Pittsburgh, PA – Geneva met a Point Park team that is ranked in the NAIA top ten for the second time in two weeks. For the second time in two weeks, the Golden Tornadoes came up just short against a very talented Point Park team. On Thursday night, Geneva could not hold a three-point second half lead and fell to the Pioneers by the score of 91-83. Geneva dropped to 9-12 overall, including a 1-4 mark in the AMC North. For Point Park, it was coming off its first loss of the season last weekend, but got back on the winning track and moved to 21-1 on the season, including a 4-1 conference record.
Trailing by three points at the half, Geneva played head to head with one of the top teams in the nation. In fact, A Bryan Hill three-point field goal, one of four on the night, put the Golden Tornadoes up by three-points mid-way through the second half. Point Park was able to battle back on the strength of Gavin Prosser and Chivas Whipple. Prosser ended the game with 20 points, including a 10-13 effort from the foul line, many of which came in the final minutes to secure the victory. As for Whipple, he led all scorers with 24 points, including an 8-15 effort from the field.
As for Geneva, Greg McDivitt enjoyed a splendid night with 22 points on 11-17 shooting from the field. Hill finished with 15 points and Justin Nardi added 14 points in the loss.
After shooting just 26% from the field in the first half, Geneva shot over 52% in the final 20 minutes. However, Point Park was even better shooting 61% (14-23) from the field in the second half.
Geneva remains in fifth place in the AMC North. A spot it must hold on to if it hopes to advance into the American Mideast Conference tournament. If the season were to end today, Geneva would go right back to Point Park for a first-round meeting against the Pioneers.
The Golden Tornadoes will try to get back into the win column with a non-conference date against Franciscan University this Saturday at Metheny Fieldhouse in a game scheduled to begin at 3 pm.