University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. Millersville University - 01/26/05
Pitt-Johnstown Men's Basketball Falls
to East Region #7 Millersville University
Paul Byer Seven Points Away From 1,000 After battling #12-ranked Bowie State (MD) University to the wire on Saturday night, Head Coach Bob Rukavina's Mountain Cats faced another tough test when East Region #7-ranked Millersville University visited the Sports Center on Wednesday. Senior center Carlos Cogsdell (Homestead, Pa.) scored a team-high 16 points and senior forward Paul Byer (Johnstown, Pa.) added 15 points, leaving him just seven points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau for his career, but the Marauders were able to hold on for a 76-70 victory.
Cogsdell finished 7-9 shooting from the field with three rebounds, while Byer shot 5-7 from the field and 3-4 from behind the three-pioint line. Byer also grabbed four rebounds for the Mountain Cats, who dropped to 7-10 on the year. Junior guard Dwight Hines (Aliquippa, Pa.) scored nine points and dished out a career-high 10 assists, and Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) tallied nine points and five assists. Nick Mezyk (Johnstown, Pa.) added eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, and freshman forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) chipped in seven points and two rebounds for Pitt Johnstown.
The Mountain Cats and Marauders battled to a 31-31 halftime tie, but Millersville proved to be too much, outscoring Pitt Johnstown 45-39 in the second half. Both teams shot the ball very well from the field. The Mountain Cats finished at 52.8% (28-53), while the Marauders were 29-56 for 51.8%. However, Millersville, outrebounded the Mountain Cats 36-26, including 15-7 on the offensive end.
Brian Jones and Toochi Udeinya each scored 18 points to lead Millersville. Jones pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds (seven offensive rebounds) and Udeinya collected eight rebounds (five offensive rebounds). Greg Testa (11 points) and Charles Parker (10 points) also scored in double-figures to help the Marauders improve to 12-4 on the season.
Pitt-Johnstown will host Columbia Union (MD) College on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center, before traveling to Indiana University (PA) on Monday.
Last Reviewed: January 30, 2005