Men’s Basketball Hangs On to Beat UPG

Release Date:
January 10, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

GREENSBURG, PA – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team jumped out to an early 16-point lead and then survived a late University of Pitt-Greensburg run to beat the Bobcats 84-77 Wednesday night. The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) victory evens the Hawks record in league play at 3-3 while improving to 7-6 overall.

Glen Ufland’s (Buffalo, NY/Bishop-Timon) jumper at 11:05 gave the visiting Hawks a 23-7 lead, but the Bobcats would close the half on an 18-9 run and trailed just 37-41 at the break. For the half, Hilbert shot a sizzling 58.1% from the field, but allowed six three-point field goals while giving the home team new life heading into the second stanza.

A layup by UPG’s Jacob Polley at 11:04 of the second-half put the Bobcats up 59-55. After trading leads, Hilbert would regain the advantage for good on a Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) jumper at 4:46 to make it 68-66. The Hawks canned eight out of ten free throws during the last 00:46 to secure the win.

Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) led all scorers with 23 points and finished with seven rebounds and four assists. Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) added 21 points and grabbed eight boards while Ufland finished with 16 markers including a six for six night at the foul line. McHale was a perfect five for five from the field and chipped in with 11 points and six boards.

The Bobcats (2-11, 2-4) were paced by Rashad Davison’s 19 points and eight rebounds.

Hilbert will look forward to returning home for an important conference game on Saturday against Frostburg State. Tip-off at the Hafner Recreation Center is scheduled for 4:00 pm.

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.