University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College - 01/09/12

ATH11_057_NovakN_TMountain Cats Fall at Home to Alderson-Broaddus
     01/09/12... (Box Score) Two of the top teams in the WVIAC battled Monday night, and Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College erased an eight-point halftime deficit, and took the lead for good with an 18-2 run early in the second half to secure a 73-69 win over the Mountain Cats, Monday night in the Sports Center.  Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored 22 points, and Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) added a career-high 14 points to lead Pitt-Johnstown, now 7-6 overall and 5-3 in the WVIAC.
     In a tight first half, the Mountain Cats took a 20-15 lead on a Matt Palo (North Huntingdon, Pa.) basket eight minutes into the game.
     Two free-throws from O'Dell Eargle two minutes later tied the score at 20, but Pitt-Johnstown outscored the battlers 22-14 over the final 10:25 of the half for an eight-point halftime advantage.
     A lay-up by Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) and a 3-pointer from Bill Luther (Murrysville, Pa.) pushed the lead to six, before Novak scored on a break-away to build the lead to 39-29 at the 2:53 mark.
     The Battlers got it down to five on three of Kirklin Bohanon's 18 first half points, but Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) answered with a 3-pointer of his own as time was winding down to give Pitt-Johnstown a 42-34 halftime lead.
     Luther scored on Pitt-Johnstown's first possession of the second half to increase the lead back to 10, but Alderson-Broaddus responded with an 18-2 run over the next 6:19, another bucket by Bohanon, to put the Battlers up 52-46.
     The Mountain Cats clawed back and knotted it at 55 on Novak's conventional 3-point play with 8:09 left.
     After Alderson-Broaddus extended it back to a five-point lead, Novak hit two free-throws with nine seconds left to make it 71-69, but Nate Barnes followed with two free-throws for the Battles to seal the four-point win.
     Novak led four Mountain Cats who scored in double-figures with 22 points, five rebounds and six assists.  Vescovi scored 14 points on 6-8 shooting from the floor, while Luther scored 13 points, and Grubbs had 10 points and four rebounds.
     Pitt-Johnstown ended the night shooting 47.3% from the field, 4-12 from 3-point range, and 13-19 from the free-throw line.  The Battlers shot 47.4% from the floor, 9-21 from 3-point range, and 10-13 from the charity stripe.
     Grubbs stands in fifth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,499 points and third on the all-time rebounding list with 863 rebounds. Novak is  16th on the scoring list with 1,119 points and ninth on the assists list with 326, while Jordan Miller is sixth on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 160.
     Bohanon finished with game-highs of 30 points and nine rebounds to lead Alderson-Broaddus to its ninth consecutive victory.  Roy Brown scored 15 points for the Battlers, who improved to 10-2 overall and 8-1 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats travel to Davis & Elkins (WV) College for a WVIAC game on Thursday, before returning home to host a WVIAC doubleheader with the Lady Cats against Ohio Valley (WV) University on Saturday in the Sports Center.  The Lady Cats will tip-off at 1 p.m., followed by the men's game a 3 p.m.