JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Senior forward Tabari Perry recorded a 19-point, 13-rebound “double-double” Saturday afternoon to lead Slippery Rock University to a 66-56 win over hosting Pitt-Johnstown in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division men’s basketball action at the Sports Center.
The win improved SRU’s season records to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in division action while Pitt-Johnstown saw its season records fall to 5-3, 2-2 with the loss.
SRU has a quick turnaround for its next game as the Green and White host Penn State New Kensington in a 7 p.m. game Monday in Morrow Field House before taking a seven-day break for fall-semester final exams.
Perry, who recorded his second double-double of the season, was one of three Rock players to finish Saturday’s game with a double-digit scoring total. Senior guard Sa’Quan Davis added 12 points and five assists to the winning cause, while junior forward Kelvin Dixon contributed 11 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Josh Martin also handed out five assists for SRU.
Bill Luther took game-high scoring honors with 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Pitt-Johnstown, while Jake LaRavie added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Behind the lead of Perry and Dixon, The Rock held a 41-38 rebounding advantage to offset a 10-8 turnover comparison that saw SRU on the high side.
The Rock finished with game with a respectable 42% (23 of 55) shooting percentage on their field-goal attempts with an 8-for-20 (40%) showing from 3-point range. The Rock made 12 of 20 (60%) free throws.
Pitt-Johnstown made 30% (16 of 54) of its field-goal tries, hit seven of 22 (31%) long-range shots and sank 17 of 21 (81%) free throws.
The teams traded scoring spurts throughout the opening half of action, which ended with the teams deadlocked at 29-29. The stalemate at the intermission was the second in the opening 20 minutes, during which the lead changed hands on six occasions.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well in the first half as The Rock made only 38% (11 of 29) of their shots and Pitt-Johnstown hit an even colder 32% (8 of 25).
The Rock made five of 10 shots from 3-point range, but were an icy 2-of-7 (29%) from the foul line, compared to Pitt-Johnstown’s 36% (4 of 11) effort from 3-point range and red-hot 9-of-10 showing from the charity stripe.
Both teams grabbed 20 rebounds and took good care of the basketball, as evidenced by six turnovers for SRU and four for UP-J.
The Rock opened the second half with a 10-2 run to take a 39-31 lead with 16:30 left to play and held an 11-point, 50-39, lead with 12 minutes remaining.
Three and a half minutes later, The Rock lead was only four points, 50-46, as SRU’s shooting touch went ice cold. Just as quickly, though, The Rock responded with seven unanswered points to put the margin back to 11 points, 57-46.
Luther, who scored 12 of the Mountain Cats’ 29 first-half points, kept the hosts in the game early in the second half as he scored their first eight final-half points.
The Rock never led by less than seven points in the final eight and a half minutes of action and held their largest lead of the game, a 12-point, 62-50, advantage with 2:44 remaining.
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