University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. Penn State-McKeesport - 02/08/06
Mountain Cats Cruise to 95-56 Home Win Over PSU-McKeesport
02/08/06...Senior guard Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.) scored 16 points, including four three-pointers, to lead a Mountain Cat attack that saw every player who dressed score at least two points in a 95-56 victory over visiting Penn State-McKeesport, Wednesday night. Pitt Johnstown, ranked 10th in the East Region, improved to 17-5 on the year.
Scorpion, who now needs just 12 points to become the 16th Mountain Cat 1,000-point scorer, finished 6-9 from the field and 4-7 from three-point range. Scorpion also grabbed two rebounds and dished out four assists, while red-shirt freshman forward Kyle Goldcamp (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored 14 points, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and blocked two shots. Senior guard Nick Mezyk (Johnstown, Pa.) and red-shirt freshman forward Marcus Tullis (Johnstown, Pa.) each chipped in 12 points to round out the double-figure scorers. Head Coach Bob Rukavina also got nine points and a game-high seven assists from red-shirt freshman guard William Sharpe (Johnstown, Pa.) and eight points apiece from senior guard Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) sophomore forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) and red-shirt freshman guard Matt Ionadi (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Along with Goldcamp's 11 rebounds, Tullis and Gilliam had eight and five rebounds, respectively in the victory.
After building a 45-22 hafltime lead, the Mountain Cats increased the lead to 42 points with 10:39 left to play, before going on to the 39-point victory. Once again, the Mountain Cats shot the ball very well and played solid defense. Pitt Johnstown ended the night shooting 38-63 (60.3%) from the field and 10-20 (50.0%) from three-point range, while holding PSU-McKeesport to just 36.1% (22-61) shooting from the field and 7-28 (25.0%) from behind the three-point line. The Mountain Cats also dominated in the paint. Pitt Johnstown out-rebounded the Lions 41-27 and held a 50-24 advantage in points in the paint.
Anthony Rivers' 21 points, three rebounds and five assists led the way for PSU-McKeesport, while Harrison Hatcher added 13 points and five rebounds. With the loss, the Lions fell to 16-7 on the season.
Pitt Johnstown hosts Mount Aloysius College on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center to continue a six-game homestand to end the 2005-06 regular season.
Last Reviewed: February 8, 2006