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Hawks Hand the Lions 72-61 Loss
12/8/2012 — HAMBURG, N.Y. - Jonathan Ross (Columbia, SC/Cross Creek) scored a career-high 29 points, but it was not enough to put Penn State Altoona men's basketball over the top against Hilbert College on Saturday afternoon, as the Hawks won 72-61 in the Hafner Recreation Center.
In addition to his career-best point total, Ross grabbed five rebounds and led Penn State Altoona with three steals.
Matt Gehret (Altoona, PA/Altoona) added 11 points for the Lions, and John Brennan (Philadelphia, PA/St. John Neumann-Goretti) led all players with 12 rebounds and also contributed three assists.
Hilbert held a 5-0 lead at 15:22 of the first half, but Penn State Altoona went on a 7-2 run to tie the game on Ross' layup at 12:38.
Gehret's jump shot at 8:38 kept the score knotted, 14-14.
The Hawks flew off with a 6-0 run to take a 20-14 lead at 5:49, capped by CJ Hodge's fastbreak layup.
Penn State Altoona kept it close, as Gehret jumper at 1:38 made it a one point game, 24-23.
Down 30-25 at halftime, Gehret scored the first basket of the second half at 19:24, a layup that cut the Lions' deficit to three.
Hodge's jumper at 17:27 helped the Hawks to a seven point lead, but Ross converted a three point play 16:44 to bring Penn State Altoona back to within four, 34-30.
But a 9-0 Hilbert run provided the home team with more breathing room on the scoreboard, giving them a 43-30 lead at 13:27.
A Ross three-pointer at 6:19 helped whittle Hilbert's lead to 51-45. But Penn State Altoona did not get any closer throughout the rest of the game, as Hilbert increased its lead to as many as 15 points.
Photo (courtesy of Hilbert College Sports Information): Penn State Altoona senior forward Matt Gehret goes up to dunk during Saturday's game at the Hafner Recreation Center.