Men’s basketball team halts two-game skid

Written By Doug Andiorio

Point Park University was able to defeat Notre Dame College on Saturday at home, to end a two-game losing streak. The Pioneers were able to win with a second half comeback with a score of 77-73.

“We needed this win to try and qualify for the playoffs,” coach Bob Rager said. “We needed to respond after losing some games on the road, and we responded on Saturday.”

Point Park went into this game with a 9-10 overall record and a 1-4 record in the American Mideast Conference (AMC) going up against a Notre Dame team, which has a 15-6 overall record and 4-1 in the AMC. Notre Dame was voted just shy of the NAIA Division II Top 25 and Point Park is 0-3 against ranked opponents this season.

The game started with a quick tipoff, which led to an easy layup for Notre Dame, and Notre Dame came out with a full-court press on the Pioneers. Notre Dame was controlling everything early on in the game. The team got up by 15 points during the first half. Throughout most of the first half the Pioneers only had four offensive rebounds compared to the 20 defensive rebounds that Notre Dame pulled down.

Halfway through the first half the Pioneers started to get on a roll behind Tony Townsend, a senior forward, who came off the bench and got eight points, four rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot – all in the first half. He also led the team in points after the first half. Townsend had to miss the previous two games.

“Tony played hard the whole time and played all out last night,” assistant coach Gabe Bubon. “I felt really proud of him and his intensity was there, I think because he knows he only has about eight games left to play.”

“I just kept my head up and I felt like we were better than them and we just kept building on the momentum,” Townsend said.

Point Park was able to get more points on the board but Notre Dame still had a good lead, so as the half went on Notre Dame let up on the full court defense and moved to a zone defense. At the end of the half, Point Park was down 37-28.