2017-18 Men's Basketball
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Left to Right: Josh Tolbert (14), Jay Shorts (33) and Andre Cinicola (21) led Point in scoring in 90-73 loss at Bluefield, Ja
Bluefield College
Men's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 14, 2017

BLUEFIELD, Va. – Point University (2-18; 1-10 AAC) opened Saturday's game with a 13-2 run in the first 2:39 of the first half, including 3 three-pointers by guard Joshua Tolbert (SR/Mobile, AL), but fourth-place Bluefield College (9-11; 7-4 AAC) outscored the Skyhawks, 34-13, over the next 10 minutes, led 49-36 at halftime and cruised to a 90-73 Appalachian Athletics Conference men's basketball victory over the Skyhawks, Saturday, Jan. 14, in Dome Gymnasium in Bluefield, Virginia.  Bluefield has won two consecutive games while Point has lost nine in a row.


Tolbert scored 15 points with 4 three-pointers in the first half, and the Skyhawks made 14-of-31 field goals (.452) with 5 three-pointers and committed nine first-half turnovers, while the Rams made 17-of-33 field goals with 10 three-pointers and six turnovers in the first 20-minute half.  Guard Jorge Concepcion tallied 11 points with 3 three-pointers, and forward Cordaris Townes added 10 with 2 three-pointers for Bluefield.


The Rams reached their first 20-point lead, 60-40, with 16:26 left in the contest.  Point trimmed seven points off the lead during the next 8-1/2 minutes and trailed 73-60, but Bluefield put together 13 consecutive points and took its widest advantage of the game with 3:12 left to play, 86-60.


Tolbert (SR/Mobile, AL) finished with 29 points, a season-high 8 three-pointers and five rebounds, and reserve forward Jay Shorts, Jr. (JR/McDonough, GA) totaled 16 points, including 13 in the second half, made 4 three-pointers and grabbed six rebounds.  Forward Andre Cinicola (SR/Hampton, GA) scored nine points and gathered a team-high nine rebounds, and guard C.J. Wilcox (SR/Mobile, AL) also scored nine points, hit one three-pointer, passed two assists and grabbed four rebounds.  Guard Makhai Eastmond (FR/Marietta, GA) added three points, two rebounds and three steals, and forward Hakeem Winters (SO/Cartersville, GA) contributed two points, six rebounds and one steal.   


Five Bluefield players scored 11 or more points.  Concepcion totaled 19 points with 3 three-pointers, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, and guard Stanthony Nelms added 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.  Townes contributed 14 points, 2 three-pointers, four rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal, and reserve guard Teyon Henry scored 13 points with 2 three-pointers and had seven rebounds and two assists.  Guard Khadier Fulcher tossed in 11 points and led the Rams with nine rebounds.


Point made 25-of-62 field goals in the game (.403), 14-of-39 three-pointers (.359) and 9-of-17 free throws (.529) and committed 17 turnovers and stole the ball four times.  Bluefield made 34-of-68 shots (.500), 11-of-26 three-pointers (.423) and 11-of-13 free throws (.846), out-rebounded the Skyhawks, 38-33, and committed 10 turnovers and stole the ball seven times.


NEXT GAMES:  Coached by Darryl Slack, Point continues its Appalachian Athletics Conference schedule with a pair of home games against Reinhardt University (13-5, 7-4 AAC) in West Point Park Gymnasium, Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m., and first-place Union College (17-3, 10-0 AAC), Saturday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m.  Union ranks number two in the current NAIA Division II National Coaches' Top 25 poll.