University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. Northwood (MI) University - 11/26/05
Chris Gilliam Earns MVP Honors and Leads Mountain Cats to Championship at Gannon Gary Miller Classic
11/26/05...Sophomore forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) was named the Most Valuable Player and senior guard Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.) earned All-Tournament Team honors after leading the Mountain Cat basketball team to a 63-53 victory over Northwood (MI) University in Saturday night's title game of the 2005 Gannon University Gary Miller Classic. Gilliam scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Scorpion tallied 13 points and three rebounds in Saturday's victory. Head Coach Bob Rukavina's squad is now 3-2 on the year.
Gilliam, who collected 24 points and seven rebounds in Friday's win over Ohio Valley (WV) University, added 23 points on 8-13 shooting from the field and 7-12 from the free-throw line. Gilliam also grabbed seven more rebounds. Scorpion was the only other Mountain Cat to score in double figures. Scorpion had 13 points on 5-6 shooting, including 3-4 from three-point range. Junior guard J.J. Schumacher (Castle Shannon, Pa.) scored five points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out three assists. Once again, Coach Rukavina got quality production from his bench. Red-shirt freshman center Kyle Goldcamp (Pittsburgh, Pa.) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and scored six points, while red-shirt freshman guard Quinton Davis (West Mifflin, Pa.) chipped in six points, three rebounds and four assists in the victory.
The Pitt Johnstown defense did the job against Northwood. The Mountain Cats held Northwood to just 29.2% (21-72) shooting from the field and 4-30 (13.3%) from three-point range. The Mountain Cats finished 22-52 (42.3%) from the field and 3-10 from behind the three-point line. Pitt Johnstown also outrebounded Northwood, 46-41.
Aaron Simpson was the only Northwood player to score in double figures. Simpson had 15 points on 5-11 shooting from the field and 5-5 shooting from the free-throw line. Andre Lawson scored eight points and had a team-high 10 rebounds for Northwood, which dropped to 2-2 on the season.
Joining Gilliam and Scorpion on the All-Torunament Team were M. Pierre (Ohio Valley), A. Truskauskas (Gannon) and Eric Glesow (Northwood.).
Pitt Johnstown returns home to host Bloomsburg University on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center.
Last Reviewed: November 26, 2005