University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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at Bloomsburg University - 11/10/12

ATH11_056_MillerJ_TJordan Miller Scores 1,000th Point in Mountain Cats' Season-Opening Win at Bloomsburg
     11/10/12... (Box Score) Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) scored 10 points to become the Mountain Cats' 24th 1,000-point scorer, and Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) poured in a game-high 27 points to help Pitt-Johnstown open the 2012-13 season with a 70-58 victory at Bloomsburg University on Saturday.
     Miller, who entered the game with 999 career points, didn't take long to reach the milestone.  Just 1:42 into the game, Miller's lay-up made him Pitt-Johnstown's 24th 1,000-point scorer.
     After falling behind by three early, the Mountain Cats used a 13-0 run over the next 3:57 to go up 15-5.  Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored four of his 11 first half points during the run, and Noah Haurtung (Butler, Pa.) capped it with a basket with just under 14 minutes left in the half.
     Bloomsburg battled back to tie it on a Lorenzo Chirstmas 3-pointer, before the Huskies regained the lead at 21-18 on Dontahe Jordan's 3-pointer at the 9:16 mark.
     Miller's 3-pointer at the three-minute mark rebuilt the Mountain Cat lead to seven, before Pitt-Johnstown took a 35-32 halftime lead when Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) connected for three with 52 seconds left.
     Eight straight points from Novak gave the Mountain Cats a 46-41 lead six minutes into the second half, before Bloomsburg cut it to one 1:15 later.
     Pitt-Johnstown countered to outscore the Huskies 10-2 over the next three minutes to extend it to 56-47 on Paul Weatherly's (Johnstown, Pa.) 3-pointer midway through the half.
    
Bloomsburg got the deficit down to four at 56-52 on a pair of Charles Haigler free-throws at 8:17, but the Mountain Cats held the Huskies to just six points the rest of the way.
     Novak led all scorers with 27 points on 9-16 shooting from the field and 8-9 from the free-throw line.  Weatherly had 11 points, including 3-4 from 3-point range, while Miller rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.  Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) and Luther both finished with nine points for the Mountain Cats.
     Novak is eighth on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,436 points and seventh on the assists list with 388, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 214 and 25th on the scoring list with 1,009 points.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot 49.1% (26-53) from the floor, 7-18 from behind the 3-point line, and 11-15 from the free-throw line, while holding the Huskies to just 32.8% (19-58) shooting, including just 8-25 from 3-point range.  Bloomsburg was also 12-20 from the charity stripe.
     Christmas paced Bloomsburg with 16 points.  Jordan tallied 15 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for the Huskies, who fell to 0-1.
     The Mountain Cats will make their home debut with a non-conference game against Penn State-Altoona on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center, before opening the WVIAC schedule at Concord (WV) University on Saturday.