Pitt-Johnstown raced out to a double-digit lead less than five minutes into the game before building a 35-point halftime advantage in a dominating 90-53 WVIAC victory over Ohio Valley Monday night at the Sports Center.
Nick Novak scored 16 points and Jordan Miller added 15 points to help Pitt-Johnstown (7-6, 4-6 WVIAC) snap a four-game losing streak.
It was all Mountain Cats from the opening tip. Novak’s dunk five minutes in put Pitt-Johnstown up 15-2, before Matt Palo hit a 3-pointer five minutes later to extend it to 30-10.
Pitt-Johnstown wasn’t done there. Miller’s 3-pointer got the margin to 31 and Ian Vescovi gave Pitt-Johnstown a 35-point halftime advantage (51-16) with a putback with just under a minute remaining.
It was more of the same in the second half.
The Mountain Cats’ lead grew to 41 (64-23) on another Miller 3-pointer then to 45 on a Noah Hartung free-throw.
Novak dished out six assists. Miller made five 3-pointers, while Vescovi had 14 points and nine rebounds. Drew Cressler added 11 points and seven rebounds. Hartung finished with eight points and five rebounds.
Novak stands in fourth-place on UPJ’s all-time scoring list with 1,687 points and third on the assists list with 459, while Miller is second on the all-time 3-point field goal list (251) and 14th on the scoring list with 1,184 points.
Pitt-Johnstown shot 53.4 percent (39-for-73) from the floor, while holding Ohio Valley 18-for-56 shooting.
The Mountain Cats, which dominated the glass 49-25, hit 8-19 from behind the 3-point line and 4-5 from the free-throw line. The Fighting Scots were also 8-19 from 3-point range and 9-10 from the charity stripe.
First-place Mounties roll
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Every player on the Mount Aloysius roster made it into the scoring column in an 87-57 win over Franciscan University.
The game was tied at 20-all midway through the first half, before a Jeff Stem 3-pointer started a 30-2 Mount Aloysius run.
Stem led Mount Aloysius with a game-high 23 points. Demetrius Davis added 18 points.
Jake Wyatt grabbed 13 rebounds.
Christian Duke had a double-double for Franciscan with 17 points and 10 rebounds.