Bears nipped by Hamilton, 79-78

CLINTON, N.Y. – Host Hamilton held on Saturday afternoon and captured its fifth straight Tip-Off tournament championship, nipping Ursinus (1-1) 79-78 in the title game.

Ursinus got 26 points from junior guard Matt Hilton (Lewistown, Pa./Lewistown Area) and 21 points from senior guard Remy Cousart (Philadelphia, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep). Both were named to the all-tournament team.

With Ursinus trailing by four (79-75) with one second left, Hilton was fouled on a three-point attempt. Hilton converted the first two to pull Ursinus to within two. On his third attempt, he tried to miss intentionally, but, the shot went in.

Tied 40-all at the half, Ursinus jumped out to a five-point lead at 50-45 with 15:49 to go on a three-pointer by freshman guard Matt Donahue (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity School). The two teams traded the lead, with Ursinus grabbing its last lead with 2:18 left at 73-72 on a layup by Cousart.

In the first half, Ursinus went up by as much as seven points at 40-33 on a pair of foul shots by freshman forward John Ward (Allentown, Pa./Parkland).

Donahue finished with nine points, while Ward and senior guard Keith Page (Manchester, England/Blair Academy) chipped in with eight.

Freshman forward Kevin Janowski (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) had a team-high nine rebounds, as did Cousart.