Men’s basketball wins Wednesday, falls short Saturday - The Behrend Beacon

Men’s basketball wins Wednesday, falls short Saturday

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Author: Miranda McCormick (Sports Editor)

This week was all about overtime thrillers for the men’s basketball team. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, the men traveled to Hilbert. They walked away with a victory, 69-66. They headed to their rival, La Roche, on Saturday, Jan. 28 and left disappointed, losing 59-58.

Wednesday’s game at Hilbert seemed like it was on repeat. The last time the Lions faced the Hawks; it was an overtime battle. The whole game was dead even. 

The first half ended 34-34, and the game was sent into overtime at 63 all. Junior forward Adam Palcic broke the pattern by sinking a layup at the buzzer. 

This game was different in that 10 points separated the two teams in each half. The Lions ended the first half in their favor, 42-32. The Hawks came back fighting in the second half scoring 31 points to Behrend’s 21. 

In overtime, Behrend’s defense was not about to let Hilbert take the game from them. Hilbert only scored three points in overtime while the Lions had six.

The Lions shot 58.7 percent from the floor, which is their best on the season. Junior center Russ Conley led Behrend with 18 points and six rebounds. 

Freshman guard Nick DeLisio followed close behind with 16. Sophomore guard Casey Courneen was in double-digits as well, adding 13 points for the Lions.

Behrend was pumped up and ready to play one of their biggest rivals on Saturday. La Roche has always been a tough competitor. 

The last time these two teams met, the Redhawks left the Junker Center with 45-41 win0. The Lions wanted revenge. They played some of the best basketball that they have all season. 

The Lions played a tough defense holding La Roche to shooting 39.6 percent from the floor while Behrend shot an impressive 53.7 percent. The turnover margin seemed to be the downfall. Behrend had 20 turnovers to La Roche’s 14. 

The first half ended in the Lions favor by just one point. The rest of the game would be just as tough with regulation ending 50-50. Heading into overtime, the Lions weren’t ready to give up. They fought until the very last second, but it just wasn’t enough to take down the Redhawks. 

This was a game full of free throws. The Redhawks had 26 opportunities while the Lions had 13. Luckily, La Roche wasn’t shooting very well from the charity stripe making just 14 of their 26 attempts. Behrend on the other hand, was on fire. The Lions shot 84.6 percent from the line. 

It was a big night for Conley. He drained his 1,000th career point with a free throw towards with about seven minutes left in the first half. He continued raking in the points finishing the game with 18. He also led Behrend in rebounds with five. Freshman guard Keith Wallace followed with 12 points. 

Behrend will move on to another conference battle on Wednesday against D’Youville. The last time these two teams met, the Lions were victorious 80-52. They are fighting to sweep the Spartans this season. The matchup will be in the Junker Center at 6 p.m.