Hilbert pulls away from Pitt-Bradford in second half

Hilbert outscored the Pitt-Bradford men's basketball team 24-8 at one point during the second half of Wednesday night's game to pull away for an 87-75 victory.

The first half featured a sizzling shooting performance by both squads as they combined to shoot 59 percent from the field. Pitt-Bradford actually held a five-point advantage in the opening frame before surrendering the lead for good at the 7:47 mark. Hilbert scored eight of the half's final 10 points, including a key three-pointer with 55 seconds to go, to lead 45-37 at the break.

Leading 47-40 in the second half, the Hawks pulled away for good, scoring nine straight to extend their lead to 16. Hilbert would stretch the margin to 23 on Jerame Owens' layup with 8:39 remaining and the Panthers would get no closer than the final margin.

Pitt-Bradford finished the game shooting 54 percent, but could not overcome a cold spell to start the second half. The Panthers were just 2-14 from long-range and 5-11 from the free throw line. Hilbert hit on 53 percent of its attempts and was 20-28 from the line. The Hawks outrebounded Pitt-Bradford by one and scored 13 second-chance points.

Four players were in double-figures for the Panthers. Jesse DeLoof had a team-high 14 points, Keith Burgess and Justin Quiggle both had 13, and Tyler Ferguson added 11. Ferguson, who was honored prior to the game for scoring his 1,000 career point on Dec. 30, finished a rebound shy of his third double-double this season.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 7-6 on the year and 2-4 in the AMCC. The Panthers host conference-leader Mount Aloysius Saturday.