Point Park rolls past Alice Lloyd (Ky.) in KIAC home game, 106-84
Dec. 7, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Robbie Heatherington had 13 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the win over Alice Lloyd (Ky.). Photo by E.Skowvron.
WEST MIFFIN, Pa. -- Playing for the first time after a two-week layoff, the Point Park University men's basketball team hit the ground running with a KIAC home win over Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 106-84, at CCAC-South Gym on Saturday.
Senior guard Gabe McNeal poured in 35 points to lead five starters in double figures for Point Park (6-5, 2-1 KIAC), which was ahead, 12-2, after four minutes and 48-30 at the half.
Alice Lloyd (5-4, 0-1 KIAC), picked eighth of 10 teams in the KIAC preseason poll, shot 28 percent (11 for 38) the first half, including 1 for 9 from long range to get in a big hole after 20 minutes.
Point Park had no such troubles offensively, and it made 6 of 12 3-pointers before the half to stake the big lead. The Pioneers kept the offensive efficiency going after halftime shooting 58 percent the final 20 minutes from the field to up their shooting percentage to 53 percent for the game.
McNeal, from Richmond, Va., was three off his career high of 38 set in the last game at Indiana Kokomo Nov. 23. He made 13 of 22 from the field and 8 of 9 free throws. McNeal also added six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The Pioneers shared the ball well with 25 assists on 40 baskets, and senior point guard Robbie Heatherington totaled 13 points, 10 assists and nearly had a triple-double with eight rebounds. He made 3 of 4 treys -- all in the first half -- to get the Pioneers off.
Already up 18 at the half, Point Park scored seven straight points the first minute of the second half to bump the lead to 25 points, 55-30, ending any hope the Eagles had. Matt Noszka, who had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, got the second half started with one of his three treys on the first trip down the floor.
Point Park forward Nick Brown added a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, and his 3-pointer gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of the night of 34 points, 90-56, with 8:49 to go. The 6-7 forward also added five assists and three blocks.
Junior forward Alan Heter added 12 points and six rebounds to give Point Park all five starters in double digits. Josh Pohlot led the bench with eight points and six rebounds. The Pioneers' starters combined for 94 of the 106 points.
Point Park plays next at NAIA Division II No. 18-ranked Lourdes (Ohio) on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Point Park lost to Lourdes, 65-54, in its season opener at home Nov. 6.
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