HC Rally Falls Short at Fredonia State

Release Date:
January 8, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

FREDONIA, NY – The Fredonia State Blue Devils held off a stubborn Hilbert College men’s basketball team Monday night and earned an 86-82 win at Steele Hall. The host Blue Devils converted 12 of 14 free throws over the final 1:36 to hang on for the win after surrendering an early 21-point lead.

A jumper by Taha Alassari gave Fredonia a 38-17 advantage with 5:32 to play in the first-half. The Hawks would claw their way back and trailed 48-35 at the intermission despite allowing the home team to shoot a sizzling 63% from the field.

In the second stanza, the Hawks showed a little more fight with five straight points from Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) to trim the deficit to eight before the half was 00:34 old. The Blue Devils again took over and went up by as many as 19 on a jumper by Kevin Saunders at 8:53, but the Hawks would keep things interesting in the closing minutes.

Hilbert would go on a 15-4 run, and after a Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) jumper the Blue Devils were clinging to a 72-64 lead with 4:32 to play. The Hawks would continue their rally and twice trimmed the lead to four during the final 1:07 of play. A Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) three-pointer with 00:04 to play made it 84-82 but that’s as close as it would get.

Fredonia (2-8) would convert 25 of 34 foul shots on the night while shooting 56.9% from the floor and out-rebounding Hilbert 41-28. Kevin Reichlmayr paced four Blue Devils in double figures with 21 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

The Hawks were paced by Ufland’s 31 points including a nine of 17 performance from beyond the arc. Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) finished with 24 points and Vander Sluis added 16 and a team high seven rebounds.

The Hawks (6-6) will continue to play on the road with an important Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) game at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on Wednesday.

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.