Hawks Fall At Buzzer To Behrend

Release Date:
December 8, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
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ERIE, PA – For the second time this season, the Hilbert men’s basketball team dropped a road game with the horn sounding in the background. In the 71-69 overtime loss to Penn State Behrend December 7, Hilbert sent the game to overtime, only to watch an offensive rebound put-back by Behrend end their comeback hopes in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference contest.

Behrend controlled the first half of play, building a seven point lead (20-13) with nine minutes to go. Isaac Bushey’s three-pointer started the come-back by the Hawks, and back-to-back long balls by Chris Parrott gave Hilbert their first lead of the game after 19 minutes of play. Behrend scored a quick bucket to send both teams to their locker rooms knotted at 34 all. Parrott and Dan McFarland led the visitors at the break with 10 points apiece as the Hawks held the advantage in steals and fewer turnovers. But hot shooting (61.5%) by Behrend kept them in the game.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first twenty minutes. Behrend jumped out to their biggest lead of 5 points (47-42, 10:12) yet Hilbert didn’t surrender. Parrott went on a seven-point tear to tie the game, and gave the Hawks their first second-half lead four minutes later. Again, Behrend built a six point difference off their trademark long distance shooting, and again, Hilbert responded in the last fifteen seconds of regulation when McFarland scored back-to-back layups which sent it to overtime.

As the five-minute extra period began, every possession proved to be important. Behrend struck first breaking the tie.  A Parrott layup evened the game for the seventh time followed by a Cody Troutman score. CJ Hodge’s break-away layup tied the contest with 0:49 left on the clock. Behrend’s timeout set the Lions up for one last shot which turned into an Adam Palcic show. The 6’2 reserve grabbed three offensive rebounds and scored his final shot with time expiring for the game winner.

Parrott lead all scorers with 23 points and three steals and McFarland contributed a solid 22 point, 6 rebound and 3 assists effort.   No other Hawk scored more than five points. Behrend saw four plays hit for double figures with Russ Conley hitting 18 points.

The Hawks return to action December 10 with their first AMCC home contest against Pitt-Greensburg (2-5, 1-2) at 2pm.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.