HC cagers top CU in OT

Release Date:
November 24, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – Brandon Linton’s desperation three-pointer with 00:09 remaining in regulation rescued Clarkson University and forced overtime, but Hilbert College outscored the Golden Knights10-7 in the extra session to hang on for a dramatic 77-74 win. The victory is Hilbert’s first in four tries against the Knights and improves the Hawks to 2-1 on the season.

The two teams traded baskets for much of the first half before a layup by Hilbert’s Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) at 6:16 sparked 15-5 Hawks run. Hilbert would take a 36-27 lead into the lockeroom while holding the visiting Knights to just 39% shooting during the first 20:00.

The second half would see the Knights erupt for 40 points, including a five of eight outing from beyond the arc while taking a brief 64-63 lead with 1:21 to play. Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) would respond with a jumper before adding a pair of free throws with 00:31 left to give the hosts a 67-64 advantage. A Clarkson timeout set up Linton’s game tying trey, and an unsuccessful 94-foot drive by the Hawks’ Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) in the closing seconds resulted in overtime.

In overtime, Reinard would put Hilbert up for good with his 11th and 12th free throws of the game coming at 2:26. Clinging to a three-point lead with 00:17 remaining, the Hawks would survive two Clarkson missed three-pointers as time would expire.

Reinard paced the winners with 20 points and six rebounds while Reyes ended up with a career-high 17 points to go with six assists. The Hawks’ Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) continued his strong play with 15 points and a team-high eight boards.

Elson Pickering led four different Golden Knights (1-2) in double figures with a 21 point 10 rebound performance. Clarkson held a slight 35-34 advantage on the glass in a game that saw 14 different lead changes.

The Hawks will open Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) play Wednesday evening at home against reigning league champ and NCAA participant Lake Erie College. The 8:00 pm tip-off against the Storm can be heard live by going to

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.