Hilbert Shoots Down Altoona
Claims 4th Seed, Home Game For Play-offs
- Release Date:
- February 20, 2011
- The Office of Sports Information
- (716) 649-7900 ext. 333
Altoona, PA – With the 77-68 road win at Penn State Altoona February 19, the Hilbert College men’s basketball team earned a right to host the first round game in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play-offs. Junior Chris Hoak (Hamburg, NY/St. Francis) continued his sharp shooting from long range (5-10) to help the Hawks pick up their much needed win, escalating them to sole possession of fourth place in the conference. Hilbert (8-10, 11-14) hosts Mount Aloysius College (7-11, 10-14) February 22 at 7pm at the Hafner Center in a play-off game.
Hilbert opened the game on a 6-0 run with scores by CJ Hodge (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) and Dan McFarland (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) before Altoona found the rim. After back and forth scoring by both teams, Hoak entered the game with the Hawks up 16-11 (12:45) and quickly found themselves only up by 4 after a quick Altoona layup by Mathew Gahret. Hoak then went on a scoring spree hitting four threes giving the Hawks a 14-point cushion at 6:13. Besides Hoak’s 12 first half points, Hodge finished with nine, McFarland eight and freshman Barry Mason (Sinclairville, NY/Cassadaga Valley) scored six on three for three shooting in six minutes.
The Hawks continued to dominate play through the first ten minutes of play in the second half building a twenty-four point lead (64-40) at 12:16. Altoona found some scoring punch and cut the lead to nine with less than a minute to play on two occasions, but Hilbert had the game in the bag by then and held on to win. The Hawks shot fifty-four percent from the floor (fifty-three behind the arc) but were outrebounded for the game by eleven (37-26) and surrendered 17 offensive rebounds to Altoona.
McFarland led the Hawks with 16 points and Hoak scored 15 all from long distance. Chris Parrott (Warsaw, NY/Warsaw) chipped in 13 points and Hodge finished with 12 (3 steals). Kirk Peters led the home team with 24 points hitting 11 of 20 shots from the floor (eight for nine in the second half).
Hilbert prepares for post-season play for the third time as the 4th seed since joining the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in 2004-05. Both previous seasons, the Hawks defeated their #5 seeded opponent (2007 – Frostburg; 2006 – La Roche) and moved onto face the #1 seed (Lake Erie College). Lake Erie moved onto capture the AMCC championship title both years qualifying for the NCAA Division III tournament. In 2006-07 Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard was named the Player of the Year for men's basketball in the AMCC.
Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs, one a master’s in criminal justice administration and the other a master’s in public administration, and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.