University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. California University (PA) - 02/15/06
Mountain Cats Earn 72-58 Home Win Over Cal
02/15/06...Head Coach Bob Rukavina and the Mountain Cats, ranked 10th in the East Region, improved to 19-5 on the year with an impressive, 72-58, victory over California University (PA), Wednesday night in the Sports Center. Sophomore forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) scored 15 points and red-shirt freshman forward Kyle Goldcamp (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds to pace Pitt Johnstown.
Gilliam, the nation's leader in field goal percentage, finished 6-8 from the field and 3-3 from the free-throw line. Gilliam also pulled down four rebounds, while Goldcamp was 5-7 from the floor and 2-4 from the free-throw line. Guards J.J. Schumacher (Castle Shannon, Pa.) and Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.) and forward Marcus Tullis (Johnstown, Pa.) all added 10 points apiece. Schumacher dished out a game-high eight assists. Senior guard Nick Mezyk (Johnstown, Pa.) chipped in eight points, including a pair of key three-pointers, and Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.) tallied seven points, five rebounds and six assists.
California (PA) jumped out to a 17-10 lead with 11:01 to play in the first half, but once again, Pitt Johnstown battled back to take a 29-23 halftime lead. The Mountain Cats expanded the lead to 13 points twice in the second half, but the Vulcans cut the lead to four with 4:19 to play in the game. However, Pitt Johnstown hit nine of its 12 free-throws down the stretch to ice the victory.
Pitt Johnstown continued its terrific shooting from the field, making 55.1% (27-49) of its shots, while holding Cal (PA) to just 41.2% (21-51) from the field. The Mountain Cats also held a 31-27 advantage in rebounding and outscored the Vulcans, 42-26, in the paint.
Boris Mesnager's game-high 20 points and six rebounds led Cal (PA). James Petty had 10 points and Travis Eisentrout had nine points on a trio of three-pointers for the Vulcans, who dropped to 16-8 on the season.
Pitt Johnstown will host Indiana University (PA) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sports Center.
Last Reviewed: February 15, 2006