The Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team used a strong
offensive performance in the second half to push past the Houghton Highlanders
89-71 on Tuesday night at the KOA Arena.
The Panthers had a season-high six players score in double
figures. Leading the way for Pitt-Bradford was senior Brandon McClester, who
finished the night with 16 points, two rebounds and four assists. Next was
junior Keith Burgess. Burgess left the court with 15 points, three rebounds and
Junior Lucas Pichette capped a solid night in the paint with
13 points and three rebounds. The Panthers had two players finish with 12 total
points in junior Tyler Fantaskey and freshman Zach Smith. Fantaskey added one rebound,
while Smith added three rebounds and one assist.
Pitt-Bradford (3-2, 0-0) got off to a slow start in the
first half. The Highlanders came out firing on all cylinders that seemed to
catch the Panthers off guard.
Despite trailing by a large margin in the first half, the
Panthers were able to close the gap and head into the break, down 37-33.
Pitt-Bradford shot just 35 percent from the floor in the
first half, but was able to add 9-of-11 free throws.
Houghton shot 59 percent from the floor and drained 7-of-7
free throws from the line.
Houghton (0-5, 0-0) seemed to have the game under control in
the first 20 minutes, as they capitalized on several Pitt-Bradford mistakes. Coming
out of the locker room, the momentum shifted quickly and drastically, and the
Highlanders were never able to recover.
The Panthers stormed their way down the court in the second
half, scoring a total of 56 points compared to Houghton’s 34.
As previously stated, the scoring wasn’t geared toward any
single person but rather a group effort. Pitt-Bradford used strong passing
while finding the open lanes to the basket to roll up its point total.
“That was not how we drew up the game plan, but we will take
it,” said head coach Britt Moore. We came out very sluggish and they did a
great job of executing. McClester and Holzwarth set the tone defensively and
that got us jump started. It is always nice to head into the break after a
The Panthers head home for the Thanksgiving holiday and will
retake the court on Monday, Dec. 2. Pitt-Bradford travels to Pitt-Greensburg on
Saturday, Dec. 7, for a 1 p.m. tip-off.