University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Glenville State (WV) College - 02/04/13

Novak Leads Mountain Cats Past Pioneers
     02/04/13... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) scored a game-high 26 points and dished out nine assists, and the Mountain Cats broke open a three-point game with a 13-5 run to close out the first half in an 85-74 WVIAC victory over Glenville State (WV) College, Monday night in the Sports Center.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 13-8 overall and 9-8 in conference-play.
     The Mountain Cats opened-up an early 7-2 lead on Andrew Cressler's (Pittsburgh, Pa.) dunk, but Glenville State tied it at nine four minutes into the game.
     A 19-9 Pitt-Johnstown run, capped by two Novak (Murrysville, Pa.)the half, before the Pioneers answered to pull to within three at 28-25 on Lamont Cole's basket.
     However, Pitt-Johnstown took control and outscored Glenville State 13-5 over the final 7:51 to build an 11-point halftime lead.
     Jordan Miller's (Vinco, Pa.) third 3-pointer of the half extended it to eight, and Novak's jumper at 2:33 pushed it out to 12 at 41-29.
     The Pioneers got a free-throw Lamar Mallory with just under a minute left to go into the halftime break down 41-30.
      After Ian Vescovi's (Patton, Pa.) dunk to start the second half extended the run to 15-5, Glenville State scored the next six to cut it to 43-36.
     However, a pair of 3-pointers from Bill Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) and a bucket in the paint by Novak quickly pushed it out to 56-40 at 14:33.
     The Pioneers tried to get back in it.  Lamar Mallory scored nine points and Jamel Morris closed a 16-6 spurt over a span of 5:32 that got Glenville State back to within six at 62-56, but that was as close as it would get.
     The Mountain Cats rebuilt the lead to as many as 14, before going on to the 11-point win.
     Novak finished with game-highs of 26 points and nine assists to pace four Pitt-Johnstown players who scored in double figures.  Luther and Vescovi each scored 14 points, while Miller added 12 points, all on four 3-pointers.  Noah Hartung (Butler, Pa.) and Vescovi each grabbed seven rebounds in the win.     

     Novak stands in second-place on the both Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List (1,866) points and assists list (507), while Miller is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leader in 3-point field goals with 277.  Miller is also 12th on the scoring list (1,288 pts.) and 10th on the assists list (308).  Luther is sixth on the career 3-point field goals list with 168.
     Pitt-Johnstown shot 57.4% for the game, including 64.3% in the second half, while holding Glenvile State to just 45.5% shooting.  The Mountain Cats hit 9-18 from behind the 3-point line and 6-8 from the free-throw line.  The Pioneers were just 4-17 from 3-point range and 10-16 from the charity stripe.
 Morris scored 20 points to lead Glenville State.  The Pioneers also go 19 points from D.J. Blanks and 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds from Mallory.  With the loss Glenville State dropped to 10-10 overall and 6-9 in the WVIAC.

     The Mountain Cats begin a stretch of three straight WVIAC road games at the University of Charleston (WV) on Saturday.  Pitt-Johnstown will return home to host its final two regular season doubleheaders against West Liberty (WV) University on February 21 and Seton Hill University on February 23.