The Mountain Cat basketball team faced another tough test Saturday night when Wheeling Jesuit Unviersity brought its 4-1 record to the Sports Center. Unfortunately, the Cardinals were too much for the Mountain Cats, as they built a 36-23 halftime lead, before going on the defeat Pitt Johnstown, 94-68.
Freshman forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) led the Mountain Cats with 14 points on 5-5 shooting from the field and 4-6 from the free-throw line off of Coach Rukavina's Bench. Gilliam also pulled down four rebounds. Senior forward Paul Byer (Johnstown, Pa.) hit three three-pointers and finished with 11 points, while junior guard Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.) chipped in 10 points. Pitt Johnstown also got nine points from junior guard Dwight Hines (Aliquippa, Pa.) and eight points each from senior center Carlos Cogsdell (Homestead, Pa.) and junior guard Nick Mezyk (Johnstown, Pa.). Cogsdell and Scorpion also grabbed seven rebounds apiece for the Mountain Cats, who fell to 4-4 on the season.
Pitt Johnstown struggled once again from the field, shooting just 34.8% (24-69) overall and 33.3% (8-24) from behind the three-point line. Wheeling Jesuit connected on 48.6% (34-70) of its shots, including 13-31 from three-point range. The Cardinals also outrebounded the Mountain Cats 52-35, and made 13 of their 16 free-throws, compared to just 12-21 for Pitt Johnstown.
Terrance Bradley's game-high 25 points on 8-16 shooting and five three-pointers led the way for Wheeling Jesuit. Will Hicks and Jose Gonzalez tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Cardinals, while Matt Plunkett and Bradley each pulled down seven rebounds. With the victory, Wheeling Jesuit raised its overall record to 5-1 on the year.