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 February 13, 2013

With their leading scorer sidelined by injury, Prairie State College sophomores DeMarques Heard (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and Tim Hardy (Thornridge H.S.) have certainly picked quite the time to begin hitting their collective stride and pick up some of the offensive slack.

Despite the absence of freshman center Joe Hughes (Thornwood H.S.), Heard, a forward, and Hardy, the team’s point guard, put the Pioneers on their shoulders and stood tall, delivering a pair of outstanding efforts in PSC’s 90-46 triumph over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe McHenry in Chicago Heights Tuesday night.

Heard delivered a career-high 29 points, courtesy of an 11-of-16 showing from the floor and perfect 6-of-6 mark from the free-throw line. He also tore down nine rebounds and made off with four steals.

While not scoring at the same clip as the 6-foot-3 Heard, Hardy recorded the first triple-double of his collegiate career. The 5-foot-9 point man dropped in 12 tallies to go along with his 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

“Tim Hardy really did a nice job tonight,” PSC head coach Mike Manderino said. “I’m pretty tough on Tim as a player, but it’d be tough to imagine where our team would be this season without him. He makes our offense go and has really had some outstanding efforts over the course of the last couple weeks here.

“DeMarques really stepped his game up tonight too. With Joe down, we’re going to need some contributions offensively from a lot of different people and that was great to see one of our sophomores step to the forefront and provide that tonight.”

Lost in the excitement of Heard and Hardy’s heroics was the quiet, workmanlike effort turned in by freshman forward Tommy Green (Thornridge H.S.).

Green delivered a 20-point, nine-rebound showing. He also handed out four assists, blocked a shot and picked up a steal.

Tuesday’s outing was Green’s second of 20 points or more this season.

Freshman forward Eric Roberson (Homeschooled) also recorded a fine evening, chipping in a career-high 13 points. He also hauled in six rebounds.

Fellow freshman forward Robert Culver (Tinley Park H.S.) added eight points and four rebounds.

Freshman guard Geray Bagby (Thornridge H.S.), (5 points, 5 assists) also aided the cause.

PSC took off an a 16-2 game-opening run, effectively putting the Scots on their heels from the onset.

Prairie State carried a 49-23 advantage into the intermission.

The Pioneers will now face league foe Elgin Thursday in a road tilt, tipping off at 7:15 p.m.

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