HC Cagers Survive UPG, 94-91

Release Date:
February 7, 2007
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HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team picked up an important Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) victory Wednesday night, withstanding eight ties and 18 lead changes to top the University of Pitt-Greensburg 94-91. Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) led all scorers with 30 points on 10 of 11 shooting, including a four-for-four performance from behind the arc.

In the first-half, the Hawks slowly took the lead going up as many as 12 before the visiting Bobcats put together an 11-0 run to close the half and a 48-47 advantage. Pitt-Greensburg would shoot 52.9% from the field while making six of 12 attempts from past the arc.

“I was disappointed with the way we ended the first-half,” said Hawks coach Rob deGrandpre. We didn’t take advantage of certain advantages we had on the floor and our defense was not up to par.”

In the second-half, both teams would take turns holding the lead until a long three-pointer by Hilbert’s Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) would put the Hawks up 73-71 with 8:42 to play. The home team would increase their lead to as many as 11 with 4:16 to play, but Pitt-Greensburg would again respond with a furious run to keep things interesting.

An intentional foul on the Hawks with 2:10 to play resulted in a four-point swing and the Bobcats trailed just 92-89. After both teams traded free throws, the Bobcats had 00:26 to work with and got off two three-point attempts before Hilbert’s Ron Dussett (Buffalo, NY/Traditional) secured the last miss, helping Hilbert to their second-straight win.

The Hawks (11-11, 7-8) were again reliable from three-point range where they connected on 13 of 25 attempts. Ufland scored 17 second-half points before finishing the night with 23 markers and seven rebounds. Dussett added 15 points and a team-high nine boards, and guard Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) connected on four treys for 12 points and a game-high 10 assists.

“We found a way to gut this one out,” mentioned deGrandpre. “I’m pleased with the way we hung together over some very rough stretches.”

Matt Rowland led four different Bobcats (2-20, 2-13) in double figures with 25 points. Pitt-Greensburg won the rebounding battle 39-28 and converted 15 of 17 free throw attempts in defeat.

The Hawks will hit the road this weekend for a 4:00 pm game on Saturday against Frostburg State.

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.