Men’s basketball loses in KIAC semifinal

Written By Michael Richter

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Point Park men’s basketball saw its season come to a close in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament (KIAC) semifinals at Alice Lloyd on Feb. 27. 

Alice Lloyd defeated the Pioneers 89-88, as the Pioneers needed to win the KIAC tournament in order to receive a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament bid. 

With four seconds remaining in the game, Pioneers guard fouled Alice Lloyd guard Austin Crisp. Subsequently, Crisp made one of two free throws, which gave Alice Lloyd an 89-88 advantage. 

Crisp missed his second shot from foul line, and Pioneers forward T.J. Lanier rebounded the ball. Shortly thereafter, guard Jerah’me Williams heaved the ball from deep three-point range as time expired, but the attempt was unsuccessful. 

The Pioneers started the game with a 7-0 lead, and led for the first 9:24 — which is when Alice Lloyd gained a 20-19 edge. Throughout the remainder of the first half, the lead changed multiple times. 

A 16-6 run in the last 3:30 of the first half put the Pioneers up 45-41 going into the locker room

The second half brought more back-and-forth action. Throughout the final 20 minutes of play, neither team garnered a lead larger than six points. 

With 8:25 to go, Alice Lloyd produced its first lead of the second half, as forward Tyler Rogers, the KIAC player of the year, put his team up by two. 

With 45 seconds left and Alice Lloyd up 86-80, Pioneers guard Sa’iid Allen stole the ball from Alice Lloyd bench player Shane Hall. 

Seven seconds later, Pioneers guard Kelvin Goodwin connected on a three-point attempt and was fouled. Goodwin made the ensuing free throw, which decreased Alice Lloyd’s lead to 86-84. 

Goodwin finished the game with 34 points and four steals, and he stayed on the court for the full 40 minutes of game time. 

Although the Pioneers did not receive any team awards this season, they did attain a few individual awards. Williams was named to the All-KIAC Second Team, and Goodwin was given All-KIAC First Team honors. 

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