Mountain Cats Suffer 75-53 Loss at Alderson-Broaddus
02/11/12... (Box Score) Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College broke open a three-point halftime advantage with a 21-2 run to open the second half en route to dealing the Mountain Cats a 75-53 road West Virginia Conference loss on Saturday. Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) led Pitt-Johnstown with 17 points. The Mountain Cats have dropped three straight games and slipped to 12-11 overall and 10-8 in the WVIAC.
Things looked bright for the Mountain Cats early. Grubbs' short jumper in the paint nine minutes into the game put Pitt-Johnstown up 16-7.
Alderson-Broaddus answered with a 17-2 run over the next six minutes to take a six-point lead. The Battlers scored 10 straight points, including a lay-up and free-throw by Kason Frierson to regain the lead 17-16, before Nate Barnes' 3-pointer at 5:13 extended the lead to 24-18.
The Mountain Cats battled back to go up 25-24 on Jordan Miller's (Vinco, Pa.) 3-pointer with 3:43 remaining, but trailed 30-27 at the half.
However, Alderson-Broaddus outscored Pitt-Johnstown 21-2 over the first four minutes of the second half to build a 22-point advantage on two more Frierson free-throws, and it was all Battlers after that.
Jonathan Ferguson's 3-pointer at 9:10 pushed the lead to 29 at 67-38. The Mountain Cats got to within 18 on Kevin Byer's (Davidsville, Pa.) basket in the paint with just over three minutes to play, but it never got any closer.
Grubbs, the lone Mountain Cat to score in double figures, finished with 17 points and five rebounds. Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) had eight points, while Matt Palo (North Huntingdon, Pa.) and Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) each had seven points and four rebounds.
Grubbs stands in third-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,659 points and second on the all-time rebounding list with 932 rebounds, just 13 shy of Don Elzer for the Pitt-Johnstown record. Novak is 11th on the scoring list with 1,289 points and eighth on the assists list with 361, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 195 and 91 points shy of becoming Pitt-Johnstown's 24th 1,000-point scorer.
Pitt-Johnstown shot 45.7% (21-47), but just 4-11 from 3-point range and 7-15 from the free-throw line. Alderson-Broaddus shot 50% (29-58) from the floor, 12-26 from behind the 3-point line, and 5-6 from the charity stripe.
Barnes led all scorers with 23 points and nine assists, while Frierson had 19 points and Kurlin Bohanon had 11 points and eight rebounds to pace the Battlers, now 17-5 overall and 14-4 in the WVIAC.
The Mountain Cats continue a stretch of four straight WVIAC road games at Shepherd (WV) University on Wednesday, before returning home to celebrate Senior Day and wrap-up the 2011-12 regular season with a conference doubleheader with the Lady Cats against Seton Hill University on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Lady Cats will tip-off at 1 p.m. with the men's game at 3 p.m.