University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at Seton Hill University - 01/19/13

ATH11_057_NovakN_TSeton Hill Deals Mountain Cats 72-67 Loss
     01/19/13.... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) poured in a game-high 22 poiints, but Seton Hill University used a 10-5 run to close out the game and hand the Mountain Cats a 72-67 road WVIAC loss on Saturday.  Pitt-Johnstown slipped to 8-7 overall and 5-7 in conference-play.
     Seton Hill hit three of its first four 3-pointers, including one by Max Kenyi, that put the Griffins up by five 8:30 into the game, but the Mountain Cats got four points from Novak and a jumper from Matt Palo (North Huntingdon, Pa.) in an 8-0 run that gave the lead back to Pitt-Johnstown, 20-17, at 9:42.
     The Griffins countered and outscored the Mountain Cats 17-10 the rest of the way to take a four-point halftime advantage.

     Uzren Bjeloggric's lay-up put Seton Hill back into the lead at 4:17, before a Max Kenyi basket with 1:25 left made it 34-30 lead at the break.
     After Bill Luther's (Gibsonia, Pa.) 3-pointer to open the second half cut the Pitt-Johnstown deficit to one, Seton Hill scored nine of the next 11 points to go up 43-35 on Lenjo Kilo's jumper at 15:33.
     The Griffins extended it to 49-41 on two Malachi Leonard free-throws with 12 minutes remaining, but the Mountain Cats answered with a 14-4 run, capped by another Novak bucket, over the next four minutes to retake the lead 55-51.
     Seton Hill battled back again to go up 62-57, but the Mountain Cats tied it at 62 on Noah Hartung's (Butler, Pa.) conventional three-point play at 2:59.
     However, the Griffins outscored the Mountain Cats 10-5 down the stretch to seal the five-point win.
     Novak led all scorers with 22 points (6-6 free-throws) and five rebounds.  Luther hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and five rebounds, while Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) added nine points all on 3-pointers.  Pitt-Johnstown also got five points, seven rebounds and four assists from Hartung and six points apiece from Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) and Palo in the loss.
     Novak currently stands in fourth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,732 points and third on the assists list with 467, while Miller is 14th on the scoring list with (1,214 pts.) and second on the all-time 3-point field goal list (259), 10 shy of Danny Branch's record of 269 set in 2011.
     The Mountain Cats, who out-rebounded Seton Hill 32-24,  shot 48% (26-54) from the field, 6-15 from 3-point range, and 9-12 from the free-throw line.  The Griffins ended the day shooting 52% (26-50) from the floor, 6-12 from behind the 3-point line, and 14-18 from the charity stripe.
     David Winsor's 14 points led three Seton Hill players who scored in double figures.  Malachi Leonard had 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Kenyi had 10 points for the Griffins, who improved to 8-7 overall and 5-6 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats travel to West Virginia State University for a WVIAC game on Monday, before hosting a non-conference game against Penn State-Beaver on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and a conference doubleheader with the Lady Cats against West Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday.  The Lady Cats will tip-off Saturday's games at 1 p.m., with the men's game to follow at 3 p.m.