University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College - 01/31/13

ATH11_057_NovakN_TBattlers Snap Mountain Cat Win Streak at Four
     01/31/13... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) led all scorers with 26 points, but Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College used a 17-8 second half run to erase an eight-point deficit and end the Mountain Cats' four-game winning streak with a 68-60 WVIAC victory over Pitt-Johnstown, Thursday night in the Sports Center.  The Mountain Cats slipped to 12-8 overall and 8-8 in conference-play.  
     After falling behind by one early, the Mountain Cats used to
 15-4 run to open-up a 10-point lead.
     Jordan Miller's (Vinco, Pa.) second 3-pointer of the night put Pitt-Johnstown in front 12-8. Then, two of Novak's 15 first half points extended it to eight, before Matt Palo (North Huntingdon, Pa.) scored in the paint to help the Mountain Cats double-up the Battlers 20-10 midway through the first half.
      Casey Ainsley hit a 3-pointer to get Alderson-Broaddus back to within seven, but Paul Weatherly's (Johnstown, Pa.) driving lay-up at the five-minute mark gave Pit-Johnstown its largest lead of the half at 24-13.
     The Battlers came back and outscored the Mountain Cats 13-7 the rest of the way to cut it to 31-26 at the break on two Malcolm Tatum free-throws with three seconds remaining.
      Five straight points from Novak extended the Mountain Cat lead back to 40-32 at 15:38, but Alderson-Broaddus answered with an 17-8 run over the next nine minutes to regain the lead 49-48.
      Roy Brown's free-throw at 6:39 gave the Battlers their first lead since early in the first half.  Two minutes later, Brown hit a 3-pointer that gave Alderson-Broaddus a 54-50 lead with 2:46 to play.
     Jonathan Ferguson's lay-up with just under two minutes left made it 59-52, before Bill Luther's (Gibsonia, Pa.) 3-pointer with 46 seconds left cut it to 61-58.
     However, the Battlers connected on 5-6 free-throws down the stretch to seal win.
     Novak, the lone Mountain Cat to score in double figures, had 26 points (7-8 free-throws) and six steals.  Pitt-Johnstown also got eight points apiece Miller, Luther, and Weatherly, while Ian Vescovi (Patton, Pa.) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.  
     Novak stands in second-place on the both Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List (1,840) points and assists list (498), while Miller is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leader in 3-point field goals with 273. Miller is also 12th on the scoring list (1,276 pts.) and and 10th on the assists list (304). Luther is seventh on the career 3-point field goals list with 164.
 Pitt-Johnstown, which was out-rebounded 42-32, shot a season-low 35.1% (20-57), including 6-21 from 3-point range.  The Mountain Cats were also 14-20 from the free-throw line.  The Battlers shot 43.1 (22-51) from the floor, 6-22 from behind the 3-point line, and 18-29 from the charity stripe.
     Brown scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Ainslie and Bilal each scored 12 points for the Battlers, who improved to 12-5 overall and 10-3 in the WVIAC.

     The Mountain Cats host a WVIAC doubleheader with the Lady Cats against Glenville State (WV) College on Monday. The Lady Cats will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m.  Pitt-Johnstown will then begin a stretch of three straight WVIAC road games at the University of Charleston (WV) on February 9.