University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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at Fairmont State (WV) University - 02/01/12

ATH11_052_GrubbsP_TMountain Cats Rally For 92-87 Win at Fairmont State
     02/01/12... (Box Score) Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) scored a game-high 28 points and Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) added 26 points to help the Mountain Cats overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and earn a 92-87 WVIAC victory at Fairmont State (WV) university on Wednesday.  Pitt-Johnstown, which made 18-19 from the free-throw line and shot an impressive 67% from the floor, improved to 11-8 overall and 9-5 in the WVIAC.
     Fairmont State opened-up a 17-11 lead on a Steve Custis jumper five minutes into the game, but Grubbs' bucket in the paint got Pitt-Johnstown to within one three minutes later, and Novak hit a pair of free-throws to give the Mountain Cats a 24-22 midway through the half.
     The Falcons answered with a 3-pointer by Mike Hurd to spark a 28-16 run to close out the half and give Fairmont State a 10-point advantage.
     Custis's 3-pointer with 3:13 left extended the lead to nine, before Nick Bonnett drained a 3-pointer of his own at the buzzer to make it 50-40 at the break.
     Hurd hit another 3-pointer for the Falcons to extend the lead to 12 early in the second half, but the Mountain Cats stormed back with a 16-4 run of their own to tie it at 62 on a Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) 3-pointer with 13 minutes to play.
     Fairmont State regained the lead by six, before Pitt-Johnstown answered again with a 24-11 spurt over the next over the next eight minutes to take a 86-79 on Novak's fastbreak basket.
     The Falcons cut it to 86-83 with two minutes to play, but Grubbs and Novak combined to make six straight free-throws down the stretch to secure the win.
     Grubbs led all scorers with 28 points on 11-14 shooting and 6-6 from the free-throw line.  Grubbs also pulled down eight rebounds, while Novak added 26 points, including a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe, and four rebounds.  Miller finished with 15 points on five 3-pointers, and Noah Hartung (Butler, Pa.) collected 10 points to round out the double figure scorers.  Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) chipped-in nine points in the victory.
     Pitt-Johnstown ended the night shooting 66.7% (34-51) from the field, 6-13 from 3-point range, and 18-19 from the free-throw line.  Fairmont State shot 54.4% (37-68) from the floor and 11-30 from behind the 3-point line.  However, the Falcons were just 2-8 from the charity stripe.          
     Grubbs stands in third-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,601 points and second on the all-time rebounding list with 910 rebounds, just 35 shy of Don Elzer of the Pitt-Johnstown record. Novak is 12th on the scoring list with 1,240 points and eighth on the assists list with 345, while Jordan Miller is third on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 180.
    
Custis led three Fairmont State players who scored in double figures with 26 points.  Isaac Thornton had 18 points and seven assists, and Hurd had 15 points to lead the Falcons, who dropped to 7-12 overall and 5-10 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats host a WVIAC doubleheader with the Lady Cats against Bluefield State (WV) College on Saturday afternoon, before traveling another conference game at Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University on Monday.