Point Park men punchless in KIAC Tournament loss at Cincinnati Christian
Feb. 23, 2013 at 11:45 p.m. ET
T.J. Heatherington ended his career 6th at PPU in scoring (1,594) and 2nd in assists (479). Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Point Park University turned in a season-low for points in an 87-70 loss at Cincinnati Christian in a KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal game on Saturday.
Point Park, the No. 5 seed, ends the season at 14-11 overall, 8-7 KIAC, while Cincinnati Christian (16-15, 9-6). the No. 4 seed, moves on to the KIAC semifinals Feb. 25. The KIAC semifinals and finals are being hosted by IU Southeast Feb. 25-26.
The Pioneers, who hung on to set a school record for scoring average in a season, did not have their usual offensive punch at CCU on Saturday. As it is, Point Park will end the year with a final scoring average of 93.2 ppg, which just edges the 2006-07 team that previously held the team scoring record at 92.9 ppg.
That team in 2006-07, however, finished 29-2 and took a No. 3 overall seed into the NAIA DII national tournament. For this year's team, things ended in the conference quarterfinals after it never got out of first gear offensively.
CCU had a modest lead of 40-34 at the break even though Point Park struggled to 28-percent shooting (8 for 28) the first 20 minutes. Point Park did pick things up to the tune of 43 percent the second half, which was aided with a 7-for-12 showing from outside the arc.
Problem was, CCU shot 49 percent the second half to increase the lead even further by outscoring the Pioneers, 47-36, after halftime. CCU shot 44 percent for the game, and Point Park ended up at 36 percent (20 for 56).
T.J. Heatherington led Point Park with 20 points, and he was 9 for 9 from the foul line. Josh Pohlot came off the bench for 12 points as the only other Pioneers player in double-figures. Pohlot helped to fill the void of Matt Noszka, who as lost in the opening minutes to an ankle injury. Noszka had 28 points and 14 rebounds in a home win over CCU on Saturday.
D.J. McCommons had 30 points and seven rebounds for CCU, and Austin Irrer added 19. Guard Mike Hill registered a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Heatherington wrapped up his stellar career with 1,594 career points to rank sixth in school history. He amassed 479 career assists, good for second in Point Park history.
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