University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. West Virginia Wesleyan - 01/02/06
Mountain Cat Basketball Wins Ninth Straight with 88-43 Home Win Over West Virginia Wesleyan
01/02/06...Head Coach Bob Rukavina and the Mountain Cats made it nine straight wins with a lopsided 88-43 victory in the Sports Center over West Virginia Wesleyan College on Monday. Sophomore forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) poured in a game-high 24 points, while senior guard Nick Mezyk (Johnstown, Pa.) added 14 points, including four three-point field goals to help Pitt Johnstown improve to 9-2 on the season.
Gilliam, who was 11-17 from he field, also grabbed six rebounds and made three steals. Mezyk finished 5-6 from the field and 4-5 from three-point range. Coach Rukavina also got 10 points from senior guard Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.), eight points, five rebounds and a game-high six assists from junior guard J.J. Schumacher (Castle Shannon, Pa.) and six points, six rebounds and three blocks from red-shirt freshman forward Marcus Tullis (Johnstown, Pa.).
The Mountain Cats jumped on the Bobcats early and never looked back. Pitt Johnstown ran out to a 42-17 halftime lead, before going on the the 45-point win. Pitt Johnstown dominated in nearly every statistical category, including shooting 51.5% (35-68) from the field, while holding West Virginia Weslayen to just 28.8% (15-52). The Mountain Cats also connected on nine three-point field goals and made nine of their 10 free-throws. In addition, Pitt Johnstown outrebounded the Bobcats 49-26. Pitt Johnstown doubled-up West Virginia Wesleyan on the offensive glass and converted them into 17 second chance points.
Jared Chafin and E.J. Lucas scored 12 and 11 points, respectively to lead West Virginia Wesleyan. Cole Ellis grabbed seven rebounds and Lucas added six rebounds to lead the Bobcats, who dropped to 0-10 on the year.
Pitt Johnstown will continue it's four-game home stand on Wednesday against Shippensburg University at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center. The Mountain Cats will also host Columbia Union (MD) College on Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the Lady Cats. The Lady Cats will tip-off against the Pioneers at 6:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8:00 p.m.
Last Reviewed: January 2, 2006