Hawks Drop to D'Youville

Release Date:
February 8, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – Using a 25-12 run to open the second half, D’Youville College ran away with a 98-85 AMCC victory over Hilbert College in men’s basketball February 8. Raysean Johnson earned game-high honors scoring 29 points and Patrick Coyle blocked 9 shots for the Spartans. Hilbert’s Jordan VanDunk went 10 for 13 from the charity stripe to finish with 26 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.   With the win, D’Youville created a two-way tie with Hilbert for 4th place. The third and fourth seeded teams host a first round play-off game (February 21).

D’Youville (9-6, 9-13) opened with the game’s first points and sprinted to a 45-37 half time lead. Uncharacteristically, Hilbert turned the ball over 11 times in the first twenty minutes although D’Youville only was created with four steals. The Hawks did a good job of defending Johnson limiting him to only 8 points. Once he settled into facing a 6’10 opponent, VanDunk lead all scorers with 14 points by intermission.

Johnson scored three quick layups and one free throw in the first two minutes of the second half to extended the Spartans lead (52-37), before VanDunk responded with a score. Chris Parrott hit a three-pointer for the Hawks the next trip down the floor, but D’Youville kept going on unanswered mini-runs. With 12:09 left in the game, Johnson and Coyle combined for 23 of the Spartans 28 second-half points.

Late in the game, the Hawks cut the lead to 8 points (78-70) after CJ Hodge, Parrott and Dan McFarland hit a few jumpers from the perimeter along with VanDunk’s inside play. But after a D’Youville time-out, and a 5-0 run, the lead went back to double digits giving the Spartans’ their road win.

Hilbert out-rebounded the taller Spartans (53-40) with almost half of those boards on the offensive end but the presence of Coyle made it difficult at times for put back scores. 

Parrott earned another double double with his 13 points/11 rebound effort. McFarland shot 50% from the floor and foul line to finish with 19 points (4 assists) and Anthony Hodge {in photo} gave the Hawks some quality minutes scoring 14 points (2 steals). CJ Hodge led with 6 assists and team-high 2 blocks.

D’Youville also had four players hit for multiple points. Jeff Curry finished with 21 points, followed by Greg Osika’s 17 points (4 assists) Coyle’s 14 points (11 rebounds) and Johnson’s 29.

The Hawks (9-6, 12-10) look to regroup when they travel to Cresson, PA for their February 11 game at Mount Aloysius (6-9, 8-14).

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.