PSA Comeback Stops HC Cagers 75-73

Release Date:
January 20, 2007
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HAMBURG, NY – Mike Dacer drained five three-pointers all in the second-half to help the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team to 75-73 win over Hilbert College on Saturday. Dacer played just 12 minutes but was a perfect 6 for 6 from the field while rescuing the visiting Lions from a 12-point second-half deficit. The loss is the second straight two-point defeat for the Hawks who now fall to 9-8 overall and 5-5 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

Hilbert held a 34-28 lead at the break and build a 62-50 lead on a Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) jumper with 5:28 to play. The Lions would rally to tie the score at 68-68 with 00:40 remaining before a long trey by Dancer gave the visitor’s their first lead of the second-half.

Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) scored on the Hawks next possession to cut the deficit to70-71 while both teams then traded trips to the foul line. Down two with 00:02 remaining, a steal by Hilbert’s Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) couldn’t be converted into a last second shot, and the Lions escaped with their second win of the season over the Hawks.

Quintin Dziabo finished with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lions (5-11, 4-6). Hilbert’s Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) scored 24 points to lead three Hawks in double-figures, including Reinard and McHale who finished with 13 points apiece. The Hawks connected on 20 of 26 free throw attempts while winning the battle on the boards 32-26, but were careless with 17 turnovers.

Hilbert will welcome league leader Lake Erie College to the Hafner Recreation Center on Wednesday night for an 8:00 pm contest. The Storm beat the Hawks 68-65 in an earlier season meeting in Painesville, OH.

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.