Panthers Run With Medaille But Fall Short

Photo by Erika Helo
Photo by Erika Helo

BRADFORD, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford men's basketball team fell, 82-66, against Medaille in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference matchup at the KOA Arena Wednesday night.

"I thought our effort was a lot better tonight," Head Coach Sean Brown Sr. said. "Our execution on offense also has improved. Tonight, Medaille just had a lot more firepower, but the effort was there tonight from us defensively."

Sahlil Harris put together his best game as of late, scoring a team-leading 14 points while blocking four shots and grabbing a pair of steals in 21 minutes on the floor.

Desmond Brogsdale and Dylan Niedermeyer had 12 points apiece, and Colby Mills knocked down three three-pointers while scoring 11 points.

Brogsdale and Niedermeyer each pulled down nine boards to lead the Panthers.

The two teams hung even through the early part of the game, holding a 16-16 tie after a Mills' make from deep at the 11:15 mark.

But a 13-2 run brought Medaille's lead to 29-18 at the 9:06 mark.

Medaille eventually would hang tough and hold a 45-31 advantage into the break.

The Mavs shot 51.4% from the field in the half, converting on 18 field goals. Medaille also held the advantage at the free-throw line, going 6-10 from the stripe in the first half.

Pitt-Bradford also shot a high percentage of 46.7 percent on 14 makes, but the Panthers went just 1-6 at the free-throw line.

Niedermeyer got the scoring started in the second half with a layup to cut into the Medaille lead early.

Harris later knocked down a three-ball and brought the score to 49-36 at the 17:15 mark.

But the Mavs bounced back, gaining its largest lead of 22 points at the 11:52 mark.

Pitt-Bradford continued to pressure the Medaille offense with a full-court press, and eventually forced seven Mavs' turnovers and grabbed four steals in the half.

Four separate times, Harris came flying in on a Medaille fastbreak and blocked the shot cleanly from behind.

But the Mavs would hold strong and finish out the 82-66 win.

In total, the Panthers shot 43.5 percent from the floor.

The two teams each had 14 turnovers.

Brogsdale led the game with six assists.

Up next, the Panthers will host Pitt-Greensburg Saturday at the KOA Area. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.