Behrend Lions Hold off Hawks

Release Date:
January 31, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
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ERIE, PA – Doug Straub connected on three second-half three pointers while leading four Penn State Behrend players in double figures Wednesday night at the Junker Center. The host Behrend Lions recorded their fourth straight win with a 65-50 victory over Hilbert College who falls to 9-11 overall and 5-8 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

Penn State Behrend’s David Gahan connected on a short jumper with 7:49 remaining in the first-half to snap a 15-15 tie, helping the home team to a 33-23 lead at the half. The Behrend Lions would not trail again the rest of the night.

In the second stanza, Penn State Behrend would build an 11-point cushion before the Hawks battled back to trail 38-43 after a pair of Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) free throws with 8:53 to play. A 15-4 run by the home team, including a pair of treys from Straub broke the game wide-open over the next 4:20 of play. The Lions calmly converted seven of 10 free throws down the stretch to improve to 14-5 (12-1).

Straub finished with 12 points while 6’7 forward Kevin Buczynski added 11 and a game-high 13 rebounds for the winners.

Hilbert was paced by Reinard’s 19 points. Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) chipped in with 14 points with nine coming from beyond the arc. The senior guard now has 204 career three-pointers to move him past Ed Hill ’01 as the college’s all-time leader in made three-point field goals. Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) led the Hawks on the boards with 11 caroms to go along with six points.

Hilbert will look to get back on the winning track this Saturday with a 6:00 pm home game against Mount Aloysius College.

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.