University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

at West Virginia State University - 01/21/13

ATH11_056_MillerJ_TMountain Cats Crush W.Va. State, 90-58
Jordan Miller Five 3-pointers Away From School Record

     01/21/13... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored 17 points, and Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) hit five 3-pointers to move to within five of the Pitt-Johnstown career record to help the Mountain Cats build a 20-point halftime lead in a 90-58 rout at West Virginia State University on Monday.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 9-7 overall and 6-7 in the WVIAC.
     It was all Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) and the Mountain Cats to start.  Luther scored 13 points and hit four 3-pointers to help Pitt-Johnstown race out to a 20-point lead midway through the first half.
     Luther's 3-pointer at 14:09 put the Mountain Cats in front 18-14, before back-to-back 3-pointers from Luther, followed by a Noah Hartung (Butler, Pa.) lay-up pushed it out to 28-8 with 10:40 left in the half.
     West Virginia State used a 17-7 run, capped by a Raymon Austin jumper at 3:29, to cut the Yellow Jackets' deficit to 35-25, but the Mountain Cats scored the final 10 points of the half.  Pitt-Johnstown got five straight points from Paul Weatherly (Johnstown, Pa.) and a pair of  free-throws with no time left from Novak to rebuild the lead to 45-25 at the half.
     West Virginia State opened the second half with five straight points from Douglas Howard III to pull to within 15.
     However, the Mountain Cats answered with an 29-9 run over the next nine minutes to put the game away.  Miller hit a pair of 3-pointers around a Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) basket to increase it to 59-34, before Weatherly scored in the paint to make it 69-39 with 9:18 to play.
     Pitt-Johnstown built the lead to as many at 38 with 4:20 to play, before going on to the 32-point victory.
     Miller, who went 5-7 from 3-point range, and Novak (7 assists) each scored 17 points to lead five Mountain Cats who scored in double figures.  Weatherly had 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while Luther added 13 points and eight rebounds.  Andrew Cressler (Pittsburgh, Pa.) rounded out the double figures scorers with 12 points and eight rebounds.  The Mountain Cats also got eight points from Matt Palo (North Huntingdon, Pa.) and 12 rebounds and seven blocks from Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.).
     Novak currently stands in fourth-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,749 points and third on the assists list with 474, while Miller is 14th on the scoring list with (1,231 pts.) and second on the all-time 3-point field goal list (264), five shy of Danny Branch's record of 269 set in 2011.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot 49% (37-68) from the field, while holding the Yellow Jackets to just 32% (24-74) shooting.  The Mountain Cats, who held a 51-43 advantage on the glass, also hit 11 3-pointers and shot 13-22 from the free-throw line.
     David Ford and Brandon Ross each scored 11 points, and Austin collected seven points and a game-high 14 rebounds to pace West Virginia State, which fell to 6-11 overall and 4-8 in the WVIAC.
     The Mountain Cats host 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.