University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. West Virginia Wesleyan College - 11/29/11

ATH11_057_NovakN_TMountain Cats Hand W.Va. Wesleyan 83-69 Loss
     11/29/11... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored 19 points to move to within eight points of 1,000 for his career, and Patrick Grubbs, (Turtle Creek, Pa.) added 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mountain Cats to an 83-69 WVIAC victory over West Virginia Wesleyan College, Tuesday night in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the WVIAC.
     With eight points against Glenville State (WV) College on Saturday, Novak will become Pitt-Johnstown's 23rd 1,000-point Scorer.
     In a back-and-forth first half, Reggie Chambers hit a 3-pointer to give West Virginia Wesleyan a 13-9 lead.
     Jordan Miller's (Vinco, Pa.) lay-up and a jumper from Novak gave the lead back to Pitt-Johnstown at 20-17 at the midway point.
     The Bobcats answered with seven straight points from Raymont McElroy over the next 1:33 to regain the lead by four, but the Mountain Cats outscored West Virginia Wesleyan 19-9 over the final eight minutes to take a five-point halftime advantage.
     Ian Vescovi's (Patton, Pa.) free-throw at 6:12 knotted it at 25, before Miller's 3-pointer made it 30-27 with 3:49 left.
     The Bobcats cut it to one, but Kevin Byer (Davidsville, Pa.) hit a pair of baskets late in the half to help the Mountain Cats go up 39-35 at the break.
     Consecutive 3-pointers by Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) and a basket by Paul Weatherly (Johnstown, Pa.) two minutes into the second half pushed Pitt-Johnstown's lead to 47-37.
     Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored to make it an 11-point game with 15:34 to play.  The Bobcats battled back to within six on five occasions, with the last coming at 8:40 on T.J. Thompson's jumper.
     Pitt-Johnstown extended the lead back to 11 on Noah Hartung's (Butler, Pa.) 3-pointer, then to 13 on a Grubbs lay-up with 4:46 remaining.
     West Virginia Wesleyan never got any closer than 11, and the Mountain Cats went on to a 14-point win.
     Novak paced four Mountain Cats who scored in double-figures with 19 points on 9-10 shooting.  Grubbs had 17 points, nine rebounds and a team-high four assists, while Miller finished with 15 points and five rebounds.  Hartung rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points off the bench.  Byer also added nine points off the bench.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot 63% (34-54) from the floor, 8-10 from 3-point range and 7-10 from the free-throw line.  West Virginia Wesleyan ended the night shooting 50% (28-56) from the floor, 7-17 from behind the 3-point line, and 6-8 from the charity stripe.
     Grubbs stands in seventh-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,413 points and third on the all-time rebounding list with 811 rebounds. Novak needs eight points to become Pitt-Johnstown's 23rd 1,000-point scorer.
     McElroy scored a game-high 22 points, pulled down six rebounds, and dished out six assists, and Thompson had 14 points to lead the Bobcats.  Chambers tallied a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists for West Virginia Wesleyan, which slipped to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats will host a WVIAC doubleheader in the Sports Center with the Lady Cats against Glenville State (WV) College on Saturday.  The Lady Cats will tip-off at 1 p.m., followed by the men's game at 3 p.m.