HC Upset Stopped by LEC in OT

Release Date:
February 24, 2006
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Gutsy Effort Ends in AMCC Semi-Finals

PAINESVILLE, OH – A long three-point basket by Rob Williams with 0.6 seconds left in overtime gave host Lake Erie College a 70-67 win over Hilbert College in the semi-finals of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate (AMCC) Conference Tournament. The win sends the #1 seed Storm into today’s Championship game against #2 seeded University of Pitt-Greensburg.

Leading 34-31 at the half, the #4 seeded Hawks would go up by as many as eight points in the second stanza before a three point play by Lake Erie’s Chad Hunt gave the Storm a 63-61 lead with 57 seconds to play. Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) connected on two free throws to tie the score at 63-63 with 38 seconds remaining and the Hawks got the ensuing defensive stop to force overtime.

In the extra session, the Hawks took an early lead before Hunt’s jumper again tied the score for Lake Erie at 67-67. Hilbert’s Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) missed a three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining and Lake Erie secured the rebound to set up their last possession. This time Williams’ high arcing three-pointer in front of the Storm bench found nothing but the bottom of the net and Lake Erie had their 15th consecutive win at the Athletic Center Arena.

The Hawks appeared to have control of the game throughout the night, as the Storm would lead for just 1:39 during the second half. “It was a great Division III basketball game”, commented Hilbert coach Rob deGrandpre who’s Hawks finish the season at 12-14. “Unfortunately for us we just couldn’t put them away, despite a very good effort. I couldn’t have asked for anything more out of our group”.

While playing in their fifth overtime game of the year, the Hawks held a 41-39 advantage on the boards and shot 42% from the field compared to the Storm’s 40%. Hilbert also made four more three-pointers (7 of 23) than their opponent and handed out 20 assists, including 13 by sophomore guard Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon). The Hawks Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) led all scorers with 25 points on 11 of 17 shooting. The 6’6 junior also hauled in a game-high nine rebounds. Ufland finished with 14 points including 12 from behind the arc and Reinard chipped in with 13 despite the sophomore having an off-shooting night (4 of 14).

Darnell Campbell came off the bench to pace the Storm (20-6) with 18 points on eight of nine field goal attempts. The AMCC regular season champs also got a combined 24 points from Williams and Hunt.

deGrandpre’s Hawks should be in good shape next season with 6’7 senior Al Leight (Oakfield, NY/Oakfield-Alabama) being the only player lost to graduation this spring.

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.