Miller's 28 Points Lead Mountain Cats Over WV State
01/07/12... (Box Score) Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) made eight 3-pointers and poured in a game-high 28 points, to help the Mountain Cat basketball team shoot 62% from the field in an 89-76 victory over WVIAC rival West Virginia State University, Saturday in the Sports Center. Pitt-Johnstown improved to 7-5 overall and 5-2 in conference-play.
The Mountain Cats used 16 first half points from Miller to erase and early deficit and build an 18-point lead.
David Ford's conventional three-point play gave West Virginia State a 7-3 lead just over two minutes into the game, but it was all Pitt-Johnstown after that.
The Mountain Cats took control with a 22-6 run over the next eight minutes to take a 12-point lead. Miller hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Mountain Cats their first lead of the game at 12-11, before a Matt Palo's (North Huntingdon, Pa.) jumper capped the run and put Pitt-Johnstown up 25-13 midway through the half.
Palo then made a pair of free-throws four minutes later to extend the lead to 15. The Yellow Jackets cut it to 11 on Corey Bethea's bucket in the paint at 3:42, but Miller connected on four straight free-throws, and Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) hit a 3-pointer with 1:18 remaining to push the lead to 46-28, before Pitt-Johnstown ended the first half up 46-32.
West Virginia State tried to get back into it. A Howard Douglas III 3-pointer three minutes into the second half to make it a nine-point game, then down seven at 63-56 on another Douglas basket at 10:52.
However, the Mountain Cats answered with 15-3 run to put the game away. Pitt-Johnstown scored eight straight points, including four from Nick Novak's (Murrysville, Pa.), before Kevin Byer's (Davidsville, Pa.) dunk capped the run and put the Mountain Cats up 78-59 with 6-22 remaining.
The Yellow Jackets never got closer than 11, and the Mountain Cats cruised to the 13-point win.
Miller led all scorers with 28 points, including 8-13 from behind the 3-point line. He also grabbed three rebounds and dished four assists, while Novak added 19 points and a game-high nine assists. Luther had 11 points, and Paul Weatherly (Johnstown, Pa.) tallied 10 points. Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.
Grubbs stands in sixth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,489 points and third on the all-time rebounding list with 859 rebounds. Novak is 17th on the scoring list with 1,097 points and ninth on the assists list with 320, while Jordan Miller is tied with Josue Nieves (1997-00) for sixth on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 159.
Pitt-Johnstown, which held a 39-29 advantage on the glass, shot 62% (31-50) from the field, 11-20 from 3-point range, and 16-23 from the free-throw line. The Yellow jackets were held to just 40.8% (29-71) shooting from the floor and 5-18 from behind the 3-point line. West Virginia State was also 13-19 from the charity stripe.
Bethea's 23 points and four assists led the way for West Virginia State. Ford had 20 points and Douglass III chipped-in 13 points for the Yellow Jackets, who dropped to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the WVIAC.
The Mountain Cats will host a WVIAC doubleheader in the Sports Center with the Lady Cats against Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College on Monday. The Lady Cats will tip-off at 5:30, followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.