Hilbert Cagers Fall at Medaille

Release Date:
February 23, 2004
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

February 23, 2004 

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Rene Smith scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Medaille College to an 80-65 win over visiting Hilbert College in North Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball action Saturday. The loss drops the Hawks to 5-19 overall and 2-5 in NEAC play.

The Hawks trailed 35-29 at the half after shooting a dismal 26 percent from the field, including only one of nine from three-point range. Fourteen out of 17 Hilbert free throws prevented the Mavericks lead from being more than six points.

The Hawks were paced by freshman forward Mike Zmuda's (Gowanda/Gowanda, NY) 18 points and seven rebounds, while junior point gurad Sam Gioia (West Seneca West/West Seneca, NY) chipped in with 11 points and 10 assists in the losing effort.  Gioia has 282 career assists and needs just seven more to become the school's all-time leader.

The Hawks hit the road Tuesday, Feb. 24 for an 8 p.m. contest at NEAC foe D'Youville 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.