The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 4, 2013

Big second half leads UPJ past host Clarion

For The Tribune-Democrat

CLARION — Nate Snodgrass scored 18 points, and Pitt-Johnstown outscored Clarion by 20 points over the final 16 minutes to earn a 78-68 comeback victory in the PSAC on the road.

UPJ posted a 39-19 advantage over the final 16 minutes to erase an eight-point deficit. The Mountain Cats are 5-2 overall, 2-1 in the PSAC Western Division.

Snodgrass converted on eight consecutive free throw attempts during a key stretch in the second half. He also had six rebounds. UPJ’s Ian Vescovi had 14 points, five rebounds, and three blocks to lead the Mountain Cats.  

Matt Palo collected a double-double of 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, while Bill Luther and Adam Shaheen each netted nine points. Andrew Cressler also tallied seven points and seven rebounds in the win.

The Mountain Cats out-rebounded Clarion 48-31. UPJ shot a season-low 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the floor.

Pitt-Johnstown also hit 8-of-20 from behind the 3-point line and 20-of-25 from the free-throw line. Clarion was held to just 39.7 percent (25-of-63) shooting, going 6-of-20 from 3-point range, and 12-of-18 from the free-throw line.

Clarion’s DeMarius Miller scored a game-high 22 points, and Mike Kromka tallied 11 points and five rebounds for the Golden Eagles, who dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the PSAC West.