University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. University of Charlestown - 02/07/05
Mountain Cat Men Stumble, 97-85, To University of Charleston (WV)
Carlos Cogsdell 11 Points Shy of 1,000 Senior forward Paul Byer (Johnstown, Pa.) scored a team-high 19 points and senior center Carlos Cogsdell (Homestead, Pa.) scored 16 points to move within 11 points of becoming the 15th Mountain Cat to reach the 1,000-point plateau, but it wasn't enough, as the University of Charleston (WV) dealt Pitt Johnstown a 97-85 loss Monday night in the Sports Center. With the loss, Pitt Johnstown fell to 8-12 on the season.
Byer ended the night shooting 7-11 from the field with five three-point field goals and a team-high seven rebounds, while Cogsdell was 7-12 from the field with six rebounds. With his performance, Byer moved in to 12th place on the All-Time Scoring List with 1,038 points. He is eight points behind Matt Lushko (1992-97) for 11th place. Junior guard Dwight Hines (Aliquippa, Pa.) added 16 points, while Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) chipped in 12 points and a game-high seven assists. Junior guard Nick Mezyk (Johnstown, Pa.) also collected nine points, including a pair of three-pointers in the loss.
After trailing 53-41 at halftime, the Mountain Cats rallied to cut Charleston's lead to 74-73 with 8:05 to play in the game, but that was as close as they would get. The Golden Eagles outscored Pitt Johnstown 23-12 over the last eight minutes to secure the victory.
Pitt Johnstown shot 53.3% (32-60) from the field and 42.3% (11-26) from three-point range, while Charleston was 34-57 for 59.6% from the field and 9-20 (45.0%) from behind the three-point line. The Golden Eagles, who out rebounded the Mountain Cats 34-21, also shot 20-25 (80.0%) from the free-throw line to Pitt Johnstown's 10-13 (76.9%) shooting from the free-throw line.
Robert Siwo's game-high 22 points led a Charleston attack that saw all five starters finish in double-figures in scoring. Jay Hewitt (19 points,), Robert Strickland (16 points), Richard Hampton (12 points) and Brandon Dunbar (11 points) also scored in double-figures. Hampton's game-high nine rebounds and Strickland's eight rebounds paced the Golden Eagles, who improved to 14-6 on the year.
Pitt Johnstown travels to Clarion University on Saturday and to California University (PA) on February 16, before returning home to host Indiana University (PA) on Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center.
Last Reviewed: February 7, 2005