HC Men’s Basketball Finishes Second at Buffalo State Tournament

Release Date:
December 13, 2004
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

December 13, 2004


BUFFALO, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team finished second in the Buffalo State Holiday Inn Invitational this past weekend, beating Medaille College in the first game, 63-59, on Friday night.  The Hawks then took on the host Buffalo State Bengals and fell short, 87-68 in Saturday’s championship game.  The loss drops the Hawks record to 1-6 overall, Buffalo State improved their record to 5-1, and Medaille College dropped to 0-7 after two losses this weekend.


Against Medaille, the Hawks trailed the entire first half, and went into the locker room behind, 28-24.  Hilbert came out in the second half and took its first lead of the game on a three-pointer from Sean Kenney (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) with 14:12 remaining.  Hilbert then went on a 12-2 run to take a 49-41 lead and never looked back.


Keon Rembert (Brooklyn, NY/Archbishop Walsh) led all scorers with 19 points, and added 13 rebounds while William Hall (Buffalo, NY/Traditional) finished with a double-double of his own, 13 points and 12 boards.


In the championship game against Buffalo State, the Bengals jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead, with Buffalo State’s Jay Wingate scoring five in the run. 


After two quick fouls sent Wingate to the bench, the Hawks took full advantage, going on a 7-0 run of their own to get back into the game.  Both teams went back and forth until Hilbert went on a 15-4 run to take a 10-point lead at the 2:04 mark in the first half.


Hilbert’s lead was six at the half, 38-32, and they stretched it to nine with a three-pointer from Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West).  But Buffalo State’s depth and size took over, as they went on a 20-0 run to take a 77-59 lead with 2:48 left and put the game out of reach.


Gioia had a game-high 22 points for the Hawks.  Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) added 13 points, while Will Wereley (Syracuse, NY/Henninger) added 10 off the bench.  Gioia and Hall were honored as all-tournament team members.


The Bengals were led by Aaron Carter’s 14 points, while Wingate finished the game with 13 points and 5 rebounds.  Gregg Jones, the tournament MVP, had nine points for the victors.


The Hawks next game is Wednesday, December 15th as they open their home schedule against Clarkson University at 7:00 PM. 


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.