University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Ohio Valley (WV) University - 01/14/13

ATH11_057_NovakN_TMountain Cats Dominate Ohio Valley, 90-53
     01/14/13... (Box Score) The Mountain Cats raced out to a double-digit lead less than five minutes into the game, before building a 35-point halftime advantage in a dominating 90-53 WVIAC victory over Ohio Valley (WV) University, Monday night in the Sports Center.  Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored 16 points, and Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) added 15 points to help Pitt-Johnstown snap a four-game losing skid and improved to 7-6 overall and 4-6 in conference-play. 
     It was all Mountain Cats from the opening tip.  Novak's dunk five minutes in put Pitt-Johnstown up 15-2, before Matt Palo (North Huntingdon, Pa.) hit a 3-pointer five minutes later to extend it to 30-10.
     Pitt-Johnstown wasn't done there.  Miller's 3-pointer got the margin to 31, and Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) gave Pitt-Johnstown a 35-point halftime advantage at 51-16 with a put-back with just under a minute remaining.
     It was more of the same in the second half.  Osvaldas Gaizauskas' 3-pointer for Ohio Valley opened the second half scoring and cut the deficit to 32, but that's all the closer the Fighting Scots could get.
     The Mountain Cat lead grew to 41 at 64-23 on another Miller 3-pointer at the 14:39 mark, then to 45 on a Noah Hartung (Butler, Pa.) free-throw less than two minutes, before Pitt-Johnstown cruised to 37-point win.
     Novak scored 16 points and dished out six assists to lead four Mountain Cat double digit scorers on a night that saw all nine Pitt-Johnstown players who dressed score at lead six points.  Miller had 15 points on 5-9 shooting from 3-point range, while Vescovi had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Drew Cressler (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 11 points and seven rebounds.  Hartung finished with eight points and five rebounds.   
     Novak currently stands in fourth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,687 points and third on the assists list with 459, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list (251) and 14th on the scoring list with (1,184 pts.).
Pitt-Johnstown shot 53.4% (39-73) from the floor, while holding Ohio Valley to just 32.1% (18-56) shooting.  The Mountain Cats, which dominated the glass 49-25, hit 8-19 from behind the 3-point line and 4-5 from the free-throw line.  The Fighting Scots were also 8-19 from 3-point range and 9-10 from the charity stripe.
     Gaizauskas led all scorers with 22 points, and Ashton Brown had 17 points to lead Ohio Valley, which dropped to 2-13 overall and 1-8 in the WVIAC. 
     The Mountain Cats will host a conference doubleheader with the Lady Cats against Davis & Elkins (WV) College on Thursday, before traveling to Seton Hill University on Saturday for another WVIAC game. The Lady Cats will tip-off Thursday's doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Center, with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m.