HC Cagers Top Mt. Aloysius College, Penn State Altoona

Release Date:
January 21, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team won their third straight game and moved into a tie for third place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) with two important wins over the weekend. Friday night the Hawks took care of Mount Aloysius College 106-88 and then survived an overtime thriller on Saturday beating Penn State Altoona 75-73.

On Friday, the Hawks led from the start and built a quick 14-2 lead over the visiting Mounties before five minutes had elapsed. A jumper by Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) at the buzzer gave Hilbert a 55-41 lead at the half as the Hawks canned six three pointers and shot 48.7% from the field.

The second half saw the Hawks lead grow to as many as 23 while outscoring the Mounties 51-47. Dallas Reinard (Smrthport, PA/Smethport) poured in a game-high 30 points and Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) added 25 for the winners. Ron Dussett (Buffalo, NY/Buffalo-Traditional) scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, with teammate Rocco DiJohn (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) chipping in with 10 markers off the bench.

Roman Mims led five different Mounties (8-6, 4-4) in double-figures with 20 points in a losing effort.

Saturday afternoon the Hawks trailed visiting Penn State Altoona 28-31 at the half before temporarily going up 33-31 on a Reinard jumper with 19:15 to play. The lead would not last as the visitors would go up by as many as eight points before the Hawks battled back to lead 51-50 after a DiJohn three pointer with 10:22 to play.

Seesawing back and forth the Hawks trailed 62-65 with just over a minute to play. Reinard missed a three-point attempt with 42 seconds to play, but a stiff Hawks defense gave the Hawks one more chance when the Lions Tyler Franklin missed a lay-up with 17 seconds remaining. Reinard redeemed himself with a three-pointer from the left corner with 00:02 to play to send the game into overtime, and a rejuvenated Hilbert team took control over the extra five minutes of play. Reinard converted one of two free throws during the closing seconds and a Franklin half-court heave was off the mark as the Hawks improved to 7-7 overall and 5-3 in the AMCC.

Reinard finished with 13 rebounds to go along with a game high 32 points, including 21 from behind the arc. Vander Sluis chipped in with 15 points and the Hawks unselfishly dished out 19 assists on the afternoon. Franklin led Penn State Altoona (3-11, 0-8) with 24 points.

The Hawks return to the road on Tuesday, January 24th with an important AMCC game at Penn State Behrend.

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.