Clutch Shooting Helps UPB Bounce HC

Release Date:
January 18, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford men’s basketball team shot 63% from the field in the second-half while overcoming an eight-point half-time deficit to beat Hilbert College 75-73. Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) had a chance to send the game into overtime but his fade-away jumper as time expired rolled off the rim.

In the first-half, the Hawks defense held the visiting Panthers to 29.4% from the field while shooting a respectable 45.5% from the field behind Reinard’s 15 points. Hilbert held a 34-26 advantage at the break but would be outscored 49-39 over the final 20 minutes of play. Both teams played physical throughout the night and there were six lead changes and six ties throughout the contest.

Down by seven with 1:31 to play, the Hawks would send the Panthers to the foul line six times while trading three Pitt-Bradford misses for eight straight points on their next four possessions. Clinging to a one-point lead with 2.5 seconds remaining, Pitt-Bradford’s Mark Austin would make one of two free throws before Reinard’s jumper at the buzzer came up short.

Austin and Dan Thomas led the Panthers with 15 points apiece, who improve to 9-7 overall and 6-3 in the conference.

Reinard finished with 30 points on 11 of 20 shooting and scored his 1,000th career point midway through the second stanza. The junior guard is just the eighth player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone and now has 1,010 for his career. Hilbert’s Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) finished with 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Hawks will be in action again at home on Saturday against Penn State Altoona with tip-off scheduled for 4:00 pm.

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.