University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Glenville State (WV) College - 12/03/11

ATH11_057_NovakN_TNovak Nets 1,000th Point in Mountain Cats Win Over Glenville State
     12/03/11... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored a game-high 30 points to become Pitt-Johnstown's 23rd 1,000-point scorer on his way to leading the Mountain Cats to an 86-79 WVIAC victory over Glenville State (WV) College, Saturday afternoon in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the WVIAC.
     Patrick Grubbs' (Turtle Creek, Pa.) lay-up put the Mountain Cats up 12-9 just over five minutes into the game, but Glenville State hit four 3-pointers over the next three minutes, including Andy Dollman's that put the Pioneers back into the lead, 20-16.
     Novak, who needed eight points to reach the milestone, hit a 3-pointer of his own to tie it at 25, before he connected on two free-throws at 4:11 to give him his 1,000th point and Pitt-Johnstown a 38-37 lead.
     The Pioneers scored 11 of the next 17 to take a 48-43 halftime advantage on Mark Walker's late bucket.
     The Mountain Cats outscored Glenville State 7-0 to start the second half to go up 50-48 on Jordan Miller's (Vinco, Pa.) lay-up at 17:46.
     Pitt-Johnstown extended it to five at 65-60 on another Grubbs basket midway through the half, but the Pioneers kept it close and regained the lead 68-61 on two Dollman free-throws with six minutes to play.
     Novak nailed a 3-pointer a minute later to extend the lead back to four, but once again, the Pioneers battled back to take a 74-72 lead on Kevin Gray's 3-pointer with 2:58 left on the clock.
     However, Grubbs tied it on Pitt-Johnstown's next possession to spark a 12-5 run, including seven consecutive free-throws from Novak, to close out the game and give the Mountain Cats the seven-point win.
     Novak led all scorers with 30 points on 9-16 shooting from the field, 3-3 from 3-point range, and 9-9 from the free-throw line.  Novak also dished out five assists and had two steals.  Grubbs had 18 points and nine rebounds, while Miller added 13 points and four assists.  Pitt-Johnstown also got seven points from Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.), six points and four rebounds from Matt Palo (North Huntingdon, Pa.), and five rebounds and three assists from Noah Hartung (Butler, Pa.), all off the bench.
     The Mountain Cats shot 56.4% (31-55) from the field with seven 3-pointers.  Pitt-Johnstown also made 17-23 from the free-throw line.  Glenville State ended the day shooting 42.5% (31-73) from the floor, 13-36 from behind the 3-point line, and 4-6 from the charity stripe.
     Grubbs stands in seventh-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,431 points and third on the all-time rebounding list with 820 rebounds.  Novak is 23rd on the scoring list with 1,022 points and tied for 10th on the assists list with 294, while Jordan Miller is eighth on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 145.
     Gray paced the Pioneers with 29 points, four rebounds and three assists.  Jamel Morris (24 points), Walker (14 points), and Dollman (10 points) also scored in double figures for Glenville State, now 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats travel to Bowie State (MD) University for a non-conference game on Thursday and to Concord (WV) University for a WVIAC game onSaturday, before returning home to close out the first semester with a conference doubleheader with the Lady Cats against Shepherd (WV) University on Saturday, December 17.  The Lady Cats will tip-off against the Rams at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 3 p.m.