Hawks race past Panthers

Hilbert dealt the Pitt-Bradford men's basketball team its second straight loss Wednesday night, racing past the Panthers 70-55.

Pitt-Bradford jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead only to see Hilbert surge ahead briefly behind a 10-2 run. Keith Burgess' basket on the Panthers' ensuing possession tied the game at 10 as both teams would go without a field goal for the next two minutes.

Trevor Stark scored at the 13:10 mark to push the Hawks in front, and moments later, Jerame Owens extended the lead to four on a putback. Owens scored again to give Hilbert a 16-10 lead, and Nick Nadeau's three-point play with seven minutes left stretched the advantage to seven.

Leading by six late in the stanza, Hilbert scored seven of the half's final nine points to take a 33-22 lead into the break. It began to pull away for good in the opening moments of the second half, using an 8-2 spurt to stretch the lead to 17.

The deficit expanded to 21 on CJ Hodge's three-pointer, and Nadeau's jumper at the 7:47 mark ran it to 25. Pitt-Bradford would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Hilbert limited the Panthers to 39 percent shooting and 18 total field goals. The Hawks outscored Pitt-Bradford by 14 in the paint, had 15 second-chance points and turned 21 Panther turnovers into 27 points. Hilbert hit on 47 percent of its attempts from the floor and was 11-13 from the line.

Burgess led the Panthers with 16 points and six rebounds, and PJ Blanch added 13 points, including hitting two three-pointers.

Pitt-Bradford falls to 10-11 on the year and 5-9 in the conference. The Panthers travel to Mount Aloysius Saturday.