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February 9, 2014

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Grenadiers sweep Point Park

IUS men improve to 11-0 in KIAC

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — Five Grenadiers scored in double figures as second-ranked IU Southeast improved to 17-3 overall and 11-0 in the KIAC with a 95-89 road win over Point Park (Pa.) on Saturday.

Kevin Mitchell led the way with 20 points to go along with five assists. Greg Magee added 18 on 7 of 11 shooting, Jake Simpson and Kegan Clark scored 17 apiece and Aishon White chipped in with 12 in the win.

Seven Grenadiers had at least five boards as IU Southeast out-rebounded Point Park 45-38. Jeffersonville graduate Kegan Clark had a team-best eight.

Vernon Payne had a team-high three steals.

The Grenadiers scored the game’s first five points and led 44-36 at the half, but the Pioneers took a 74-71 lead with 7:53 to play on a layup by Gabe McNeal, who had a game-high 34 points for Point Park.

IU Southeast answered with a 6-0 run, capped by a Mitchell bucket, to take a 77-74 lead with 6:27 to play. After Point Park took another lead at 80-79 with 5:48 remaining, the Grenadiers went on an 10-3 run. The closest the Pioneers would get was at 92-89 with 40 seconds left. However, Simpson hit a pair of free throws to clinch the victory.

IUS WOMEN UPSET POINT PARK

Heather Wheat had 20 points, five assists and three rebounds as the IU Southeast women (12-10) knocked off No. 25 Point Park, 70-66 on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Trailing 36-27 at the half, Wheat helped the Grenadiers outscore the Pioneers 43-30 in the second half for the victory.

The Pioneers still had a 45-38 lead with 14:55 left when IU Southest went on an 11-0 run, capped by a Bridgette Jones layup with 11:05 remaining, for a 48-45 lead.

Point Park (23-3, 10-3) came back to take a 58-57 lead, but Mary Dye hit a 3-pointer with 3:54 left to give the Grenadiers the lead for good.

The Poineers pulled within two at 66-64 with 1:05 to play, but Megan Cureton hit three free throws and Dye hit a pair to seal the Grenadiers’ seventh win in 12 KIAC contests.

Cureton finished with 15 points, going 9 of 13 from the foul line. Sidney Carr added 11 points and six boards in the victory.

Point Park’s Carly Forse had a game-high 24 points in the loss.

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