PSB sneaks by HC cagers, 61-58

Release Date:
February 6, 2008
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HAMBURG, NY – Tom Newman’s three-pointer with 00:13 remaining broke a 58-58 tie and gave Penn State Behrend a 61-58 come from behind victory over Hilbert College Wednesday night. A Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) game tying three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark and the Behrend Lions (16-4, 10-3) escaped with their third straight win, sending the Hawks (9-11, 5-8) to their fifth straight defeat.

In the opening half, Penn State Behrend would connect on their first two three-pointers to take an early 6-0 lead before Hilbert would get settled in. The Hawks would go on to shoot a sizzling 58% during the first 20:00 of play, and used a pair of Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) lay ups during the closing seconds to expand their lead to 32-22 at the break. Hilbert put forth a mighty defensive effort to hold the AMCC’s first place team to just 28% shooting from the field.

Hilbert would hold its lengthy lead throughout the second half until an Adam Kaiser three-pointer at 8:43 put the visitors back in front 48-47. The Hawks would respond with six unanswered points to regain control, and still led 58-57 with 1:52 to play in regulation. With 00:44 left, the Behrned Lions would use a Kevin Buczynski free throw to knot the score at 58-58. The 6’7 forward then missed the ensuing back end, but teammate Adam Potter secured the offensive rebound to set up Newman’s game-winning shot.

Bucczynski led the winners with 16 points, including a 10 of 11 outing at the foul line. Kaiser nailed four of his team’s nine three-point field goals and finished the game with 12 points as the visitors rebounded to shoot 57% in the second stanza.

Hilbert’s Reyes turned a game-high 18 points on seven of nine shooting. The senior point guard drained four of six long balls and also dished out a team-high three assists. Freshman Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) was the only other Hawk in double figures and finished with 16 points in a losing effort.

Hilbert will look to get back on track this weekend at AMCC foe Mount Aloysius College. Tip-off in Cresson, PA is scheduled for 3:00 pm Saturday.

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.