Hobart Outlasts Hawks in OT Thriller

Release Date:
November 18, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
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GENEVA, NY – It took an extra five minutes for the Hobart College (1-0) basketball team to sneak by the visiting Hilbert College Hawks Friday night and earn an 84-78 win in overtime. Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) connected on a 3-pointer with :37 seconds remaining to knot the score at 71-71 and force the extra stanza.

After leading by as many as 13, the Hawks surrendered their 35-30 halftime lead and allowed the host Statesmen to go on an 18-2 run to start the second half. The gritty Hawks climbed their way back into the game after trailing 56-40 with 9:10 remaining in regulation. Hilbert connected on six trifectas over the final eight minutes of play to keep things interesting.

In overtime, the Hawks (0-1) took a 78-76 lead with 3:16 to play on a Reinard jumper before giving up eight unanswered points and going cold on their last four possessions.

Hobart’s Mike Mastro finished with 17 points to go along with 17 rebounds and Joe Virgillio canned 25 on 10 of 17 shooting for the winners. Reinard led all scorers with 26 points while teammate Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.

Hilbert returns to action at home on Tuesday, November 22nd with a 7:00 pm contest against the Alfred University Saxons.

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.