University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. Univ. District of Columbia - 11/19/05
Men's Basketball Rolls, 82-49, Over U.D.C. in Second Round of Pitt-Johnstown Tip-Off Classic
11/19/05...Head Coach Bob Rukavina and the Mountain Cat basketball team notched their first win of the 2005-06 season with a dominating, 82-49, victory over the University of District of Columbia in Saturday's second round of the Pitt-Johnstown Tip-Off Classic. All-Tournament Team selection Chris Gilliam's (Baltimore, MD) 19 points and game-high 13 rebounds led a Mountain Cat attack that saw every player score at least two points. Pitt Johnstown is now 1-2 to start the season.
Gilliam followed up Friday night's 21-point performance with 19 points on 8-12 shooting from the field and 3-6 from the free-throw line. Red-shirt freshman guard Matt Ionadi (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 12 points off the bench, including 3-4 from behind the three-point line, and red-shirt freshman forward Marcus Tullis (Johnstown, Pa.) chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds. Along with Iondi, senior guard Nick Mezyk (Johnstown, Pa.) and red-shirt freshman guards Quinton Davis (West Mifflin, Pa.) and William Sharpe (Johnstown, Pa.) provided a spark off of Coach Rukavina's bench. Mezyk finished with 10 points, while Davis had five points, three rebounds and four assists and Sharpe collected four points, six rebounds and four assists. Red-shirt Freshman forward Kyle Goldcamp (Pittsburgh, Pa.) also had nine points, nine rebounds and a game-high seven assists, and senior guard Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.) tallied six points in the victory.
After building a 35-17 halftime lead, Pitt Johnstown increased the lead to 36 points with under a minute to play. The Mountain Cats shot 45.7% (32-70) from the field, while holding the Firebirds to just 24.6% (14-57). Both teams made eight three-pointers. However, the Mountain Cats forced 23 turnovers, including 17 steals, and turned them into 28 points.
Donnell Ellis led the Firebirds with 21 points, while Jumaane Sorrells had 19 points in the loss. Brian Isabelle and Robin Janos had eight and seven rebounds, respectively, for U.D.C., which fell to 0-2.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Chris Gilliam and Steve Scorpion (Pitt-Johnstown), Donnell Ellis (U.D.C.), Dan Binggeli and Shane Maynard (West Liberty State) Bruce Ellis and Corey Blythe (Columbia Union)
In Saturday's first game, West Liberty State handed Columbia Union a 124-86 loss behind Maynard's 25 points and eight rebounds. West Liberty State is 3-0, while Columbia Union dropped to 2-1.
Pitt-Johnstown travels to the Gannon University Gary Miller Tournament on Friday and Saturday over the Thanksgiving Weekend. Pitt-Johnstown will return home to host Bloomsburg University on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center.
Last Reviewed: November 19, 2005