Head Coach Bob Rukavina and the Pitt Johnstown Mountain Cat basketball team tipped-off the 2004-05 season with a 73-60 victory over visiting Penn State-McKeesport Monday night in the Sports Center.
Senior forward Paul Byer (Johnstown, Pa.) paced four Mountain Cats who scored in double figures with 21 points on 8-15 shooting from the field. Byer, a First Team All-Independent selection last season, also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Freshman forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) poured in 12 points and had three rebounds in his Pitt Johnstown debut, and junior guard Dwight Hines (Aliquippa, Pa.) scored 11 points, pulled down two rebounds and dished out four assists in the victory. Senior center Carlos Cogsdell (Homestead, Pa.) rounded out the Mountain Cats who scored in double figures with 10 points, while junior guard Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) chipped in six points, three rebounds and a game-high five assists. Pitt Johnstown built a 43-30 halftime lead behind Byer's 15 first half points.
The Mountain Cats outscored Penn State-McKeesport 34-26 in the paint and turned 18 Lions' turnovers into 26 points.
Anthony Rivers led Penn State-McKeesport with 21 points, including 3-7 from behind the three-point line. Antoine Gaines added 11 points and Darnell Turner had a team high six rebounds, for the Lions, who dropped to 0-3 to start the year.