Men’s Basketball Team Gains Split over the Weekend

Release Date:
February 2, 2004
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team split a pair of games this weekend, defeating NEAC rival Keuka College 81-67 Friday night, and then losing 84-76 to Mt. Aloysius College Sunday afternoon. The Hawks are now 5-14 on the season.

In Friday’s night win, Hilbert held a 37-28 lead and was able to fight off several second- half comeback attempts by the visiting Storm. The Hawks defense forced 21 Storm turnovers and converted 16 of their 18 free throw attempts on the night. The win improves Hilbert to 2-2 in conference play.

Sam Gioia (W. Seneca West/West Seneca West) scored 22 points and dished out six assists to lead four players in double figures for the Hawks. Keon Rembert (Archbishop Walsh/Brooklyn, NY) added 16 points, Tyler Blanar (Eden/Eden, NY) chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds, and Mike Zmuda (Gowanda Central/Gowanda, NY) contributed 10 points and seven rebounds.

Kyle Reagan led Keuka with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Brian Pelkey added 13 points.

In Sunday’s nonconference loss to Mt. Aloysius, Hilbert led 38-33 at halftime, but allowed 51 second-half points. Five Mounties scored in double figures, led by Justin Ohler with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Deron Knox scored 19 points and William Ferguson contributed 13 points, while Barry Kelleher and Roman Mims each chipped in with 12 points.

Brian Wojcik (St. Mary’s/Buffalo, NY) poured in a career-high 19 points to lead the Hawks in the losing effort. Dominic Miller (W. Seneca West/Niagara Falls, NY) added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Rembert contributed 10 points and six rebounds. Zmuda grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

Hilbert returns to conference play Saturday when the Hawks travel to Cazenovia College for a 3 p.m. contest.

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.