GREENSBURG, Pa: Senior Brian Heinle became the eighth player in school history to reach 1,000 career points, as he dropped 20 in a losing effort to Hilbert College 99-83 Saturday afternoon in Greensburg.
The Bobcats and Hawks now sit tied at 12-4 in the conference with just two games remaining. UPG holds the tiebreaker over Hilbert for the No. 3 seed based on their earlier win over Penn State Behrend.
Heinle, a St. Joseph graduate, scored points 997 and 998 on a layup with 12:51 left in the first half to cut the Hilbert lead to 13-12 early on. After the Bobcats fell behind by 10 with under 9 minutes to play, Heinle took it upon himself to not only get that 1,000th point, but to also get UPG back in the game.
Heinle converted a layup for the historic mark, then off a turnover just 2 seconds later drained a three pointer to cut the Hawks lead in half at 32-27, sparking a Hilbert timeout and sending the crowd into a frenzy.
(photo courtesy of Pitt-Greensburg University)