McHale buzzer beater rescues Hawks in OT

Release Date:
January 16, 2008
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HAMBURG, NY – Noah McHale’s (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) layup with less than 00:01 remaining in overtime gave the Hilbert College men’s basketball team a 75-73 win over the University of Pitt-Greensburg at the Hafner Recreation Center. Wednesday night’s heart-stopping win improves the Hawks to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

The Hawks opened the game with a 10-0 run before the visiting Bobcats got on the board with just over 15:00 to play in the opening half. Three times Pitt-Greensburg would cut the deficit to one, but the home team would extend its advantage to 30-23 as both teams headed to the locker room.

In the second half, McHale would give the home team its biggest lead of the night after the 6’5 senior converted a layup at 15:20 to make it 43-27. Pitt-Greensburg used a 19-5 run to get back in the game as the Hawks saw their lead dwindle down to just 48-46 with under 10:00 to play. Hilbert would regain the lead and go back up by as many as nine before the Bobcats once again came roaring back. Trailing 64-62, Daniel Waajid’s offensive rebound and put back with 00:05 remaining helped the Bobcats tie the score at 64-64 and force overtime.

Pitt-Greensburg (5-9, 4-3) grabbed its only lead of the night after Waajid converted two free throws to open the scoring of the 5:00 extra session. Hilbert would hold a 73-70 lead with 00:09 remaining before the visitor’s Ed Montgomery drained a long three-pointer to again knot the score at 73 apiece. Instead of taking a timeout, Hilbert guard Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) raced the ensuing inbounds pass up the sideline, finding McHale all alone under the Bobcats’ basket for the game-winning bucket in front of a jubilant Hawks bench.

Reinard would lead all scorers with 26 points as all five Hilbert starters reached double figures. Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney finished with 12 points, McHale ended up with 11, and Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) turned in a double-double effort with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) finished with 10 markers and a game-high eight assists for the winners.

Waajid, who grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, where the Bobcats shot a sizzling 61.5% from the floor. Jacquet Wells and Steve Persing chipped in with 17 points apiece in a losing effort.

Hilbert returns to action Saturday with a 3:00 pm game on the road at Frostburg State.

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.