|By Scott Elliott|
BRADFORD, Pa. - Four players scored in double-figures as the Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team turned back a gusty effort by D’Youville Monday night, 91-80. It was the Panthers’ third straight win and capped a perfect homestand.
Entering last Wednesday’s home conference game against Penn State Altoona, the Panthers were facing the real possibility of falling into a 1-4 hole to start conference play. Three wins in six days later, the Blue and Gold are back in the thick of the conference race.
It was a physical matchup that featured 51 total fouls by both teams. Pitt-Bradford’s ability to hit free throws played a significant role in holding off the Spartans in the second half. The Panthers finished the night 30-37 from the line.
Pitt-Bradford shot 40 percent from the floor and hit 11 total threes. It was the third straight game the Blue and Gold connected for double-digit three-pointers. The Panthers forced 27 turnovers and outrebounded the Spartans by two.
D’Youville hit 46 percent of its attempts but struggled to keep pace with the Panthers by going just 6-23 from long-range.
Pitt-Bradford evens its record at 6-6 on the season and improves to 4-3 in the conference. The Panthers travel to Medaille Wednesday.
VanDuluitgaarden 6-14-16-28, Socha 6-3-4-15, VanAuken 5-1-1-12, Blask 4-2-2-11, Kunelius 2-0-0-6, Heard 2-0-2-4, Rosales 2-0-0-4, Salinas 0-0-1-0, Hartzog 0-0-0-0, Ward 0-0-0-0, Jorgensen 0-0-0-0, Nwaekeke 0-0-0-0. 27-20-26-80.
Greening 6-8-10-20, Welch 6-1-2-18, Kinsey 3-4-4-13, Kelly-Perkins 3-5-6-12, Brockington 2-4-4-9, Niedermeyer 2-5-8-9, Harris 2-1-1-6, Atkinson 1-0-0-2, Tennies 0-2-2-2, Haenel 0-0-0-0, Sutton 0-0-0-0, Reigel 0-0-0-0. 25-30-37-91.
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 43-34
3-Point FG's: D'Youville - VanDuluitgaarden 2, Kunelius 2, Blask 1, VanAuken 1; Pitt-Bradford - Welch 5, Kinsey 3, Kelly-Perkins 1, Brockington 1, Harris 1.