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VS. #10-Seeded Seton Hill University - 02/28/12

ATH11_056_MillerJ_TMiller Breaks Single-Season 3-Point Record to Help Mountain Cats Advance in WVIAC Tournament with Win Over Seton Hill
02/28/12... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored a game-high 26 points, and Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) added 19 points made four 3-pointers to break the school's single-season record and help lead the seventh-seeded Mountain Cats to a spot in Thursday's WVIAC Quarterfinals in with an 85-75 victory over 10th-seeded Seton Hill University, Tuesday night in the Sports Center.
     Pitt-Johnstown advances to take on second-seeded University of Charleston (WV) on Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va.
     David Windsor hit a 3-pointer to put Seton Hill up 8-5 early, but Pitt-Johnstown doubled-up the Griffins 24-12 over the next 11 minutes to build an 11-point lead.
     Miller, who needs 11 points to become Pitt-Johnstown's 24th 1,000-point scorer, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie Josue Nieves' Pitt-Johnstown single-season record of 89 set in 1999-00 and give the Mountain Cats a 10-13 advantage, before Novak foul line jumper extended it to eight with 9:14 left in the half.
     Pitt-Johnstown closed out the run and made it 29-18 on Matt Palo's (North Huntingdon, Pa.) bucket in the paintat the 4:49 mark.
    After Seton Hill pulled to within seven, Miller connected on his record-setting 3-pointer at 2:01 to extend it back into double-digits. 
    The Griffins battled back again to cut it to four with 1:14 to go on consecutive Andrew Cressler 3-pointers, but Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) tip-in at the buzzer pushed the Mountain Cat lead back out to eight at 36-28 at the half.
     Pitt-Johnstown kept the momentum to start the second half.  Four points from Grubbs and a 3-pointer by Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) quickly made it 43-30 less than two  minutes into the second half.
     Another Luther 3-pointer at 14:02 build the lead to 50-36, the Griffins outscored the Mountain Cats 11-4 over the next three minutes to get to within seven on a Matt Miller 3-pointer.
     Pitt-Johnstown scored the next eight points, including a conventional 3-point play by Noah Hartung (Butler, Pa.), to make it 62-47, but the Griffins kept fighting and got the deficit back down to seven again with 4:47 to play.
     However, Pitt-Johnstown never let Seton Hill get any closer and went on to the 10-point victory.
     Novak led all scorers and three Mountain Cats who scored in double figures with 26 points.  Miller had 19 points and five rebounds, while Grubbs tallied 16 points and six rebounds.  Luther and Hartung each chipped-in nine points in the victory.
     Grubbs is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leading rebounder with 987.  He also stands in third-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,748 points. Novak is eighth on the scoring list with 1,393 points and seventh on the assists list with 375, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 211 and 11 points shy of becoming Pitt-Johnstown's 24th 1,000-point scorer. Miller also holds the school-record for 3-pointers in a season with 91.
     Pitt-Johnstown, which out-rebounded Seton Hill 33-18, shot 62.8% (27-43) from the floor, 8-14 from 3-point range, and a solid 23-29 from the free-throw line.  The Griffins shot 47.6% (30-63) from the field, 10-23 from behind the 3-point line and 5-5 from the charity stripe.
     Chris Giles scored 20 points to pace Seton Hill.  Matt Miller had 18 points and Cressler netted 17 points for the Griffins, whose season came to an end with an 11-16 record.