PSB outscores HC cagers

Release Date:
December 5, 2007
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ERIE, PA – Penn State Behrend earned an impressive Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) win over Hilbert College with an 83-46 victory Wednesday night at the Junker Center. The host Lions clung to a 32-27 lead at the half and shot 60% over the final 20 minutes to pick up their fifth win of the young season.

The Hawks erased an early 11-2 deficit and went on a 13-2 run to take a brief lead after a Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) jumper with 12:26 to play in the opening half. Hilbert would nail five three-pointers, but shot just 37% from the field while still only trailing by five as the half came to a close.

The second half was all Behrend as the home team converted 21 of 35 field goal attempts, including six of 10 from downtown while holding the Hawks to just 28% (8-28) from the field.

“They couldn’t miss”, said Hilbert coach Rob deGrandpre. “We did a decent job of taking care of the ball, but couldn’t convert or get the stops to slow them down”.

6’7 forward Kevin Buczynski led all scorers with 21 points as he paced 11 different Behrend Lions in the scoring column. Tom Newman chipped in with 11 points and a game high seven assists as the winners improved to 2-1 in the AMCC.

Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) led the Hawks with 13 points on four of seven shooting. Freshman Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) added 11 points and Reinard finished with 10 points and a team high five rebounds.

The Hawks (2-4, 0-3) will regroup for an important AMCC contest at La Roche College Saturday at 4:00 pm.

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.