The Mountain Cat basketball team made it three straight wins to open the 2004-05 season with a lopsided 106-74 victory over Davis & Elkins (WV) College in Friday's First Round of the Pitt-Johnstown Tip-Off Classic in the Sports Center.
Pitt-Johnstown started strong, building a 10-point lead 14 minutes into the game, led by the red-hot shooting of senior forward Paul Byer (Johnstown, Pa.). Byer's 13 first half points on 6-7 shooting helped the Mountain Cats increase their lead to 16 points with 2:18 to play, before going into the locker room with a 48-34 lead. Pitt-Johnstown continued to pour it on in the second half by outscoring the Senators 58-40.
Senior center Carlos Cogsdell's (Homestead, Pa.) 20 points on 10-12 shooting paced five Pitt Johnstown players who scored in double figures. Junior guard Ryan Durham (Johnstown, Pa.) added 15 points, including four three-point field goals. Byer and freshman forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) each finished with 13 points and junior guard Dwight Hines (Aliquippa, Pa.) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points. Cogsdell also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, while Gilliam had six and Hines had five. Junior guard Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) chipped in nine points, three rebounds and six assists to help Pitt-Johnstown improve to 3-0 on the year.
The Mountain Cats dominated on the boards, outrebounding Davis & Elkins 51-28, including 16 offensive rebounds. Pitt-Johnstown also shot 58.4% (45-77) from the field, while holding the Senators to just 41.3% on 26-63 shooting.
Bobby Alexander's game-high 23 points and Pierre Lacey's 18 points led the way for Davis & Elkins. Ellis Hopkins added 11 points for the Senators, who fell to 0-2 to begin the season.
In Friday's first game of the Pitt-Johnstown Tip-Off Classic, Mansfield University handed Columbia Union (MD) College a 100-61 loss. David Hoopes' 23 points, including five three-point field goals, and Justin Kress' 21 points on 7-12 shooting led four Mountaineers who scored in double figures. Jason Benson and Jeremy Frey scored 18 and 11 points, respectively, while Andrae Martin pulled down eight rebounds and Kress grabbed seven rebounds for Mansfield, which improved to 2-0. Dwayne Williams and Corey Blythe each scored 10 points and Michael Kelly had a game-high 11 rebounds for Columbia Union. With the loss, the Pioneers dropped to 0-2 to begin the season.