"I thought we played really well for about 17 minutes in the first half and then just relaxed a little bit," Downey said. "Then we pushed it back out, they changed some defenses on us, and we just didn't go take it. And then we just did everything we could to give it away in the last minute.
"We just didn't finish the game like we were supposed to - we got lucky. This time of year you survive and you move on."
Missed 3-pointers were much of the story for Glenville as the Pioneers hit just 7-of-27 and consistently came up empty on potentially momentum-swinging treys.
The young Pioneers (11-14, 7-13) have lost eight of 10 games and are dealing with a roster with just one senior and 10 freshmen.
"We're a young team," Dye said. "The guys that win most of those games are teams that have seniors or guys that have been there three or four years.
"We're getting there, we're getting better. It's going to happen for us and maybe what we're going through now is setting us up for when the conference tournament comes and maybe those shots will fall. Maybe we'll make a run at this thing when most people don't think we can."
Aside from Lipkins' mental meltdown late, he kept UC afloat, going for 20 points and a game-best 11 rebounds from his point guard position.
Lipkins added four assists and committed six turnovers, but rest assured no one in Eddie King Gym was more relieved to see the final 3 roll out than he was.
"Oh, man," Lipkins said. "I thought it was good for a second. I was so happy when it rolled off. We shouldn't have left him open."
Aleksander Kesic and Robbie Dreher added 12 points apiece for UC. Lamont Cole matched Lipkins' 20 points for Glenville and Morris chipped in with 19 and Blanks 13.
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