HC cagers fall in OT at UPG

Release Date:
February 13, 2008
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GREENSBURG, PA – The University of Pitt-Greensburg needed overtime Wednesday night to get by the Hilbert College men’s basketball team 79-75 at Chambers Hall Gymnasium. The Bobcats outscored the visiting Hawks 8-4 in the extra session to avenge an earlier season overtime loss in Hamburg, NY. The loss keeps the Hawks (10-12, 6-9) in seventh place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), where a tight race to be one of the conference tournament’s six teams continues.

Hilbert would hold a 32-31 lead at the half after connecting on 12 of 30 shots, including five of 12 coming from beyond the arc. Neither team led by more than four points during the first 20:00 as 13 different lead changes kept the score close.

In the second half, the Hawks would build an early eight-point lead before using a pair of Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Height’s OH, Lutheran East) free throws at 3:41 to stay in control 68-63. Pitt-Greensburg would answer with six straight points before Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) converted one of two free throws to create the 11th tie of the game at 69-69 with 00:57 to play. The Bobcats’ Elliot Prigrom thought his layup with 00:41 left was enough, but the Hawks’ Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) forced overtime with a late runner in the lane.

Pitt-Greensburg won the overtime tap and scored the first five points to retake control. Hilbert would claw back to 75-78 with 00:26 to play, but missed back-to-back three-pointers on their next possession. Pitt-Greensburg’s Josh Kucenic iced the win at 00:08 with the second of two free throws to help the winners improve to 10-12, 9-6.

6’7 Forward Daniel Waajid led three different Bobcats in double figures with a 20-point 11-rebound effort. Pitt-Greensburg shot 50% in overtime while holding Hilbert to just one of eight shooting (13%).

Hilbert’s Reinard finished with a game-high 25 points, including 15 from downtown. Marchand, Edwards, and Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) each netted 11 in a losing effort.

Hilbert hosts conference rival Frostburg State on Saturday in NCAA Basketball’s 13th anniversary Take a Kid to the Game (TAKG) day celebration at the Hafner Recreation Center. All youth (8th grade and under) will receive free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket for the 3:00 pm tip-off.

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.