RIO GRANDE, Ohio — D.D. Joiner poured in a season-high 35 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to lead the University of Rio Grande past Point Park University, 117-114, Saturday afternoon, in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball action at the Newt Oliver Arena.
The RedStorm improved to 12-4 overall and 2-0 in league play with the win, their seventh consecutive triumph.
The winning streak is Rio’s longest since posting eight consecutive victories between Nov. 18 and Dec. 13, 2009.
Point Park, playing for the first time since Dec. 5, dropped to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in the KIAC.
Rio Grande never trailed in the highest-scoring KIAC game since Indiana University-Kokomo defeated Point Park, 116-106, on Nov. 23, 2013.
The 231 combined points also represented the highest-scoring game involving the RedStorm since a 132-121 double overtime victory over Campbellsville on Jan. 18, 2014.
Joiner, a senior guard from Columbus, Ohio, tied a career-high with nine three-point goals in the win, one shy of the single-game school record established by P.J. Rase in a 95-51 win over Virginia Intermont on November 27, 2009.
Rio finished with 17 three-point goals as a team – the highest single-game total dating back to the 2003-04 season. Athletic department officials will continue to research available records on Monday to see if the figure represents a new school record.
Rio Grande bolted to a 15-3 lead and led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but the Pioneers clawed their way back and tied the score at 46 on a three-pointer by Sa’iid Allen with 4:09 remaining before the intermission.
The tie was one of four in the game, all of which occurred in the opening half.
Senior guard Travis Elliott (Ironton, OH) canned a three-pointer with 31 seconds left in the first half – one his five shots from distance – to give the RedStorm a 59-56 edge at the intermission.
It was a lead that Rio Grande never relinquished.
The RedStorm led by as many as 14 points in the second half – 81-67 after a bucket by senior guard Kevonta Black (Nashville, TN) with 13:12 remaining – and the Pioneers got no closer than two points, 81-79, following a three-pointer by Art Christian with 10:09 left to play.
Point Park had 13 trifectas of its own in a losing cause.
In addition to Joiner, Rio Grande had four other players finish in double figures.
Elliott finished with a career-high 18 points and had 12 of the RedStorm’s 32 assists – also a career high. Black nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Senior Dwayne Bazemore (Columbus, OH) and junior Corey Cruse (Fort Mitchell, KY) added 13 and 11 points, respectively, in the winning effort.
Kelvin Goodwin had 31 points and eight assists to pace six double-digit scorers for Point Park.
Jerah’me Williams added 20 points, six assists and four steals in a losing cause for the Pioneers, while Allen finished with 17 points, Christian had 15 points and Yandell Denis tallied 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Lasana Konate also had 12 points for Point Park, which was outrebounded, 55-32.
Rio Grande returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when Indiana University-Kokomo visits for another KIAC matchup. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.