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at West Virginia Wesleyan College - 01/10/13

ATH11_057_NovakN_TBobcats Rally For 74-69 Win Over Mountain Cats
     01/10/13... (Box Score) West Virginia Wesleyan College erased a 10-point halftime deficit with a 26-8 run to open the second half on its way to handing the Mountain Cats a 74-69 WVIAC road loss on Thursday.  Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored 19 points to lead four Pitt-Johnstown players who scored in double figures.  Pitt-Johnstown has dropped its last four games and slipped to 6-6 overall and 3-6 in conference-play.
     Back-to-back baskets by Novak put the Mountain Cats in front 15-9 five minutes in, but West Virginia Wesleyan us a 12-7 run, capped a pair of Noah Cottrill free-throws, to cut it to 22-18 5:42 later.
     Pitt-Johnsotwn quickly pushed it back out to eight on an Andrew Cressler (Pittsburgh, Pa.) dunk, then into double digits at 34-24 on Ian Vescovi's (Patton, Pa.) short jumper  at 4:18.
     The Bobcats got it down to six, before Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) conneted for a 3-pointer to extended it to a 12-point advantage with 1:51 left to help the Mountain Cats take a 40-30 ead at halftime.
     Twelve straight points by the Bobcats to open the second half erased the deficit and gave West Virginia Wesleyan a 42-40 advantage on 3-pointers from Cottrill and Raymond Warren.
     T.J. Thompson's 3-pointer extended the run to 26-8 and built the Bobcat lead to 58-46 midway through the half.
     Novak's bucket with 1:20 to play got the Mountain Cats to within two, but West Virginia Wesleyan got a 3-pointer from Dressing on its next possession to extend it back to five and hit four straight free-throws in the final 24 seconds to seal the win.
     Novak led the way for Pitt-Johnstown with 19 points and six rebounds.  Vescovi finished with 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Cressler added 12 points and six rebounds.  Miller rounded out the Mountain Cats who scored in double figures with 14 points.
     Novak currently stands in fourth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,671 points and third on the assists list with 453, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list (246) and 15th on the scoring list with (1,169 pts.).
     Pitt-Johnstown wrapped-up the night shooting 48% (31-65) from the field, but just 3-10 from 3-point range.  The Mountain Cats also hit 4-8 from the free-throw line.  West Virginia Wesleyan shot 44% (24-55) from the floor, but used eight 3-pointers and 18-21 from the charity stripe to earn the win.
     Kelsey Williams had game-highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds, while Cottrill and Thompson chipped in 16 and 14 points, respectively for the Bobcats, who improved to 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats host conference doubleheaders with the Lady Cats against Ohio Valley (WV) University on Monday and Davis & Elikns (WV) College on Thursday, before traveling to Seton Hill University on January 19 for another WVIAC game.  The Lady Cats will tip-off both home doubleheaders at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Center, followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.