BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Point Park University men's basketball dropped a non-conference game at Villa Maria (N.Y.) College on Thursday night, 109-104.
In a game where both teams went over 100 points and was decided by five points on the scoreboard, Point Park (8-18, 5-10 RSC) had the edge from the floor, but the Vikings (15-11, 7-3) had a big edge at the free-throw line.
The Pioneers made more field goals and 3-pointers, but it was Villa Maria that took advantage of 47 free-throw attempts -- making 33 of them -- to win another close game between the teams. Point Park won the earlier matchup this year, 87-85, at home Jan. 25. Point Park made 11 of 12 free throws on Thursday.
Villa Maria had four players with more than 20 points and a fifth player with 10 assists. DeJaun Owens led all scorers with 26 points and made 8 of 10 free throws. Gerald Bibbs added 25 points and made 12 of 16 field goals.
Eric Waters put in 20 points with 8 of 10 free throws. Justin Stokes also had 20 points with 6 of 9 on free throws. Jayson Moore did not attempt a field goal but had 10 assists.
Point Park was ahead, 50-46, at the half. That was after leading by as many as 11, 30-19, midway through the first half. But the Vikings closed to within a point with under 2:00 before the break.
Villa Maria went on to shoot 67 percent from the field the final 20 minutes. The Vikings got the lead up to 89-79 with just under 8:00 left and then stayed ahead with the free throws.
Point Park got as close as 103-98 on a 3-pointer by Rajahpillay with 1:29 left before Villa Maria put the game away at the foul line. The Pioneers shot 51 percent from the floor and made 11 treys. Of the 10 players who played for Point Park, six of them ended with four fouls, and one fouled out with five.
The Pioneers will be off this coming weekend and then play their final River States Conference games Feb. 17-18 at Rio Grande (Ohio) and No. 11 WVU Tech. Point Park needs to beat Rio Grande to keep its playoff hopes alive and may need to win at WVU Tech the next day to make the postseason, depending on other results around the conference.