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Hilbert rallies past Wolverines, 57-53


HAMBURG, NY, December 12, 2001--The Hilbert Hawks (2-6) used seven three-pointers in the second half to post a 57-53 victory over the visiting Grove City Wolverines (5-3) at the Hafner Recreation Center in Hamburg, NY Wednesday night.

The Wolverines led 24-20 at halftime and went ahead by as many as 11 points, 31-20, before Hilbert rallied to take its first lead of the game, 34-33 with 12:30 remaining.  The Hawks opened up an eight-point cushion, 51-43, but Grove City recovered with an 8-0 run to tie the score, 51-51, at the 3:00 mark.  Freshman Nate Maurer (Mount Lebanon, PA/The Linsly School) keyed the spurt by hitting 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. 

Trailing 55-51 with 19 seconds left, sophomore Jim Fetzner (Erie, PA/Cathedral Prep) was fouled on a three-point attempt and proceeded to make two of three from the stripe to cut the deficit to two, but Hilbert nailed a pair of freebies with 16 seconds left and held on to post its second victory of the season.

Sophomore Phil Bushre (Swartz Creek, MI/Swartz Creek) led three Wolverines in double figures with a career-high 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting.  Fetzner tossed in 11 points, including a trio of threes, while senior Pat Roberts (Home, PA/Marion Center) also contributed 11 points and added a team-high nine rebounds.  Sophomore Tanner Prosser (Pittsburgh, PA/Brentwood) chipped in with seven points and a team-best five assists.

Adam Gioia and Mike Sims paced the Hawks with 17 points each.  Gioia scored all 17 in the second half.  

Hilbert has won 18 of 19 home games dating back to 1999.

Grove City next plays at La Roche on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

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