Second-Half Drought Dooms HC Cagers in Loss to PSB

Release Date:
December 6, 2006
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HAMBURG, NY – Penn State Behrend outscored the Hilbert College men’s basketball team 32-14 in the second-half Wednesday night to earn a 59-39 win over the Hawks at the Hafner Recreation Center. The Behrend Lions improve to 4-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). The Hawks fall to 2-4 on the young season and are still searching for their first victory in highly competitive AMCC where they currently stand 0-3.

In the first-half, the Hawks would build a six-point lead on a layup by Bobby Brown (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) to make the score 20-14 with 9:24 to go before intermission. Penn State Behrend would hold the Hawks scoreless for the next 5:04 while going on a 13-0 run before eventually settling for a 27-25 lead at the break. The Hawks limited the Behrend Lions Kevin Buczynski to just two points while the 6’7 pre-season Player of the Year logged only three minutes while being in early foul trouble.

In the second stanza, the Hawks had a hard time finding the bottom of the net as they didn’t score until a Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) free throw got them on the board at 14:53. A Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop-Timon) three-pointer at 9:19 cut the Behrend Lions lead to 38-31, but that’s as close as it would get as Penn State Behrend would score 11 points over their next four possessions to open up the game.

The Behrend Lions held a huge 38-18 advantage with points in the paint as well as scoring 21 points off 17 Hilbert turnovers. Buczynski would finish with a team-high 12 points for the winners who also won the battle on the boards 37-28.

Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) paced the Hawks and led all scorers with 13 points on six of 14 shooting from the field. Ufland finished with 12 points including a four of eight showing from beyond the arc.

The Hawks will regroup for an important AMCC game on Saturday, December 9th against La Roche College. Tip-off against the Redhawks is scheduled for 6:00 pm at the Hafner Recreation Center.

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.