UPB Gets By HC Cagers 67-59

Release Date:
February 14, 2007
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BRADFORD, PA – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford survived a late run by Hilbert College Wednesday night and dealt the Hawks a 67-59 loss in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). The loss drops the fifth place Hawks to 12-12 and 8-9 in league play.

Pitt-Bradford (13-11, 10-7) took a 34-28 lead into the locker room thanks to a breakaway layup by Sean DePue as the first-half expired. The host Panthers led by as many as 11 early before Hilbert closed the gap to six at the break. The Hawks managed to hit on only 34.5% of their shots while struggling to contain the Panther’s Ryan Race who connected on his first three shots from behind the arc.

The second-half saw the Hawks come from behind to take a two-point lead with just over five minutes to play. Pitt-Bradford was able to get to the foul line on its next three possessions as the Hawks were whistled for three consecutive fouls. A late layup by Pitt-Bradford’s Dan Thomas sealed the win, giving the Panthers a home game in next week’s AMCC tournament.

Race finished with a game-high 21points too go with 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Thomas finished with 14 points while DePue chipped in with 12.

Hilbert was paced by Glen Ufland’s (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) 16 points, followed by Bobby Brown (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) who ended up with 15 in a losing effort.

The Hawks will regroup for Saturday’s regular season finale against Medaille College. A win ensures a post-season birth in the AMCC tourney.

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.