University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at University of Charleston (WV) - 11/19/11

ATH11_056_MillerJ_TMountain Cats Dealt Road Loss at Charleston
     11/19/11... (Box Score) Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) scored 22 points, but the University of Charleston (WV) doubled its nine-point halftime lead to 18 in the second half on its way to handing the Mountain Cats a 102-86 road WVIAC loss on Satuday.  Pitt-Johnstown slipped to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in conference-play.
     P.J. Reyes' 3-pointer at the 14-minute mark of the first half gave Charleston a 12-8 lead.
     Pitt-Johnstown outscored the Golden Eagles 7-2 over the next 2:30 to go up 15-13 on a Miller free-throw.
     However, the Golden Eagles used a 22-9 run to build an 11-point advantage at 35-24 on three more of Reyes' 16 firs half points.
     Miller hit consecutive 3-pointers to get the Mountain Cats to within five, but Charleston stretched its lead back to 11 with a pair of free-throws from Evan Faulkner with four seconds remaining.
     Pitt-Johnstown then went the length of the floor and got a Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) lay-up at the buzzer to cut it to 47-38 at the half.
     Pitt-Johnstown cut it to 50-43 early in the second half on Bill Luther's (Gibsonia, Pa.) three-pointer from the corner, but Charleston answered to score the next eight an extend the lead to 58-43 on Reyes' dunk and free-throw with 17 minutes left.
     Novak's lay-up in transition got the deficit down to 10, but Charleston went on a 12-4 run to take an 18-point lead at 75-57 on Reyes' tip-in midway through the half.
     The Mountain Cats continued to claw its way back.  Miller hit two free-throws following an intentional foul, before connecting on two consecutive 3-pointers to make it 87-80 with 3:34 remaining.
     Unfortunately, it never got any closer, and the Golden Eagles went on the the 16-point win.
     Miller led four Mountain Cats who scored in double-figures with 22 points, including five three-pointers.  Novak scored 18 points and dished out four assists, while Luther finished with 17 points.  Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) collected a double-double of 11 points and 10 reobunds, and Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) chipped-in eight points and three rebounds off the bench in the loss.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot an impressive 58.9% (33-56) from the field with eight three-pointers.  The Mountain Cats, who were out rebounded 40-27, were also 12-18 from the free-throw line.  Charleston shot 47.1% (33-70) from the floor, but hit 12 three-pointers and 24-29 from the charity stripe.
     Grubbs is currently in seventh-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,357 points and third on the all-time rebounding list with 789 rebounds.  Novak needs 62 points to become Pitt-Johnstown's 23rd 1,000-point scorer.
     Reyes' game-high 33 points, including 6-9 from three-point range and 9-9 from the free-throw line, led five Charleston players who scored indouble-figures.  With the win, the Golden Eagles improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the WVIAC.  
     Pitt-Johnstown travels to the Gannon University Gary Miller Classic over Thanksgiving, before returning home to host a WVIAC doubleheader with the Lady Cats against West Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday, Nov. 29.  The Lady Cats will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.