HC Cagers Beaten by LEC Storm, 68-65

Release Date:
November 29, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
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PAINESVILLE, OH – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team suffered a 68-65 defeat to their nemesis Lake Erie College in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) opener for both teams Tuesday night. The host Storm ended Hilbert’s 2005-06 season with a three-point overtime win in the AMCC semifinals at the Athletic and Wellness Center last February.

As predicted, the game was a nail-biter between two of the conference’s early season favorites. In the first-half, a three-pointer by Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) put the Hawks up 5-3 where they would keep a lead until Lake Erie’s Howard Washington sunk a trey to tie the game at 17-17 with 8:00 to play. The home team took their first lead of the game with a little more than a minute left in the half and settled for a 27-26 advantage at intermission.

In the second half, the Storm stayed ahead of the Hawks, leading by as many as 11 with 8:08 to play. Hilbert would roar back to make the game interesting however, fighting back from the deficit to sit within two with less than 30 seconds to play. After a Hilbert turnover, Lake Erie’s Rob Williams converted one of two free throws with just under 10 seconds to force the Hawks into back-to-back long-range shots that were off the mark.

Williams scored a team-high 15 points for the winners who shot just 37.7% from the field. Hilbert was paced by forward Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) who finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. Reinard finished with 15 points and Ron Dussett (Buffalo, NY/Traditional) chipped in with 11 points and seven boards in a losing effort.

Both teams were sloppy throughout the night turning the ball over 21 times apiece. The Storm’s massive interior controlled the boards where they held a 49-35 advantage, including a 26-12 edge on the offensive glass. Neither team was spectacular from the foul line where the Storm converted 14 of 24 attempts while the Hawks connected on only four of 11 throws.

Lake Erie is now 1-0 in the AMCC and 4-1 overall with their only loss coming at the hands of NCAA Division II power, the University of Findlay who is ranked 16th nationally.

Hilbert College (2-2, 0-1) returns to action on Saturday, December 2nd at AMCC foe Penn State Altoona.

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.