University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College - 01/07/13

ATH11_054_LutherB_TMountain Cats Fall Short at A-B, 75-71
     01/07/13... (Box Score) The Mountain Cats battled back from a 10-point second half deficit to tie it with 2:42 to play, but Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College was able to hold off Pitt-Johnstown, 75-71, Monday night in Philippi, W.Va.  Pitt-Johnstown got 18 points on six 3-pointers from Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.), but slipped to 6-5 overall and 3-5 in the WVIAC. 
     A pair of 3-pointers, followed by a an O'Dell Eargle jumper at the 11:46 mark of the first half put Alderson-Broaddus in front 18-14.
     The Mountain Cats came right back with a 10-1 run, capped by two of Andrew Cressler's (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 13 first half points, to go up 19-14 three minutes later.
     Pitt-Johnstown held the lead the rest of the half.
     Ian Vescovi's (Patton, Pa.) put-back with 1:13 left got the lead back to five, but the Battlers pulled to within two at 37-35 at the break when Jonathan Ferguson's 3-pointer dropped as time expired.
     Alderson-Broaddus came out on a 20-8 run over the first nine minutes of the second half to regain the lead at 55-45, but the Mountain Cats bounced back with a 12-3 run, highlighted by three Luther 3-pointers, to cut it to 58-57 at 9:10.
     The Battlers pushed it back out to 63-57 on Kirklin Bohanon's dunk, before the Mountain Cats came back again to knot it at 73 on Noah Hartung's (Butler, Pa.) lay-up and free-throw with 1:42 to play.
     However, Alderson-Broaddus got a jumper from Roy Brown to regain the lead on its next possession, and two free-throws from Casey Ainsley with five seconds on the clock to seal the win for the Battlers.
     Luther's 18 points on 6-11 shooting from 3-point range led three Mountain Cats who scored in double figures. Cressler finished with 17 points, and Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) had 14 points, including 6-6 free-throws. Pitt-Johnstown also got nine points from Paul Weatherly (Johnstown, Pa.) off the bench, and a team-high eight rebounds from Vescovi.
     Novak currently stands in fourth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,652 points and third on the assists list with 450, while Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list (244) and 15th on the scoring list with (1,155 pts.).
     Pitt-Johnstown shot an even 50% (27-54) from the field, 8-14 from 3-point range, and a perfect 9-9 from the charity stripe. The Battlers, who out rebounded the Mountain Cats 33-23 and held a 20-7 advantage in second-chance points, shot 51% (29-57) from the floor, 8-20 from behind the 3-point line, and 9-13 from the free-throw line.
     Eargle and Bohanon each scored 21 points to pace the Battlers, who improved to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats wrap-up a stretch of three consecutive WVIAC games at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Thursday. Pitt-Johnstown will return home on Monday to host a conference doubleheader with the Lady Cats against Ohio Valley (WV) University. The Lady Cats will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.