University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Davis & Elkins (WV) College - 01/17/13

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Mountain Cats Down Davis & Elkins, 76-67
     01/17/13... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored 23 points, Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) hit five-three-pointers, and the Mountain Cats used a 17-3 second half run to break open a two-point game in a 76-67 WVIAC victory over Davis & Elkins (WV) College, Thursday night in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 8-6 overall and 5-6 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats led wire to wire in the first half.  Jordan Miller's 3-pointer put Pitt-Johnstown up 7-2, before six straight points Novak extended it to 21-12 at the midway point of the half.
     Davis & Elkins scored the next seven to cut it to 21-19 on an Ante Cosic lay-up three minutes later.
     Pitt-Johnstown got a bucket from Noah Hartung (Butler, Pa.) with just under five minutes left to rebuild the lead to six, but the Senators outscored the Mountain Cats 7-3 the rest of the way, including Ethan White's jumper from the corner with time running out, to cut it to 28-26 at the break.
     Davis & Elkins held on to the momentum to start the second half and got a 3-pointer from Devin Miller at 17:50 that gave the Senators their first lead of the night at 35-33.
     However, Jordan Miller's driving lay-up quickly tied it, before Novak got the lead back on the Mountain Cats' next possession and ignited a 17-3 run and push the lead to 50-38 with just over 12 minutes to play.
     Matt Palo's (North Huntingdon, Pa.) jumper made 54-42, but the Senators would not go away and used a 16-7 run over the next six minutes to pull to within three at 61-58 on two Brian Dixon free-throws with 4:21 to play.
     That would be as close as it would get.  Pitt-Johnstown rebuilt the lead to nine on Andrew Cressler's (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 3-pointer two minutes later and the Mountain Cats went on to the nine-point victory.
     Novak finished with a game-high 23 points and five assists, while Jordan Miller had 21 points, including 5-9 from 3-point range.  Cressler rounded out the Mountain Cats who scored in double figures with 12 points and seven rebounds.  Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) had eight points and seven boards, and Hartung pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
     Novak currently stands in fourth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,710 points and third on the assists list with 464, while Miller is 14th on the scoring list with (1,205 pts.) and second on the all-time 3-point field goal list (256), 13 shy of Danny Branch's record of 269 set in 2011.
    
Pitt-Johnstown shot an impressive 55.6% from the floor, an even 50% (9-18) from behind the 3-point line, and 17-24 from the free-throw line.  The Mountain Cats held the Senators to just 35.8% shooting for the game and just 9-29 from 3-point range.  Davis & Elkins also hit 10-12 from the charity stripe.
     Devin Miller scored 19 points and had six rebounds, and Igor Premasunac tallied 11 points and six rebounds for the Senators, who dropped to 3-10 overall and 2-9 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats travel to WVIAC games at Seton Hill University on Saturday and West Virginia State University on Monday, before hosting a non-conference game against Penn State-Beaver on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center.