BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford men's basketball team fell to Franciscan, 63-52, Saturday afternoon at the KOA Arena in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game.
It took some time for the Panther offense to kick into gear as Franciscan held a 31-13 advantage with four minutes to play in the first half.
But Jeffrey Fry converted a four-point play at the three-minute mark to give the Panthers a lift.
Five more points for Pitt-Bradford before the break sent Franciscan into the half ahead, 35-22.
Mitchell did a bulk of the scoring the Panthers in the first half, scoring 12 points on 4-8 shooting and 4-4 at the free-throw line.
The Panthers fought back early in the second half, though.
A three-pointer by McCoy kick-started a 9-0 Panther run to cut the Barons' lead to 41-37 at the 12:57 mark.
But the Barons later went on a 10-0 run to increase their lead to 56-38 at the 4:38 mark.
McCoy knocked down a pair of three-pointers down the stretch but the Barons would hold on for the 63-52 victory.
Pitt-Bradford shot 40 percent in the second half (10-25) with McCoy scoring 14 second-half points.
Reggie Rogers was the team's leading rebounder with four and also grabbed a pair of steals.
The Panthers' defense forced 21 Franciscan turnovers and they turned the ball over 22 times themselves.
Pitt-Bradford made 16 of its 22 attempts at the free-throw line with Mitchell and McCoy leading the way with four apiece.
Up next, the Panthers will play the third and final game at the KOA Arena of its three-game homestand as D'Youville comes to town for an AMCC matchup Wednesday.