WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- Point Park University men's basketball got into too big of a hole in the second half and lost to Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College, 72-62, in a River States Conference game on Saturday at CCAC-South.
But it was too much to over overcome for Point Park when it got down by 18 points, 56-38, five minutes into the second half. The Pioneers chopped that lead in half to get within three possessions, 65-56, with about five minutes to go, but they got no closer.
It was a tough shooting day for Point Park, which made only 28 percent from the floor (21 for 75). The Pioneers had an early deficit as they trailed, 25-11, midway through the first half. Point Park had made just 5 of 27 field goals to that point.
The Pioneers did, however, put a first-half run together once they got some shots to fall and when they got to the free-throw line. Point Park mounted a 12-2 run to move within 31-29 late in the half. T.J. Bates keyed the run with some drives to the basket and getting to the line. He had all 11 of his points the first half.
Alice Lloyd scored the final six points of the first half for a 37-29 halftime lead. The Eagles came out of the halftime locker room on a hot streak to double that lead early on. Unable to hit enough shots, it was too much to overcome for Point Park.
Jake Allen, a 6-8 forward, totaled 18 poiints and 13 rebounds for Alice Lloyd. Guard Blake Smith had 17 points and nine rebounds. The Eagles attempted 20 less shots than the Pioneers but made one more field goal. Alice Lloyd was 22 or 55 from the field.
Point Park has its next games Feb. 3-4 at home versus No. 7 IU East and Ohio Christian. Game time is 7:30 p.m. versus IU East and 2 p.m. versus Ohio Christian. Follow the Pioneers on social media @PointParkSports.