McFarland Breaks 1,000 Points In Overtime Loss To Behrend

Release Date:
January 25, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – Hilbert College lost a pivotal overtime game (69-66) to Penn State Behrend for the second time this season January 25. Hilbert’s Dan McFarland {in photo to right} finished with game-high scoring honors (19) after becoming the ninth Hawk to reach the 1,000 plateau in his career. Behrend’s Russ Conley led the overtime charge for the Lions scoring four of the visitor’s six points as they move to 8-4 (9-9 overall) and grab a hold onto third place in AMCC league standings. Hilbert drops into a fourth place tie at 7-4 (10-8 overall).

Behrend rushed to a 42-32 half time lead with patterned offenses and hot field goal shooting (65.4%). Hilbert held a one rebound advantage at intermission with five of their 13 on the offensive glass, but the Hawks respectable 44.8% shooting just didn’t match the heat that the visitors held in their hands.

Hilbert opened the second half as Jordan VanDunk sank two free throws before Nick Thorsen’s three point score gave Behrend a 45-34 lead. After that bucket, Hilbert dug down defensively and constantly switched their defensive coverage, which rattled Behrend. The Hawks went on a 24-6 run over a seven minute span to build their largest lead, 58-53. During that run, CJ Hodge hit back-to-back buckets just before Chris Parrott hit three consecutive 3-point shots, filling the gymnasium with emotion. 

At 12:08 McFarland went to the line for a potential ‘and one’ to hit the 1,000 point mark. His foul shot rimmed out but found its way back to him allowing the junior to hit a short baseline jumper {photo} three seconds later giving him 1,001. Behrend went on their own 10-3 run the last ten minutes of regulation off big plays by their big man Conley to knot the game at 63 all.

The Hawks went scoreless from the floor (0-10) during the five minute extra period as their three points all came from the foul line.  

Even though Hilbert had a season-low six turnovers, and held a 12 board advantage in rebounding, Behrend finished the game shooting 58.7%.

CJ Hodge and Chris Parrott both chipped in 14 points each. Parrott earned his first double-double of the season pulling down 11 rebounds and VanDunk finished with seven points and seven offensive rebounds.

Scoring in double figures for Behrend were Nick DeLisio (16) and Casey Courneen (13).

Up next for the Hawks is a road game at Pitt-Greensburg January 28 beginning at 2pm.

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.