University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. Indiana University of PA - 02/19/05
Mountain Cats Defeat IUP, 85-81, In Overtime on Alumni Night
Several Mountain Cats On All-Time Lists Head Coach Bob Rukavina and the Mountain Cat men's basketball team celebrated Alumni Night with an exciting, 85-81, overtime win over East Region #5-ranked Indiana University (PA), Saturday night in the Sports Center. Senior center Carlos Cogsdell's (Homestead, Pa.) layup with less than a second on the clock in overtime gave Pitt Johnstown an 82-81 lead. Junior guard Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.) sealed the victory by hitting three of his four free-throws after a pair of technical fouls were called on the IUP bench.
Senior forward Paul Byer (Johnstown, Pa.) scored 20 points to lead five Mountain Cats who scored in double-figures. Junior guard Dwight Hines (Aliquippa, Pa.) added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Nick Mezyk (Johnstown, Pa.) and Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) chipped in 14 and 13 points, respectively off of Coach Rukavina's bench. Gilliam's eight rebounds led the way for Pitt Johnstown. Junior guard Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) finished with 13 points, four rebounds and a game-high six assists. Byer and Cogsdell also pulled down six rebounds each for the Mountain Cats, who have won two straight games to improve to 10-13 on the season.
The Indians battled back from a seven-point deficit with 1:54 to play in the game to force overtime, but the Mountain Cats continued to play hard and eventually held on for the four-point overtime win.
Byer, who now has 1,077 points, is one point shy of 10th place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List. Cogsdell is now in 15th place on the scoring list with 1,009 career points and seventh on the rebounding list with 545 rebounds, while Tutchstone moved into eighth place on the All-Time Assist List with 234 assists. Mezyk also tied for third in all-time three-point field goals made with 126.
Pitt Johnstown, which held a slim, 35-34, halftime lead, struggled from the field, hitting just 25 of their 66 shots for 37.9%, but the Mountains Cats made 28 free-throws, compared to just 11-22 for IUP. Pitt Johnstown also forced 13 IUP turnovers, while committing just nine of their own.
G.J. Macon's game-highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds paced IUP. Eddie Peterson (23 points) and Ayyub Ali (14 points) also scored in double-figures for the Indians, now 20-7 on the season.
Pitt Johnstown will host Mount Aloysius College for Senior Night on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center. Prior to Monday's game, the Mountain Cats will recognize seniors Erik Anderson, Paul Byer, Carlos Cogsdell and Allen Robinson.
Last Reviewed: February 19, 2005