University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. Ohio Valley (WV) University - 11/25/05
Men's Basketball Advances to Title Game of Gannon Tournament with 77-75 Win Over Ohio Valley
11/25/05...Sophomore forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) hit a pair of free-throws with :05 left to play to break a 75-75 tie and lead Pitt Johnstown to a 77-75 victory over Ohio Valley (WV) University in Friday's opening round of the 2005 Gannon University Gary Miller Classic. Gilliam poured in a game-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Mountain Cats improve to 2-2 on the season. Pitt Johnstown will take on Northwood (MI) University in Saturday's championship game at 8:00 p.m.
Gilliam, who has led the Mountain Cats in scoring all four games this season, was 8-12 from the field and 8-10 from the free-throw line, including a pair of free-throws to seal the victory. Gilliam also made a game-high six steals. Junior guard J.J. Schumacher (Castle Shannon, Pa.) added 13 points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists, while senior guard Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) had nine points and a game-high eight rebounds. Coach Rukavina also got eight points from senior guard Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.) and six points apiece from Quinton Davis (West Mifflin, Pa.), Kyle Goldcamp (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Marcus Tullis (Johnstown, Pa.). Goldcamp also pulled down six rebounds for the Mountain Cats, who were outrebounded 42-39 for the game.
Despite shooting just 42.9% (27-63) from the field, Pitt Johnstown was able to connect on 18 of their 28 free-throws, compared to just 11-18 for Ohio Valley. The Mountain Cats also forced 18 turnovers and turned them into 20 points.
Marlon Pierre and Derrick Whiteside each scored 13 points and Austin McGee and Chris Cobbina tallied 12 points apiece to lead Ohio Valley, now 2-2 on the year.
Pitt Johnstown will play Northwood for the championship of the 2005 Gannon University Gary Miller Classic on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. The Mountain Cats will return home to host Bloomsburg University on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center.
Last Reviewed: November 26, 2005