Hawks Start New Year with Win over DYC

Release Date:
January 4, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
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January 4, 2005


Hamburg, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team got 13 points and 13 rebounds from small forward Sean Kenney (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) to lead the host Hawks to a 65-60 win over local rival D’Youville College Tuesday night.


Kenny converted a jump hook over DYC’s 6’7 Justin Cooke with :53 remaining to give the Hawks a 61-60 lead.  The senior then stole the ball away from DYC’s Kyle Ward on the Spartans next possession while Hilbert guards Sam Gioia (West Seneca NY/West Seneca West) and Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) each converted a pair of free throws to secure the come from behind win.


Trailing 30-26 at the half after being down by as many as 10 early in the game, Hilbert fell behind by as many as seven in the second half.  The Hawks helped their cause by shooting 47% from the field in the second stanza, including four of ten from beyond the arc.


“We lost the battle on the boards to a much bigger team (46-39) and didn’t shoot particularly well from the foul line (seven of 13)”, stated Hilbert College coach Rob deGrandpre.  “However, we recorded 20 assists on the night and had some very productive play from our bench.  I’m very pleased with the way we hung in there for the full 40 minutes tonight”.


Gioia led all scorers with 17 points and chipped in with five assists while Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) added 11 for the winners.  Ross King led DYC with 16 points and nine rebounds.


Hilbert (2-7) returns to action this Saturday at Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe, Medaille College.  Game time is scheduled for 2:00 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.