Mountain Cat senior forward Paul Byer (Johnstown, Pa.) poured in a game-high 21 points on 6-15 shooting from the field and 5-10 from behind the three-point line, but it wasn't enough to lead Pitt Johnstown to a road victory at the University of Charleston (WV) Saturday night. Charleston built a 43-32 halftime lead, before handing Pitt Johnstown its second straight loss, 78-65.
Pitt Johnstown also received 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds from senior center Carlos Cogsdell (Homestead,) and 10 points form junior gurad Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.). Byer grabbed five rebounds, while junior guard Ryan Durham (Johnstown, Pa.) scored seven points and junior guard Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) added five points, four rebounds and three assists for the Mountain Cats, who fell to 4-2 on the year.
The Mountain Cats were held to just 37.7% (23-61) shooting for the game, and were out-rebounded 60-31. Charleston finished the game shooting 46.4% (32-69) from the field. Pitt Johnstown connected on 12 of their 18 free-throws and seven of their 19 three-point attempts. The Mountain Cats also forced 22 Charleston turnovers, while committing only 14.
Robert Siwo's 20 points led four Charleston players who scored in double figures. Damian Martinez (12 points), Jay Hewitt (11 points) and Robert Strickland (10 points) also scored in double figures. Serge Babo and Hewitt each pulled down 10 rebounds to help Charleston improve to 2-0 on the season.