Second half surge lifts men's basketball over La Roche

Release Date:
December 8, 2007
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PITTSBURGH, PA – Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) and Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) combined for 34 second-half points to lead the Hilbert College men’s basketball team to an 80-73 win over La Roche College on Saturday. The Hawks shot 50% from the field over the final 20 minutes to pick up their first ever win at the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center. The win marks the Hawks’ first of the season in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate conference (AMCC).

The host Redhawks led 34-31 at the half thanks to connecting on 15 of 24 filed goal (62.5%) attempts. Hilbert was fortunate to stay in the game with a 9 of 13 performance from the foul line and a solid contribution from their bench. Four different reserves scored for the Hawks during the opening half, which saw a number of lead changes.

In the second stanza, the Redhawks would lead by as many as six before some timely shooting midway through got the Hawks back in the game. Reyes nailed three three-pointers and Reinard splashed two while adding a pretty backdoor layup as a stingy Hawks defense tightened late in the game. The Hawks spent much of the afternoon at the foul line where they converted 12 of 14 attempts down the stretch.

Freshman Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) collected 12 points all from behind the arc where the Hawks were nine of 16 on the day. Reinard finished with a game high 26 points including a 10 of 11 day at the foul line. Reyes finished with 15 markers to go with a game high five assists.

Guard Dylan Grazier led four different Redhawks (3-5, 2-2) in double figures with 18 points.

Hilbert (3-4, 1-3) will return to action next weekend at the Rochester Institute of Technology Tournament.

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.