HC Earns Consolation Win Over DYC

Release Date:
December 10, 2005
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BUFFALO, NY - Hilbert College rebounded from a 66-82 loss to Buffalo State on Friday to earn a 66-60 win over D’Youville College in the consolation round of the Buffalo State Holiday Inn Invitational Saturday.

On Friday the visiting Hawks kept things interesting early before foul trouble and turnovers prevented any hopes of a late rally. After trailing the host Bengals 26-39 at the half, Hilbert would cut the deficit to 11 early in the second half but couldn’t handle the Bengals pressure defense as they succumbed to 29 turnovers on the night.

Buffalo State’s Greg Jones led all scorers with 21 points as the home team shot an impressive 53.8% from the field in the second stanza. Hilbert’s Corey Vander Sluis connected on seven of 17 field goals for 14 points in a losing effort. The Hawks connected on only five of 21 three-point field goal attempts on the night.

In Saturday’s consolation game against D’Youville College (0-7), the Hawks led from the start and built an early 22-point lead before settling for a 38-26 advantage at the half. The second stanza saw the Hawks stumble in the closing minutes as a late Spartan rally trimmed the Hawks lead to 63-60 with 21 seconds remaining. Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) hauled in a timely rebound before calmly sinking three free throws over the final nine seconds to seal the win.

Reinard had a game high 27 points to go along with six rebounds to pace the Hawks. Vander Sluis recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while teammate Rocco DiJohn (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) chipped in with 11 markers.

In Saturday night’s championship game, Buffalo State (6-2) went on a 17-0 run to open the second half before defeating Medaille College (2-5) 97-74.

Reinard joined Buffalo State’s Dion Mozelle and Greg Jones, Medaille College’s James McNeil, and D’Youville’s College’s Ross King on the all-tournament team. Buffalo State’s James Williams was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

The Hawks (2-5) close out semester play at home this Friday, December 16th with an 8:00 pm game against SUNYIT.

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.