Men’s Basketball Team Takes Third at RIT Tourney

Release Date:
December 15, 2003
The Office of Sports Information
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team grabbed a much needed win on the road Saturday afternoon with an 88-84 win over Medaille College in the consolation game of the Harold J. Brody Tournament at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Freshman Mike Zmuda (Gowanda/Gowanda, NY) poured in a team high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead four different Hawks in double figures as Hilbert held off a late Maverick run after taking a 45-38 half-time lead.

Medaille’s Pierre Bryant scored a late second-half lay up to give the Mavericks their first lead of the game at 83-82. Hilbert freshman guard Glen Ufland (Bishop Timon/Buffalo, NY) then drained a long three pointer with 1:01 left to play put the Hawks back up by two. Zmuda and freshman guard Brian Wojcik (St. Mary’s/Buffalo, NY) combined for three late free-throws to give the Hawks the win.

Sam Gioia (West Seneca West/West Seneca, NY) scored 15 points and dished out a game high seven assists while earning all-tournament honors for the Hawks. Ufland finished with 12 points, all from behind the arc, and junior forward Paul Marvin (Wayne Central/Ontario, NY) chipped in with 11 points and seven boards.

In Friday night’s first round action, 2002-03 ECAC champion and tournament host RIT topped Hilbert 77-50 behind the strong play of sophomore guard Fran Snyder’s 19 points.

The Tigers took a commanding 35-19 lead into the locker room after causing 12 Hilbert turnovers and forcing the Hawks to shoot a dismal 27 percent from the field.

Ufland, held scoreless in the first half, tried to rally the Hawks with four second half three pointers, but RIT’s strength and size were too much as the Tigers owned an impressive 50-26 advantage on the boards. Gioia led all Hilbert scorers with 15 points on the night.

In Saturday’s championship game, RIT came back from nine down and got a lay up with one second remaining to escape with a 69-68 win against Wilkes University.

The Hawks (2-6) return Thursday to the Hafner Recreation Center for an 8 p.m. game against visiting Lake Erie College.

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.