University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. West Virginia Wesleyan College - 01/26/13

ATH11_056_MillerJ_TMiller Breaks 3-Point Record in Mountain Cats' 78-64 Win Over W.Va. Wesleyan
01/26/13... (Box Score) Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) hit four 3-pointers to break the Pitt-Johnstown career record, and Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored 23 points to help the Mountain Cats open an 18-point second half lead in a 78-64 WVIAC victory over West Virginia Wesleyan College, Saturday in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown has won five of its last six and improved to 11-7 overall and 7-7 in the WVIAC.
     It was a tight first have that saw the largest lead at just five points.  Miller's record-tying 3-pointer gave the Mountain Cats a slim 14-12 lead nine minutes in, but West Virginia Wesleyan answered to go back in front 19-18 on seven straight points from Kelsey Williams.
     Pitt-Johnstown scored the next five to increase it 26-21 on Ian Vescovi's (Patton, Pa.) lay-up at 4:42, before the Bobcats used a 10-2 run over the next 2:47 to take their largest lead of the half at 31-28.
     However, a Noah hartung (Butler, Pa.) 3-pointer, followed by two Novak free-throws with 12 seconds left gave the Mountain Cats a 35-31 halftime advantage.
     The Mountain Cats began to take control in the second half sparked by 10 points from Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) that extended the lead to eight with 11:33 to play.
     Miller's record-breaking 3-pointer at 9:45 increased it to 11, before Paul Weatherly's (Johnstown, Pa.) basket in the paint at 5:53 gave Piit-Johnstown its largest lead of the day at 64-46.
      The Bobcats countered with a 13-4 run over the next 2:32 to cut it to nine at 68-59 on Raymond Warren's free-throws.
     However, it was too late.  Pitt-Johnstown outscored West Virginia Wesleyan 10-5 down the stretch to put it away.
     Novak had 23 points and five assists to lead three Mountain Cats who scored in double figures,  Miller, who needed three 3-pointers to break the school record, finished with 16 points (4-9 3-FGs) and six rebounds, while Luther rounded out the double figures with 12 points on seven rebounds.  Vescovi and Hartung each tallied nine points in the victory. 
     Novak stands in second-place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,791 points and third on the assists list with 493, while Miller is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leader in 3-point field goals with 271.  Miller is also 12th on the scoring list (1,260 pts.) and and 10th on the assists list (302).  Luther is seventh on the career 3-point field goals list with 161.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot 49.1% (26-53) from the field, 9-22 from 3-point range, and 17-22 from the free-throw line.  The Bobcats ended the day shooting 47.3% (26-55) from the floor, but just 4-16 from behind the 3-point line.  West Virginia Wesleyan was also 8-14 from the charity stripe.
     Williams' game-highs of 32 points and 11 rebounds paced West Virginia Wesleyan, which dropped to 8-9 overall and 5-8 in the WVIAC.

     The  Mountain Cats travel to Shepherd (WV) University on Monday. before returning home to host WVIAC doubleheaders with the Lady Cats against Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College on Thursday, and Glenville State (WV) College on February 4.  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.