of 18 from distance the final 20 minutes to cut into the lead.
Asa Braxton came off the bench for 13 points and hit three times from long range to aid in the comeback attempt. Point guard T.J. Heatherington finished with 15 points and eight assists although he battled foul trouble. After Heatherington picked up his third foul at the 9:51 mark of the first half, the Pioneers went from being down 24-21 to down 41-31 within a few minutes.
Josh Pohlot added 11 points, and Babatunde Somoye chipped in eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Pioneers.
With his 15 points and eight assists, Heatherington moved up the Point Park all-time charts in both categories. He now has 1,548 career points to place 6th in school history, and he passed Gavin Prosser (1,539) on Wednesday. He also has 474 career assists, good for 2nd in school history, and he passed Brian Tomasic (466) and Prosser (474) with his latest effort.
Next up on the scoring chart in Melvin Paul in fifth place at 1,605 points. The Point Park career assists record is held by Damon Wade with an impressive 548 assists in only two years from 1995-97.
Point Park has one more regular season game left with that being a home date with Cincinnati Christian (14-14, 8-5 KIAC). Tipoff is 1 p.m. for Senior Day on Saturday, Feb. 16.
CCU is one of several teams that Point Park is battling for playoff positioning in the KIAC standings. Point Park (7-7 KIAC) is currently in 6th place, but the five teams in second through sixth place are separated by just 2.5 games.
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