University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
vs. Lock Haven University - 02/22/06
Mountain Cats Dominate Lock Haven, 87-55
02/22/06...Sophomore forward Chris Gilliam (Baltimore, MD) scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds and red-shirt sophomore forward Marcus Tullis (Johnstown, Pa.) added 16 points to lead four Mountain Cats who scored in double figures in an 87-55 win over Lock Haven University, Wednesday night in the Sports Center. Pitt Johnstown, ranked ninth in the East Region, improved to 20-6 on the season. The 20 wins mark the first time Pitt Johnstown has reached the 20-win plateau since posting a 23-4 record in 1998-99.
Gilliam, the nation's leader in field goal percentage, finished 8-12 from the field and 3-4 from the free-throw line, while Tullis was 8-10 from the field with three rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Red-shirt freshman forward Kyle Goldcamp (Pittsburgh, Pa.) collected 14 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Nick Mezyk (Johnstown, Pa.) hit all four of his three-point attempts in the first half and ended with 12 points to round out the double-figure scorers. Head Coach Bob Rukavina also got nine points from senior guard Steve Scorpion (Murrysville, Pa.) and six points, a game-high nine rebounds and five assists from Joey Tutchstone (Vandergrift, Pa.). Red-shirt freshmen guards Quinton Davis (West Mifflin, Pa.) and William Sharpe (Johnstown, Pa.) combined to to score seven points and pull down 11 rebounds. Junior guard J.J. Schumacher (Castle Shannon, Pa.) dished out a game-high seven assists in the victory.
With his four three-pointers, Mezyk passed Matt Lushko (1993-1997) for second place on the Mountain Cat All-Time Three-Point Field Goals-Made List. Mezyk is now second behind Scorpion with 167 three-pointers, while Schumacher passed Dashi Leon (2001-2003) and moved into seventh place on the All-Time Assist List with 271.
The Mountain Cats dominated the Bald Eagles from start to finish. Pitt Johnstown shot 51.4% (36-70) from the field and 46.2% (6-13) from three-point range, while holding Lock Haven to just 22-64 (34.4%) shooting from the field and 3-14 (21.4%) from behind the three-point line. The Mountain Cats also held a 58-26 scoring advantage in the paint and turned 18 Bald Eagle turnovers into 21 points. Pitt Johnstown committed just eight turnovers.
James Chappell scored nine points, and Bruce Kennedy chipped in eight points to lead Lock Haven, which fell to 3-23 on the year.
Pitt Johnstown will host the University of District of Columbia and celebrate Senior Night on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in the Sports Center. Prior to the game, the Mountain Cats will recognize seniors Nick Mezyk, Steve Scorpion and Joey Tutchstone.
Last Reviewed: February 22, 2006