University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at Millersville University 12/8/04

Pitt Johnstown Stumbles, 62-55, on Road
at Millersville University
The road did not get any easier on Wednesday for Head Coach Bob Rukavina and his Mountain Cat basketball team. Pitt Johnstown had to travel to Millersville University, one of the top teams in the East Region. The Mountain Cats battled back from a 34-23 halftime deficit to take a 53-52 lead with 3:32 to play in the game, but the Marauders ended the game with a 10-2 run to defeat the Mountain Cats, 62-55. With the loss, Pitt Johnstown dropped to 4-5 on the season.
Pitt Johnstown junior guard Steve Scorpion's (Murrysville, Pa.) 10 points led a balanced Mountain Cat attack that saw eight players score at least five points. Senior center Carlos Cogsdell (Homestead, Pa.) and senior guard Allen Robinson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) each tallied eight points, and junior guard Ryan Durham (Johnstown, Pa.) added seven points. The Mountain Cats also got six points from senior forward Paul Byer (Johnstown, Pa.) and junior guard Dwight Hines (Aliquippa, Pa.) and five points from forwards James Booker (Plum, Pa.) and Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD). Byer's team-high seven rebounds paced Pitt Johnstown, while Booker pulled down five rebounds.
The Mountain Cats shot 40.4% (21-52) from the field, while holding Millersville to just 36.1% (22-61) shooting. Pitt Johnstown also outrebounded the Marauders 39-38 and made 11-15 (73.3%) of their free-throws, compared to just 13-23 (56.5%) shooting from the foul line for Millersville. However, Millersville forced 18 Mountain Cat turnovers and hit five three-point field goals. Pitt Johnstown forced 13 turnovers, but made just 2-11 (18.2%) from behind the three-point line.
Charles Parker led three Millersville players who scored in double-figures with 16 points. Brian Jones added 12 points and Greg Testa had 10 points. Toochi Udeinya and Jones each grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Marauders, who improved to 3-1 on the year.
Last Reviewed: December 9, 2004