Hawks Comeback Attempt Falls Short; Lose to UPB, 72-67

Release Date:
February 1, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

February 1, 2005


BRADFORD, PA – Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) had 18 points to lead the Hawks, but it wasn’t enough as the Hilbert College men’s basketball team dropped a close one, 72-67, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Tuesday night.  The loss drops the Hawks to 7-12 on the season, and 5-7 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).  Pitt-Bradford improves to 11-7 on the year, 8-4 in the AMCC.


Down by as many as 15 points in the second half, the Hawks clawed their way back to take a one-point lead, 67-66, on two clutch free throws by freshman Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport).  With 1:24 remaining in the game, UPB’s Dan Thomas, who led the Panthers with 23 points on the night, hit a tough jumper in the lane, giving the lead back to the Panthers for good. 


The Hawks had a few opportunities to tie or take the lead in the closing minute, but three-pointers by seniors Sean Kenney (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) and Sam Gioia were just off the mark, as Pitt-Bradford connected on four straight free throws to seal the victory.


Kenney added 17 points for Hilbert, while sophomore Dominic Miller (Niagara Falls, NY/West Seneca West) contributed with 11 points and seven rebounds.  Pitt-Bradford’s Mark Austin added a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) for the Panthers.


The Hilbert College athletic department is inviting all area youth to attend the Hawks upcoming basketball doubleheader on Saturday, February 5th, as Hilbert College hosts local rival Medaille College in NCAA Basketball’s 10th Anniversary Take A Kid to the Game (TAKG) day celebration at the Hafner Recreational Center.  All youth (8th grade and under) will receive free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.  The women’s team will begin the twin-bill at 2:00 p.m., immediately followed by the men’s game. 

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.