University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Seton Hill University - 02/25/12

ATH11_052_GrubbsP_TGrubbs Leads Mountain Cats to Senior Day Win Over Seton Hill
     02/25/12... (Box Score) Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) collected a double-double in the first half and finished with 20 points and a career-high tying 18 rebounds, and Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) added 19 points to lead the Mountain Cats to an 82-75 Senior Day WVIAC win in the Sports Center over Seton Hill University on Saturday.  Pitt-Johnstown should have locked-up a First Round WVIAC Tournament home game on Tuesday and improved to 14-13 overall and 12-10 in conference-play.
      After a back-and-forth first 11 minutes that saw Seton Hill take a slim 18-15 lead on Andrew Cressler's jumper, Grubbs  and Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) took over and led the Mountain Cats on a 22-10 run over the final nine minutes of first half.
     Grubbs and Novak combined 25 first half points, with Grubbs scoring 11 of them and pulling down 10 first half rebounds to collect his 41st career-double-double.
     Novak's lay-up erased the three-point deficit and gave the lead back to Pitt-Johnstown at 21-20 with 7:40 left.
     The Mountain Cats increased it seven on two Grubbs free-throws three minutes later, before Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) drained a 3-pointer with 2:25 remaining to build it to 12 at 37-35.
     The Griffins answered to cut it to 37-28 at the break on David Windsor's 3-pointer as time expired.
     Seton Hill kept the momentum from Windsor's 3-pointer and scored the first eight points of the second half to pull to within one on Chris Giles' lay-up and free-throw.
     Jordan Miller's 3-pointer pushed the lead back to five at 43-38 a minute later, before Matt Miller and Cressler scored five straight for the Griffins to knot it at 43.
     Another Jordan Miller 3-pointer at the 12:18 mark rebuilt the Pitt-Johnstown lead to eight.
     Seton Hill battled back again.  This time with an 11-3 run, capped by Matt Miller's 3-pointer, to make it 62-69 in favor of the Griffins.
     However, the Mountain Cats regained control with a 12-0 run of its own, highlighted by consecutive 3-pointers from Paul Weatherly (Johnstown, Pa.), to go up 71-62 with 3:20 to play.
     That's all Pitt-Johnstown would need.  Seton Hill got the deficit down to four with 1:48 on the clock, but the Mountain Cats hit 9-10 from the free-throw line down the stretch, including 5-6 from Jordan Miller, to preserve the win.
     Grubbs led four Mountain Cats who scored in double figures with 20 points and a game-high 18 rebounds.  Miller had 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and five assists, while Novak had 18 points and three assists.  Weatherly rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points and a game-high seven assists.  
     Grubbs is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leading rebounder with 981. He also stands in third-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,732 points. Novak is ninth on the scoring list with 1,367 points and seventh on the assists list with 372, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 207 and 30 points shy of becoming Pitt-Johnstown's 24th 1,000-point scorer. Miller also needs two 3-pointers to tie Josue Nieves' school-record of 89 in a season set in 1999-00.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot 53.7% (29-54) from the floor, 8-16 from 3-point range, and 16-21 from the free-throw line.  Seton Hill ended the day shoting 47.5% (28-59) from the field, 6-20 from behind the 3-point line, and 13-16 from the charity stripe.
     Giles led Seton Hill all scorers with 26 points.  Matt Miller added 22 points for the
Griffins, now 11-15 overall and 9-13 in the WVIAC.
     Prior to the game, Pitt-Johnstown recognized seniors Patrick Grubbs and Marc Rozanski (White Oak, Pa.).
     Pitt-Johnstown will open the 2012 WVIAC Tournament on Tuesday.