Hawks Soar Past Panthers in Key AMCC Win

Release Date:
January 17, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

BRADFORD, PA – The visiting Hilbert College men’s basketball team poured it on in the second half, defeating the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (6-7, 3-3), 73-65 in a key Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) win.

Holding a 28-23 halftime lead, the Hawks would shoot 66% from the field and knock down 45 points in the second stanza. Junior forward Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) erupted, connecting on 13 of 19 shots, as he finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds on the evening.

The Hawks (5-7, 3-3) started fast and furious as they would only allow UPB to hold a lead for 1:15 during the course of the game. A lay-up by Hilbert junior Ron Dussett (Buffalo, NY/Buffalo Traditional) with 2:15 left to play gave the Hawks their largest lead at 67-52. The lead would eventually dwindle down to four with 00:46 seconds to play on a three pointer by guard Dan Thomas, but the host Panthers would not get any closer.

The Hawks owned the paint on the evening as they outscored the Panthers 48-26 down low. Dussett added 13 points for Hilbert, while holding current AMCC scoring leader Ryan Race to 7-17 shooting and 15 points.

The Hawks return to action at home this Friday, January 20th in another key AMCC match-up against Mount Aloysius College. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 PM tip-off.

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.