Mountain Cats End Season With Loss to Charleston in WVIAC Quarterfinals
03/01/12... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored 16 points and dished out nine assists, but second-seeded University of Charleston (WV) extended a 10-point halftime advantage to 18 3:35 in the second half and went on to end the seventh-seeded Mountain Cats' season with a 77-66 loss in Thursday's WVIAC Quarterfinals at the Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. Pitt-Johnstown finished at 15-14
The Mountain Cats and Golden Eagles battled back-and-forth over the first 14 minutes of the first half. Noah Hartung's (Butler, Pa.) lay-up at 11:34 put Pitt-Johnstown up 21-18, but Charleston used a 9-2 spurt to regain the lead 27-23 on Montavious Marc's dunk 3:15 later.
Jordan Miller's (Vinco, Pa.) driving Lay-up and free-throw cut the deficit to 29-28 and inched him closer to the 1,000-point milestone.
However, the Golden Eagles outscored Pitt-Johnstown 13-4 over the final 6:18 of the half to build a 10-point lead.
Marcus Knott made a short jumper for the Golden Eagles with just over four minutes to go to extend it to eight, and Xavier Humphrey hit a pair of free-throws at 1:37 to make it 42-32 at the break.
Patrick Grubbs (Turtle Creek, Pa.) and Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) each scored early in the second half to cut to eight, but consecutive 3-pointers from Evan Faulkner and a jumper from Brandon Ross quickly pushed it out to 54-36 at 16:35.
Pitt-Johnstown scored the next five, including a 3-pointer from the corner from Paul Weatherly (Johnstown, Pa.), then cut it to 12 on Luther's bucket of of an inbounds pass.
After the Golden Eagles rebuilt the lead to 16 on two occasions, a basket in the paint, followed by a 3-pointer from Hartung started a 9-0 Pitt-Johnstown run to make it 67-60 on Miller's free-throws with 4:58 to play.
The Mountain Cats just couldn't complete the comeback and fell by 11.
Novak led three Mountain Cats who scored in double figures with 16 points, three rebounds, and nine assists. Grubbs had 11 points and nine rebounds, while Miller finished with 10 points to give him 999 for his career. Hartung, Luther, and Weatherly all scored seven points in the loss.
Grubbs is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leading rebounder with 996. He also stands in third-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,759 points. Novak is eighth on the scoring list with 1,409 points and seventh on the assists list with 384, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 212 and one point shy of becoming Pitt-Johnstown's 24th 1,000-point scorer. Miller also holds the school-record for 3-pointers in a season with 92.
Pitt-Johnstown shot 47.8% (32-67), 6-21 from 3-point range, and 7-13 from the free-throw line. Charleston ended the day shooting 49% (25-51) from the floor, 5-15 from behind the 3-point line, and 11-13 from the charity stripe.
P.J. Reyes scored a game-high 20 points, while Faulkner and Humphrey chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively for Charleston, which advances to Friday WVIAC Semifinals. the Golden Eagles improved to 25-5.