University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Daemen (NY) University - 11/26/11

ATH11_056_MillerJ_TMountain Cats Fall to Daemen in Gannon Classic Title Game
     11/26/11... (Box Score) Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) scored 19 points, and Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) added 18 points and eight rebounds on his way to being named to the All-Tournament Team, but Daemen (NY) College built a 13-point second half lead and held off the Mountain Cats, 72-65, in Saturday night's championship game of the 2011 Gannon University Gary Miller Classic.  Pitt-Johnstown slipped to 3-3.
     In a first half full of runs, Bill Luther's (Gibsonia, Pa.) basket gave the Mountain Cats a slim 8-7 lead four minutes into the game, but Daemen used an 11-2 run over the next 2:05 to go up 18-10 on Jim Regan's lay-up.
     The Mountain Cats countered with eight points from Miller, including a 3-pointer that ended a 12-3 spurt to give the lead back to Pitt-Johnstown at 22-21 midway through the half.
After the Wildcats scored seven straight points, the Mountain Cats matched it with another Miller 3-pointer and a short jumper from Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) to regain the lead by one at the four minute mark.
     However, Daemen outscored Pitt-Johnstown 10-4 the rest of the way to take a 38-33 halftime advantage on Tournament most valuable player Casey Sheehan's bucket at the buzzer.
     Grubbs connected on a pair of free-throws four minutes into the second half to get Pitt-Johnstown to within three, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Sheehan extended the Wildcats' lead to 48-39 three minutes later.
     Regan's tip-in at 9:32 extended Daemen's lead to 55-42, before Grubbs' basket in the paint got the Mountain Cats to within seven at 57-50.
     Daemen rebuilt the lead to 11on a pair of Devon Dawson free-throws at with 4:34 left.  Pitt-Johnstown battled back to cut it to 67-65 on Nick Novak's (Murrysville, Pa.) 3-pointer with 40 seconds left, but the Mountain Cats were not able to complete the comeback and suffered the seven-point loss.
     Miller led the Mountain Cats with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, while Grubbs had 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds, and Novak had 14 points and four rebounds.  Vescovi finished with six points off the bench, and Noah Hartung (Butler, Pa.) and Marc Rozanski (White Oak, Pa.) each pulled down four rebounds.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot a season-low 44.4% (24-54) from the field and 6-14 from three-point range.  The Mountain Cats also hit just 11-21 from the free-throw line.  Daemen ended the night shooting 53.7% (29-54) from the floor, 9-19 from behind the three-point line, and 5-8 from the charity stripe.
     Grubbs stands in sixth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,396 points and third on the all-time rebounding list with 802 rebounds.  Novak needs 27 points to become Pitt-Johnstown's 23rd 1,000-point scorer.
     Sheehan knocked down six 3-pointers to lead four Wildcats who scored in double-figures with a game-high 24 points.  Dom Mazzocchi scored 14 points, while Dawson and Kadeem Johnson scored 10 points apiece for Daemen, which improved to 5-3.
     The Mountain Cats will host a WVIAC doubleheader in the Sports Center with the Lady Cats against West Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday.  The Lady Cats will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.