Men’s basketball splits RSC games last week

Written By Mason Strawn, Staff Writer

The Pioneers continued their second half campaign this week, facing off against Indiana University East (IU East) at home last Tuesday, and travelling to Circleville, Ohio to play against Ohio Christian University (OCU) on Saturday.

In the first game of the week, the Pioneers defeated the Red Wolves to the score of 85-77 at home.

The men came out firing, scoring the first two points of the game and never looking back.

During the first half, the Pioneers would out-board the Red Wolves mightily; out-rebounding them 22 to 9 in the first half, and 45 to 31 throughout the entire game.

The Pioneers also outshot the visitors, hitting 48-percent of their shots while also hitting 35-percent from three, compared to IU East shooting 45-percent but only 28-percent from behind the arc.

Point Park led by as much as 25 points in the second half and kept the pressure on until the last five minutes in the game.

“One of the biggest factors from the game was our effort on the defensive end in the first half,” sophomore forward Kameron Shockley said.

Shockley led the team in the victory, scoring an even 20 points alongside six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

“My mindset during the game was to be focused and get everyone focused on the offensive and defensive side of the ball,” Shockley said. “We are also undefeated at home, so we all knew we wanted to keep the streak going.”

Junior forward Adam Scott would be right behind Shockley, putting up 17 points and 11 rebounds in the game.

The win over the Red Wolves maintained the men’s team undefeated streak at home this season at 7-0.

In the second game of the week though, the Pioneers were less fortunate on the road, just barely defeated by OCU 72-68.

In a game where OCU led Point Park for almost 20 minutes of play, and only able to muster 23 points in the first half, the men were able to fight back in the second half and take back the lead with 3:30 to go.

The Pioneers’ lead was short-lived, as the opposing Trail Blazers tied then retook the lead with 1:57 to go and never gave it back.

“During the half coach gave us a plan that would get us back into the game and we executed it well. But in the end, it was too much to come back from,” junior forward RJ Fairrow said.

Even though the team had four different players score in double-digits and shot 43-percent, the team missed all ten three-pointers attempted, and shot only 63-percent from the foul line.

After the results of the last two games, the men’s team now has a record of 10-9 overall, with a record of 3-3 in River States Conference (RSC) play.

The Pioneers have two more games this week, traveling to Penn State’s Greater Allegheny campus to face off against the Nittany Lions on Tuesday, then coming back home to battle against the Brescia University Bearcats on Friday in RSC play.