University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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at Concord (WV) University - 11/17/12

ATH11_057_NovakN_TMountain Cats Fall at Concord in WVIAC Opener
     11/17/12... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) poured in a game-high 27 points to help the Mountain Cats claw back from a 14-point second half deficit, but Concord (WV) University never gave up the lead and handed Pitt-Johnstown an 86-76 road loss on Saturday to open WVIAC-play.  The Mountain Cats are now 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the WVIAC.
     Concord ran out to an 8-0 lead two minutes into the game on a Thomas Brown 3-pointer, before Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) knocked down two of his 16 first half points, and Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) followed with a 3-pointer to get the Mountain Cats to within three at 8-5.
     The Mountain Lions pushed it back out to 17-11 at 12:25, but Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) answered with back-to-back baskets to cut it to 19-17 with nine minutes left in the half.
     Once again, Concord countered.  This time with a 12-4 run over the next three minutes, highlighted by eight points from Damien Tunstalle, to increase the lead to 31-21 at 6:08.
     Eric Bailey then gave the Mountain Lions their largest lead of the half at 38-26, before Concord went into the halftime break leading, 40-32.
     Five straight points to begin the second half ignited a quick 8-2 run to increase the Concord advantage to 48-34.
     Pitt-Johnstown battled back with a 29-15 run over the next 10 minutes  to make it 63-59 on Luther's dunk, before erasing the 14-point deficit and tying it at 63 on another Luther bucket at 7:17.
     However, Concord pushed it back out to 76-68 with 1:14 on the clock and went 10-10 from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal the victory.
     Novak had six rebounds and five assists to go along with his game-high 27 points.  Luther and Miller (4 3-pointers) each had 18 points, while Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points and five rebounds. 
     Novak is seventh on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,473 points and sixth on the assists list with 400, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list with 221 and 21st on the scoring list with 1,043 points.
     Pitt-Johnstown ended the day shooting 47% (31-66) from the field, 6-22 from behind the 3-point line, and 8-12 from the free-throw line.  Concord shot 48% (29-61) from the floor and 9-23 from 3-point range,  The Mountain Lions, who held a 41-32 advantage in rebounding, were also 19-22 from the charity stripe.
     Tunstalle had 25 points and Paul Byrd added 20 points to lead Concord.  Brown chipped-in 12 points and seven reboundss, and Jordan Davis collected 11 points and eight rebounds for the Mountain Lions, who improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats will host a WVIAC doubleheader with the Lady Cats against Bluefield State (WV) College on Tuesday in the Sports Center.  The Lady Cats will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m.