VanDunk Pushes the Hawks To Victory

Release Date:
January 21, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team secured a strong hold on 3rd place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings with an impressive 97-76 win over La Roche College January 21. La Roche had no answers to Hilbert’s sizzling field goal percentage (sixty-four percent) for the game as the RedHawks drop their third game after the semester break. Hilbert improves to 7-3 (10-7 overall) capturing their sixth game in a row.  

Nine of the Hilbert players contributed in the scoring column during the first half, led by junior Anthony Hodge’s eight points. As a team, Hilbert shot seventy-percent from the floor (19-27) and went 4-7 from behind the arc to sprint to a 46-33 advantage at the break. 

Sophomore Jordan VanDunk’s {in photo to right} tip-in layup, followed by a monster offensive rebound put-back started the 12-0 Hilbert-run to give the Hawks their largest cushion in the game (76-47) at 10:21. After back and forth play to finish the game, Hilbert held on for their first victory over La Roche since January 2009.

VanDunk and junior Dan McFarland tied for game high scoring honors as they both chipped in 19 points. Senior Chris Parrott finished with 18 points (six rebounds) and Anthony Hodge shot five for six from the floor to give the Hawks 13 points. Sophomore CJ Hodge netted 10 points, but his real contribution was his eight assists. Coming off the bench and supplying an instant scoring spurt, senior Chris Hoak offered two blocks and went three for four from the floor (a perfect two for two from long distance) to continue the hot shooting for the team.

La Roche was led by Andre Flanigan’s 16 points (four assists) followed closely by Michael Dixon’s 15.

The RedHawks out-rebounded Hilbert (39-30) but the Hawks held a commanding advantage of scoring in the paint (46-30) and points off turnovers (30-10). 

Hilbert hosts Penn State Behrend (6-4, 7-9 overall) January 25 in a rematch of the 71-69 overtime loss played in Erie in December.

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. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.