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HAMBURG, NY – With Hilbert’s 74-64 victory over Pitt-Bradford January 12th, coach Rob deGrandpre earned his 100th career victory in men’s basketball. The Hawks (12-3) now sit in second place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings with a 6-2 league record while Greensburg dropped to 2-6 AMCC (5-9 overall).
Sophomore Trevor Stark was perfect from the floor making all six field goal attempts and all four free throws while, at the same time, distributing a game-high five assists. His 16 points matched teammate Anthony Hodge’s efforts and were three points more than Dan McFarland and Jerame Owens, who earned his second consecutive double-double with 13 rebounds. CJ Hodge was credited with four steals and four assists quarterbacking the Hawks offense.
Greensburg’s Brock Witkowski’s 16 points led four Bobcats in double digits. Brian Heinie and Rocco Contristano each chipped in 14 points while Mike Pearson added 11.
Hilbert shot 47% from the floor and held Greensburg to 38.7% shooting. The Hawks won that battle of the boards (39-33) but watched the Bobcats go 10 for 11 at the charity stripe while Hilbert missed 10 attempts (18-28).
Hilbert took an early six-point lead to open the game after CJ Hodge knocked down a long ball at 18:09. Bradford battled back and took a one-point lead after their next three possessions before the teams traded buckets the next three minutes. Hilbert slowly took over to close the half with a 42-31 advantage.
McFarland’s eight second-half points lead the balanced scoring by the Hawks, who built a 19-point lead by 10:20. Things got interesting when Greensburg made it a nine-point game with 2:47 left. McFarland went 3 for 4 from the line and hit a jumper to stretch it back to 12 points with 0:52 on the clock and held on for a 74-64 win.
Hilbert now heads into a big week of basketball. They travel to Penn State Behrend (5-2) January 14 (8pm) before they head to North Buffalo for the back-half of the AMCC schedule. The Hawks square off against D’Youville, 1-8, (whom they beat 94-55) January 17th and host Franciscan, 0-8, (87-51 win) Saturday, January 19th (3pm).
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