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at West Virginia State University - 02/18/12

ATH11_052_GrubbsP_TGrubbs Becomes Mountain Cats' All-time Leading Rebounder in Loss at WV State
     02/18/12... (Box Score) Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) collected a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds to become Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leading rebounder, but West Virginia State University used a 30-6 second half run to defeat the Mountain Cats, 73-57, Saturday afternoon in Institute, W.Va.  The Mountain Cats slipped to 13-12 overall and 11-9 in the WVIAC.
     Grubbs, who needed five rebounds to tie Don Elzer's school record of 945 that stood since 1977, claimed the milestone when he pulled down his sixth rebound of the game at the 12:44 mark of the first half.  He currently has 952 career rebounds.
     David Ford's lay-up six minutes in put West Virginia State up 11-6.
     Jordan Miller's (Vinco, Pa.) conventional 3-point play on the Mountain Cats' next possession cut it to 11-9, but the Yellow Jackets used a 12-4 run over the next 3:42 to open-up a 23-13 advantage on Dustin Jones' 3-pointer midway through the half.
     Pitt-Johnstown battled back to regain the lead 30-29 with a 17-6 spurt of its own.  Two Miller free-throws knotted it at 29, before Grubbs conected on 1-2 from the line to give the Mountain Cats the lead with 1:30 left.
     After exchanging baskets, Corey Bethea scored as time expired to give West Virginia State a slim 33-32 halftime advantage.
     Bill Luther's (Gibsonia, Pa.) tip-in and Grubbs' basket made it 36-33 Mountain Cats early in the second half, but West Virginia State outscored Pitt-Johnstown 30-6, including 17 points by Bethea, over the next 10:40, to push the lead out to 63-42 at 8:11.
     Six straight points from Grubbs ingnited a 12-3 Pitt-Johnstown run the cut it to 66-54 on two Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) free-throws with 4:34 to play, but it never got any closer.
    
Grubbs led three Mountain Cats who scored in double-figures with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.  Novak had 13 points, and Miller finished with 10 points.  Matt Palo (North Huntingdon, Pa.) chipped in six points and four rebounds off the bench, while Luther pulled down seven rebounds.
     Grubbs is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leading rebounder with 952.  He also stands in third-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,689 points.  Novak is 10th on the scoring list with 1,327 points and eighth on the assists list with 367, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 200 and 60 points shy of becoming Pitt-Johnstown's 24th 1,000-point scorer.  Miller also needs nine 3-pointers to tie Josue Nieves' school-record of 89 in a season set in 1999-00.
     Pitt-Johnstown was held to a season-low 41% (21-51) shooting from the field and 0-9 from behind the 3-point line.  The Mountain Cats were also 15-20 from the free-throw line.  West Virginia State shot 53% (32-60) from the floor, 5-18 from 3-point range, and 4-5 from the charity stripe.
     Bethea scored a game-high 21 points, and Ford had 20 points for West Virginia State.  The Yellow Jackets also got 12 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists from Delrico Lane to improve to 13-11 overall and 11-9 in conference-play.
     The Mountain Cats wrap-up a stretch of four straight WVIAC road games at West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday, before returning home to celebrate Senior Day and close out the regular season with a conference doubleheader with the Lady Cats against Seton Hill on Saturday, Feb. 25.  The Lady Cats will tip-off at 1 p.m. with the men's game at 3 p.m.