After Pitt-Johnstownand Mansfield University won their opening round games of the 2004 Pitt-Johnstown Tip-Off Classic by a combined total of 71 points over their oppenents, the two schools went head-to head in Saturday's second round. Head Coach Bob Rukavina's Mountain Cats jumped on the Mountaineers early, building a 40-26 halftime lead, before going on the win 87-76. Mansfield cut the lead to eight points with 30 seconds to play in the second half, but that was as close as they would get, thanks to junior guard Steve Scorpion's (Murrysville, Pa.) 8-8 from the free throw line in the final minute.
Four Pitt-Johnstown players scored in dougle figures, led by junior guard Dwight Hines' (Aliquippa, Pa.) 20 points on 8-15 shooting from the field. Senior center Carlos Cogsdell (Homestead, Pa.) scored 18 points, while Scorpion finished with 14 points and senior forward Paul Byer (Johnstown, Pa.) added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.), Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD), Hines and Cogsdell all pulled down five rebounds. Gilliam also tallied eight points and Touchstone chipped in six points and a game-high eight assists. With their efforts in two game, Byer and Cogsdell were named to the All-tournament team.
Pitt-Johnstown shot 50.8% (33-65) from the field, while holding the Mountaineers to just 38.8% (26-67). Although the Mountain Cats were out rebounded 49-35 for the game, Pitt-Johnstown connected on 16 of their 23 free-throws, led by Scorpion's perfect 10-10 from the line.
David Hoopes 19 points paced Mansfield. Brandon DeShields Andrae Martin and Justin Kress also scored in double figures for the Mountaineers. Jason Benson grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for Mansfield, which fell to 2-1 on the year.
In Saturday's first game, Davis & Elkins (WV) College defeated Columbia Union (MD) College, 74-71 behind 23 points from Adam Wildasin.
2004 PITT-JOHNSTOWN TIP-OFF CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Paul Byer and Carlos Cogsdell (Pitt-Johnstown), David Hoopes and Brian Bryant (Mansfield), Bobby Alexander and Pierre Lacey (Davis & Elkins) and Wayne Brewster-McCarthy (Columbia Union).