University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
at Indiana University (PA) - 01/28/06
East Region #10 Mountain Cats Fall at IUP, 85-74
01/28/06...Head Coach Bob Rukavina's Mountain Cats cut a 14-point halftime deficit to five points with :53 to play, but Pitt Johnstown was unable to complete the comeback and fell, 85-74 at Indiana University (PA) on Saturday. Senior guard Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.) and sophomore forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) each scored 17 points to lead Pitt Johnstown, now 14-4 on the season.
Scorpion, Pitt Johnstown's all-time leader in three-point field goals made, was 6-13 from the field, including five more three-pointers. Scorpion also had five rebounds, while Gilliam finished 7-10 from the field and 3-5 from the free-throw line. Senior guard Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) chipped in 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and red-shirt freshman forward Marcus Tullis (Johnstown, Pa.) rounded out the Mountain Cats who scored in double figures with 10 points. Tullis also grabbed three rebounds and dished out five assists. Red-shirt freshman forward Kyle Goldcamp (Pittsburgh, Pa.) collected nine points on 3-4 shooting from the field and 3-4 from the free-throw line off of Coach Rukavina's bench.
After trailing 49-35 at halftime, Pitt Johnstown rallied to cut the lead to five points on two occasions, with the last coming on Tutchstone's lay-up with :53 on the clock. The Mountain Cats shot 49.1% (28-57) from the field and 38.9% (7-18) from the three-point range. However, IUP finished 33-59 (55.9%) from the field, 11-26 (42.3%) from behind the three-point line and a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line. Pitt Johnstown was 11-17 (64.7%) from the free-throw line and was out rebounded 34-25.
Lawrence Baker's game-high 31 points on 13-18 shooting from the field and game-high nine rebounds led IUP. Marc Williams (16 points), Adam Morgan (15 points) and Eddie Peterson (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Indians, now 11-6 on the year.
Pitt Johnstown finishes a string of five consecutive road games at Columbia Union (MD) College on Wednesday, before returning home to host West Chester University on Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center.
Last Reviewed: January 28, 2006