Men pick up first RSC road win at Carlow

Hold third-place spot in conference behind WVU Tech and IU East

Written By Robert Berger, Co-Sports Editor

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Asim Pleas carries the ball in a game against Washington Adventist. Pleas scored a career high 33 points against Carlow last week.

With the efforts of senior guards Asim Pleas and Tramell Perry and sophomore guard Mark Shehady all earning career high numbers in points, the Pioneers defeated Carlow 101-96 last Tuesday on the road.

Absent of a conference win away from home this season, Point Park turned it around last Tuesday boosting their conference record to 5-8, and  8-13 on the year.

Point Park controlled the game early with the help of Shehady and Pleas. Both players put up eight and nine points respectively by the eight minute mark of the game.

The latter half of the first half saw senior guard Daniel King come alive. Held scoreless through the first 14 minutes, King drained a 2-pointer with 6:43 left until the half. He followed it up with two successful free throws and another 2-point basket that put the team up by 15 with a score of 39-24.

It was all Perry and Pleas for the remainder of the half as they scored the final 11 points for the Pioneers in the first half. Shehady ended the half with a total of 14 points and Pleas finished with a team high 16 points.

Point Park entered the second half with a seven point lead of 48-41, and continued to control the game in a team effort. King began the half draining a three that was followed up with two successful field goals from junior forward Cortez Allen which were his first points of the contest.

The Pioneers were able to make the deficit 13 in the second half at the 7:54 mark as King was successful from two once again. Carlow, however, worked to make a comeback after slowly chipping away at the lead through the middle of the half.

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Sophomore guard Mark Shehady drives during a game against Washington Adventist earlier this season. Last week, Shehady scored a career-high 21 points against Carlow in a 101-96 victory.

With 3:10 left in the game, Carlow got within two points of Point Park, but Pleas came through with a 3-pointer to put Point Park in the lead 89-84. Carlow answered back with another three, but Shehady drew a shooting foul on a successful layup. After a made free throw Point Park went up once again by five points.

The Pioneers went into the final minutes of the game with the five point lead, and it was too much for Carlow to overcome.

On the day, Point Park shot 56.5 percent making 35-62 field goals. From beyond the arc, the team shot 7-19 going 36.8 percent. The team also made improvement from the foul line finishing the game shooting 80 percent and making 24-30 free throws.

The Pioneers also outplayed Carlow on defense earning 33 rebounds overall. Perry grabbed 11 of those to lead the team. Offensively Perry finished with 15 points.

Offensively, Pleas lead the team with 33 points. Shehady finished the game with 21 points and three assists. Sophomore guard Chance Wright and King also finished the game with over double-digit point totals both finishing the contest with 13.

The Pioneers will continue conference play Saturday at West Virginia Tech University and will also play Wilberforce University Sunday in a non-conference match-up.

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