University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at West Virginia Wesleyan College - 02/22/12

ATH11_052_GrubbsP_TMountain Cats Fall 86-69 at W.Va. Wesleyan
     02/22/12... (Box Score) West Virginia Wesleyan College erased a five-point deficit with a 26-6 run to close out the first half and start the second on its way to dealing the Mountain Cats their fifth loss in the last six games with an 86-69 setback Wednesday night in Buckhannon, W.Va.  Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) added 22 points for Pitt-Johnstown, now 13-13 overall and 11-10 in the WVIAC.
     After falling behind 6-2 early, the Mountain Cats tied it at eight on a Grubbs lay-up, then again at 10 on Novak's bucket, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Colby Wohlleb and Raymont McElroy put West Virginia Wesleyan up 16-10 at the 12:45 mark of the first half.
     Pitt-Johnstown battled back with a 21-10 run over the next 8:30 to take a five-point lead of its own.  The Mountain Cats took their first lead of the night at 25-24 with seven minutes left and extended it to 31-26 on Novak's jumper at 4:16.
     The Bobcats then outscored Pitt-Johnstown 14-4 the rest of the way, including Reggie Chambers' bucket with under a minute that gave West Virginia Wesleyan a 40-35 halftime advantage.
     Six points from apiece Kelsey Williams and Chambers to start the second half helped the Bobcats extend the run to 26-6 and build the lead to 52-37 at 16:20.
    The Mountain Cats responded by scoring the next eight points to pull to within eight on a Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) 3-pointer and a lay-up from Grubbs
     However, Wohlleb's 3-pointer closed a 13-2 West Virginia Wesleyan run over the next five minutes to make it 65-46 with 8:51 to play.
     Grubbs' lay-up with 41 second remaining got the deficit down to 10 for the fourth time, but Pitt-Johnstown could not finish the comeback.
     Grubbs collected his 40th career double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Novak added 22 points.  Miller finished with 11 points, and Noah Hartung (Butler, Pa.) had five points and five rebounds for the Mountain Cats.
     Grubbs is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leading rebounder with 963.  He also stands in third-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,712 points.  Novak is ninth on the scoring list with 1,349 points and eighth on the assists list with 369, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 203 and 49 points shy of becoming Pitt-Johnstown's 24th 1,000-point scorer.  Miller also needs six 3-pointers to tie Josue Nieves' school-record of 89 in a season set in 1999-00.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot 50% (29-58) from the field, but just 4-16 from 3-point range.  The Mountain Cats were also 7-11 from the free-throw line.  West Virginia Wesleyan finished the night shooting 52% (34-65) from the floor, 7-16 from behind the 3-point line, and 11-15 from the charity stripe.
     McElroy and Wohlleb scored 21 and 20 points, respectively to lead West Virginia Wesleyan.  Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Chambers tallied 14 points and 10 assists for the Bobcats, now 18-7 overall and 14-7 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats return home to celebrate Senior Day and close out the regular season with a conference doubleheader with the Lady Cats against Seton Hill on Saturday.  The Lady Cats will tip-off at 1 p.m. with the men's game at 3 p.m.  Pitt-Johnstown will then tip-off the 2012 WVIAC Tournament on Tuesday.