University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Penn State-Altoona - 11/13/12

ATH11_064_VescoviI_TMountain Cats Dominate PSU-Altoona, 100-60
11/13/12... (Box Score) Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) posted career-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds to lead a group of six Mountain Cats who scored in double-figures in Pitt-Johnstown's dominating 100-60 non-conference victory over Penn State-Altoona, Tuesday night in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 2-0. 
    Penn State-Altoona was able to keep it close early.  Jonathan Ross' lay-up off the opening tip put the Lions in front 2-0.
     The Mountain Cats bounced back to take an 18-10 lead on an Vescovi dunk six minutes into the game, but another bucket from Ross got Penn State-Altoona to within three at 18-15 a minute later.
     However, it was all Mountain Cats the rest of the way.  Pitt-Johnstown outscored the Lions 39-10 over the final 12:56 of the half to build a 32-point lead.
     Five straight points from Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) extended it to 29-15 at the 9:30 mark, before Dereck Malzi's (Johnstown, Pa.) lay-up gave the Mountain Cats a 21-point advantage with 5:32 to go.
     Pitt-Johnstown never looked back and took a 57-25 halftime lead on Bill Luther's (Gibsonia, Pa.) dunk with less than a minute to go.
     It was more of the same in the second half.  The Lions scored on the second possession to get the deficit down to 31, but that was as close as it would get.
     The Mountain Cats pushed the lead to 41 points five times, with the last coming on Noah Hartung's (Butler, Pa.) basket with 4:23 left, before extending it to 42 on a Matt Palo (North Huntingdon, Pa.) lay-up with 32 seconds remaining.
     Vescovi finished with a game-highs of 18 points on 7-10 shooting and nine rebounds to pace six Mountain Cats who scored in double-figures.  Miller had 16 points, including three 3-pointers, and Palo finished with 16 points and six rebounds.  Andrew Cressler (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 13 points, and Luther had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) rounded out the double-figure scores with 10 points and a game-high seven assists.  
     Novak is seventh on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,446 points and seventh on the assists list with 395, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 217 and 23rd on the scoring list with 1,025 points.
     Pitt-Johnstown ended the night shooting 60.3% (41-68) from the floor, 7-17 from 3-point range, and an solid 11-12 from the free-throw line.  Penn State-Altoona was to held to 44.6% (25-56) shooting, including just 3-12 from behind the 3-point line.  The Lions were also 7-13 from the charity stripe.
     Matt Gehret had 12 points and six rebounds, and Ross chipped-in 10 points for Penn State-Altoona. 

     The Mountain Cats travel to Concord (WV) University on Saturday to open WVIAC-play, before returning home to host a conference double header with the Lady Cats against Bluefield State (WV) College on Tuesday in the Sports Center.  The Lady Cats tip-off at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m.