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Pioneers split road test

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:09


Point Park University men's basketball team got back into action with an 83-70 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference [KIAC] win at Cincinnati Christian University after a nine day layoff.

Senior canter Babatunde Somoye had a big game with 14 points and 17 rebounds on the night.

"Babs probably played his best game since the beginning of the season," said freshman forward Matt Noszka.

Junior guard Gabe McNeal led the team in scoring with 29 points along with three assists and seven rebounds. Senior guard T. J. Heatherington had 19 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Noszka had eight points, three rebounds and one assist.

The Pioneers played good offense against the Golden Eagles with big leads of 10 and 18 points before settling for a 46-33 lead at half time.

Cincinnati opened the second half with a nine point run and closed the gap to 46-42 before Point Park extended their lead to 58-44 with 13:37 left in the half.

The Golden Eagles went on another nine point run to close the gap to 58-53. But Point Park stayed in control and was up, 67-60, at the nine-minute mark and then 77-67 with 2:21 to go. 

The Pioneers managed to close the game with a 13 point margin while holding Cincinnati Christian to 31.9 percent shooting overall. Point Park shot 50 percent from the field even though it made only 4 of 17 from behind the three point line.

After a successful night in Cincinnati, Point Park traveled to Richmond, Ind. to face Indiana University East.

The Pioneers fought hard but the Red Wolves still managed to grind out a 100-96 victory.

Point Park's T.J. Heatherington led all scorers that night with 31 points along with six assists and eight rebounds. McNeal had 24 points, two assists and 14 rebounds. Somoye had a good game scoring 11 points and got 16 rebounds.

Point Park shot 43 percent overall, just a little less than IU East's 44 percent from the floor.

Point Park played much in better in this game than in their previous meeting with IU East where they lost 122-94 at CCAC South on Jan. 22.

The Pioneers went into this game without key players including Robbie Heatherington who was ejected from the previous game for fighting with Ian Enriquez from IU East.

"He would've made a big difference he brings a lot to the table," said Somoye.

Robbie Heatherington's absense was big factor in this game with the Pioneers not having enough bodies to stay fresh and focused when the game came down to the wire.

With one minute left in the game, IU East looked to be in control with a 97-92 lead. But senior guard Asa Braxton, who scored 15 points, hit a three 3-pointer to bring Point Park within 97-95 with 33.5 seconds to go.

IU East wasted their next possession giving Point Park a chance to call a timeout and set up a play with 20 seconds left.

T.J. Heatherington inbounded the ball to Braxton, and Somoye got the offensive rebound when the shot missed.

Somoye made 1 of 2 free throws with 6.9 seconds left, but Point Park still trailed 97-96. A couple of free throws on the other end by sophomore guard Tyler Fangman stretched it to 99-96.

The final ended up 100-96. As Point Park called a timeout it didn't have to result in a technical free throw.

"We all played hard," said Asa Braxton.

The chips just didn't fall Point Park's way on the night. 

Point Park is off until next Saturday when it hosts Berea (Ky.) for a KIAC game at 2 p.m. It is the first of three remaining games for the Pioneers with all three being at home.

Point Park University men's basketball team got back into action with an 83-70 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference [KIAC] win at Cincinnati Christian University after a nine day layoff.

Senior canter Babatunde Somoye had a big game with 14 points and 17 rebounds on the night.

"Babs probably played his best game since the beginning of the season," said freshman forward Matt Noszka.

Junior guard Gabe McNeal led the team in scoring with 29 points along with three assists and seven rebounds. Senior guard T. J. Heatherington had 19 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Noszka had eight points, three rebounds and one assist.

The Pioneers played good offense against the Golden Eagles with big leads of 10 and 18 points before settling for a 46-33 lead at half time.

Cincinnati opened the second half with a nine point run and closed the gap to 46-42 before Point Park extended their lead to 58-44 with 13:37 left in the half.

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