Four Post Double-Digits in High Scoring Road Win
HOUGHTON, N.Y. – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team escaped with a 94-91 non-conference victory at Houghton College last night to improve to 2-0 in the first week of their season. Houghton had a chance to force overtime but fell to 0-1 in their home opener.
Jerame Owens burned the nets shooting 10 of 14 from the floor and 3 of 4 at the foul line to lead the Hawks with 23 points. With those points, Owens jumped into 6th place (1,251) in the men’s basketball career scoring ranks moving past Trevor Stark ’15.
The Hawks got scoring from nine different players with four total notching double-digits. Sean Weisansal went 8 for 11 at the charity stripe and added 16 points while Jalen Smith made 3 of 4 trifectas and from the foul line to score 14 points.
The score remained close throughout the first half as Hilbert shot nearly 57% from the floor and went 13 of 14 from the line. Houghton stayed in the game on the offensive glass (15 OR) which led to timely 3-point buckets, just when it seemed the Hawks were poised to take off. Weisansal was perfect 7 of 7 at the line and led with 13 points as Owens stuffed two dunks in the first 20 minutes of action.
Hilbert stretched their lead to as many as 14 points nine minutes into the second half. The Hawks outscored the Highlanders 29-17 relying on 16 points in the paint, three treys and a handful of foul shots along the way.
Once the royal and white built a 79-65 advantage at 10:44, they held that double-digit lead for the next six and a half minutes. Houghton combined a lay-up and a 3-pointer to cut their deficit to six points (88-82) but Owens’ back-to-back lay-ins kept the hosts at bay.
The only scoring in the game’s final 30-seconds was at the charity stripe, which wasn’t very kind to either team. Hilbert went 2 for 6 while Houghton missed their opportunity to tie the game but went 1 for 3 after they were fouled taking a 3-point shot with 0:04 remaining.
Houghton out-muscled Hilbert 52-40 in rebounds and split their boards evenly with 26 offensive and 26 defensive rebounds; The Highlanders found 25 second-chance points, while limiting Hilbert (who shot 52.4% from the field) to just nine. The Hawks depth on the bench helped pull out the road victory as they outscored Houghton’s bench by nine points.
The men’s team returns to the friendly confines of the Hafner Recreation Center this weekend. They welcome Chatham University, RPI and Utica College to the 6th annual Tip-Off Tournament Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21.
The men’s basketball team partners with the Buffalo City Mission this holiday season and invite all fans to make a financial donation at the door which will be donated to the downtown facility. It takes a meager $1.98 to provide one meal for a person less fortunate. Give Thanks… Give Meals… Give HOPE….
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