Relentless Hawks Scramble to Beat Mavs

Release Date:
January 15, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
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BUFFALO, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team outscored Medaille College 46-33 in the second-half to erase a 26-35 half-time deficit to top their cross-town rivals in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). The win moves the Hawks into a tie for third place while the Mavericks remain in a tie for ninth in the 10 team league.

The host Mavericks led by as many as 13 in the first stanza and a jumper by James McNeil as the first half expired gave the home team a nine point advantage. The Mavs came out ready to play and shot an impressive 52% from the field while canning eight three-pointers, four courtesy of McNeil who had 16 points at the break.

In the second-half, Hilbert would fall down by as many as 12 after a Jonnah Whipple basket gave Medaille a 45-33 lead with 16:54 to play. A 20-8 run by the Hawks over the next 10:45 helped tie the score at 53-53 with 6:09 remaining. The Hawks Bobby Brown (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) poured in seven of his 11 points during the stretch while rejuvenating the Hawks offense. Both teams took turns sharing the lead, but it would be Hilbert connecting on 10 of 12 free throws over the final 2:32 to help secure the win.

“It took us a while to get it going tonight,” said Hawks coach Rob deGrandpre. “When we finally awakened, we were as good as we’ve ever been. We climbed back in this one just in time.”

Hilbert junior Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) led all scorers with 28 points, with 21 coming from behind the arc. Junior Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) finished with nine points while dishing out seven assists for the winners.

McNeil paced the Mavs (5-10, 1-7) with 24 points while Bill Gersitz chipped in with 14, including 12 in the second half.

The Hawks (9-6, 5-3) will next face the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Thursday in an 8:00 pm contest at the Hafner Recreation Center.

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.