University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at Ohio Valley (WV) University - 01/26/12

ATH11_056_MillerJ_TMountain Cats Hammer Ohio Valley, 93-71
     01/26/12... (Box Score) Pitt-Johnstown shot 57% from the field, including 11-15 from 3-point range, and used a 15-0 run to close out the first half with 16-point lead in a 93-71 WVIAC win at Ohio Valley (WV) University on Thursday.  Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) scored 20 points, and Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) added 18 on a night that saw all five starters score in double figures to help the Mountain Cats improve to 10-7 overall and 8-4 in the WVIAC.
     Luther hit his first three 3-pointers, and Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) connected on a short jumper to help the Mountain Cats race out to a 23-13 lead six minutes into the game.
     Six straight points for Ohio Valley made it 23-19, but Miller answered with a pair of 3-pointers to rebuild the lead to seven, before the Fighting Scots battled back to within one at 30-29 on a Steve White Jr. basket with 7:28 left in the half.
     However, Pitt-Johnstown, which led wire-to-wire, scored the final 15 points of the half to extend its lead to 16 at the break.  Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) scored twice in a row in the paint, and Luther made his fourth 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining to give the Mountain Cats a 45-29 halftime advantage.
     Trey Vaughn's 3-pointer to open the second half ended the run and got the Ohio Valley deficit down to 13, but Pitt-Johnstown extended the lead to 71-49 on another Miller 3-pointer midway through the half.
     The Fighting Scots again got it down to 13 on a bucket from Lance Jones bucket with 5:47 left, before the Mountain Cats coasted to the 22-point victory.
     Miller led five Mountain Cat double figure scorers with 20 points, while Luther had 18 points on  6-7 shooting from 3-point range.  Grubbs tallied 16 points and nine reobunds, and Novak had 16 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.  Weatherly finished with 10 points and nine reobunds, and Matt Palo (North Huntingdon, Pa.) chipped-in six points and six rebounds off the bench.
     Grubbs stands  in fourth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,561 points and second on the all-time rebounding list with 894 rebounds.  Novak is 13th on the scoring list with 1,195 points and eighth on the assists list with 341, while Jordan Miller is tied with Quinton Davis for third on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 174.
     Pitt-Johnstown, which dominated the glass by out rebounding Ohio Valley 44-22, shot 57.1% (32-56) from the field, 11-15 from behind the 3-point line, and 18-26 from the free-throw line.  The Fighting Scots were held to just 38.6% (27-70) shooting for the game.  Ohio Valley was also 9-24 from 3-point range and 8-12 from the charity stripe.
     Vaughn scored 18 points, and Austin Cunningham had 14 points to pace the Fighting Scots, who dropped to 5-11 overall and 5-8 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats host a conference doubleheader with the Lady Cats 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.