University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at Seton Hill University - 01/21/12

ATH11_057_NovakN_TNovak Scores 30 in Mountain Cat Win at Seton Hill
     01/21/12... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) poured in a game-high 30 points, including 21 in the first half, to help the Mountain Cats turn a one-point second half lead into a 14-point advantage in a 79-70 WVIAC victory at Seton Hill University on Saturday.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 9-7 overall and 7-4 in the WVIAC.
     Matt Miller hit a 3-pointer 6:20 into the game to give Seton Hill a 12-11 lead, but the Mountain Cats regained the lead on a Paul Weatherly (Johnstown, Pa.) 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor, and Pitt-Johnstown never fell behind again.  The Mountain Cats outscored the Griffins 31-21the rest of the way to go up by nine at the break.
     Novak connected for three at 5:23 to build the lead to seven, before another Novak basket with 33 seconds remaining gave Pitt-Johnstown its first double-digit lead at 42-31.
     Chris Giles answered with a bucket at the buzzer for the Griffins to cut the deficit to 42-33 at the half.
     Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) opend the second half scoring to rebuild the lead to 11, before Seton Hill used a 10-0 run over the next 2:25 to pull to within one on Miller's 3-pointer, but it was all Mountain Cats after that.
     Pitt-Johnstown answered with a 13-0 spurt of thieir own, capped by a Grubbs' lay-up, to take a 57-43 lead, and the Griffins never recovered.
     Giles' basket in the paint cut it to 71-62 with 2:11 left, but Pitt-Johnstown made seven straight free-throws down the stretch, including four in a row by Novak, to seal the nine-point win.
     Novak led all scorers with 30 points on 11-16 shooting from the field and 7-7 from the free-throw line.  Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) scored 13 points and dished out seven assists, while Grubbs rounded out the double figures with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) had five points and five rebounds, and Weatherly chipped in five rebounds.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot 52.8% (28-53) from the field with six 3-pointers.  The Mountain Cats were also 17-21 from the free-throw line.  Seton Hill was held to 42.9% shooting.  The Griffins were also 10-12 from the charity stripe.
     Grubbs stands  in fourth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,545 points and second on the all-time rebounding list with 885 rebounds.  Novak is 13th on the scoring list with 1,179 points and eighth on the assists list with 336, while Jordan Miller is tied for fourth with Nick Mezyk on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 170.
     Miller led Seton Hill with 21 points,and Giles tallied 19 points and eight rebounds for the Griffins, who dropped to 6-10 overall and 4-8 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats travel to Ohio Valley on Thrusday, before returning home to host a conference doubleheader against the University of Charleston (WV) on Saturday in the Sports Center.  Tip-off for the women’s game is 1 p.m., with the men’s game to follow at 3 p.m.