Mountain Cats Down Charleston, 82-72
02/09/13... (Box Score) Nick Novak (Murrysville, Pa.) poured in a game-high 28 points and Jordan Miller (Vinco, Pa.) added 23 points, and the two combined to hit 13-14 free-throws down the stretch to lead the Mountain Cats to an 82-72 WVIAC victory at the University of Charleston (WV) on Saturday. Pitt-Johnstown improved to 14-8 overall and 10-8 in conference-play.
Charleston opened-up a 19-15 lead eight minutes into the game on Xavier Humphrey's basket, but Novak's jumper quickly tied it at 19.
After Hayden Annett's 3-pointer put the Golden Eagles back in front 24-19, Pitt-Johnstown outscored Charleston 27-12 over the final 9:47 of the first half to build a 10-point advantage.
Miller's 3-pointer capped a 15-4 Mountain Cat spurt the put Pitt-Johnstown up 34-28 with 4:50 remaining, before the Golden Eagles cut it to 34-32 a minute later.
However, another Pitt-Johnstown run, this time 12-4 closed by Miller's fourth 3-pointer of the half and a Novak basket, gave the Mountain Cats a 46-36 halftime lead.
Pitt-Johnstown pushed it ot to 50-38 early in the second half on Ian Vescovi's (Patton, Pa.) bucket, but the Golden Eagles stormed back with a 22-8 run over the next nine minutes to regain the lead, 60-58, on a Quincy Washington 3-pointer with 7:33 to play.
Bill Luther's (Gibsonia, Pa.) 3-pointer gave the lead back to Pitt-Johnstown, and Novak's conventional 3-pointer extended it to 66-62 with 3:36 left.
Another Miller 3-pointer got it out to 71-63 a minute later and Pitt-Johnstown never looked back. Miller and Novak combined to hit 13-14 from the free-throw line in the final 1:39 to seal the 10-point win.
Novak finished with a game-high 28 points (6-7 free-throws) and six assists, while Miller had 23 points, including five 3-pointers and 6-6 from the free-throw line to lead the Mountain Cats. Luther scored 10 points, and Vescovi had 10 points and seven rebounds. Andrew Cressler (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added seven points.
Novak stands in second-place on the both Mountain Cat All-Time Scoring List (1,894 pts.) and assists list (513 assts.), while Miller is Pitt-Johnstown's all-time leader in 3-point field goals with 282. Miller is also 11th on the scoring list (1,311 pts.) and 10th on the assists list (309 assts.). Luther is tied for fifth on the career 3-point field goals list with 170.
Pitt-Johnstown ended the evening shooting 48.4% (30-62) from the field, 8-19 from 3-point range, and 14-15 from the free-throw line, while Charleston shot 44.6% (29-69) from the floor, but 6-25 from behind the 3-point line. The Golden Eagles made 8-9 from the charity stripe.
Evan Falkner and Terrell Lipkins each scored 14 points to pace four Golden Eagles who scored in double figures. With the loss, Charleston dropped to 15-6 overall and 11-6 in the WVIAC.
The Mountain Cats wrap-up three straight WVIAC road games at Fairmont State (WV) University on Monday and at Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University on Saturday, before closing out the regular season with home doubleheaders with the Lady Cats against West Liberty (WV) University on February 21 and Seton Hill University on February 23.