The Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cat basketball team has taken over sole position of first place in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Conference (WVIAC) standing. The team, under Head Coach Bob Rukavina, moved into first place with a 110-104 victory over #13-ranked West Liberty State (WV) College, Monday night in the Sports Center. This is the team’s first season playing a conference schedule.
The victory put the Mountain Cats in the driver’s seat to win the regular season conference championship and earn a bye in the first round of the WVIAC Tournament, scheduled for February 26-March 1.
Chris Gilliam and Quinton Davis each scored 24 points to help the Mountain Cats win their fifth straight game and improve to 17-5 overall and 14-2 in the WVIAC. With the loss, West Liberty State fell to a second place tie in the conference with a 19-3 overall record and a 13-3 record in the league.
“This ranking is testament to the hard work and commitment to excellence that our players demonstrate on the court. We are Mountain Cat Proud of our team and Coach Rukavina for bringing this outstanding distinction to UPJ. Their excellent season has helped to create the renewed spirit of enthusiasm that has permeated our campus,” commented UPJ President Jem Spectar.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic development, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.