University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at Clarion University - 02/12/05

Men's Basketball Falls, 73-64,
at Clarion University
Carlos Cogsdell Five Points Shy of 1,000
     Junior guard Nick Mezyk (Johnstown, Pa.) and freshman forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) each scored 12 points, but the Mountain Cat men's basketball team was unable to erase a 42-29 halftime deficit, and fell at Clarion University, 73-64, Saturday night. Senior center Carlos Cogsdell (Homestead, Pa.) added six points after getting into early foul trouble to move within five points of becoming the 15th Mountain Cat to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
     Pitt Johnstown, which cut the Golden Eagles' lead to seven points late in the second half, also got eight points each from Dwight Hines (Aliquippa, Pa.), Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.), Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) and Paul Byer (Johnstown, Pa.). Byer's nine rebounds led Pitt Johnstown. Mezyk finished the game with four three-point field goals, while Gilliam was 5-7 from the field with four rebounds and two blocks for the Mountain Cats, who fell to 8-13 on the season.
     With his eight points, Byer moved into a tie with Matt Lushko (1992-97) for 11th on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,046 points, while Cogsdell's 535 rebounds have him ranked seventh on the All-Time Rebounding List.
     Despite shooting 45.8% (22-48) from the field and holding Clarion to just 38.5% (25-65), Pitt Johnstown was just 12-21 (57.1%) from the free-throw line, compared to 15-18 (83.3%) for the Golden Eagles. Clarion also forced 17 Mountain Cat turnovers, while committing just nine of their own.
     Ryan Wells' 14 points and nine rebounds and Chris Buchanan's 14 points and eight rebounds led the way for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 16-7 on the year.
     Pitt Johnstown travels to California University (PA) on Wednesday, before returning home to host Indiana University (PA) on Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center.
Last Reviewed: February 14, 2005