Men’s basketball has no answer for LEC

Release Date:
November 28, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – Fresh off an upset of #8 Wooster College, Lake Erie College, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s (AMCC) reining champs, picked up a hard fought 77-69 win over Hilbert College Wednesday night. The Storm (4-1, 1-0) survived 14 different lead changes and seven ties to outlast the host Hawks at the Hafner Recreation Center.

A three-pointer by Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) with 5:46 to play in the opening half gave the Hawks a 31-25 advantage and their biggest lead of the night. Freshman guard Andy Marchand nailed three three-pointers en route to compiling 15 of his 17 points during the first 20:00 of play. Lake Erie would close the half with a 12-6 run and forced the Hawks into three consecutive turnovers during the final 52 seconds of play.

The Hawks would briefly regain the lead in the second half and led 46-45 after a jumper by forward Noah McHale with 16:30 remaining. Lake Erie would go on to build a 12-point cushion only to see the Hawks hang around and stay within striking distance. Another three-pointer by Reinard cut the deficit to 65-58 with 6:44 to play, but in the end it was just too much Lake Erie.

The Storm’s Derrick Thorton led four different teammates in double-figures with a team-high 14 points and eight boards. Lake Erie forced 20 Hilbert turnovers and got production out of a bench that outscored the Hawks’ 21-5.

Reinard paced Hilbert with 23 points including a five of eight performance from the arc. The Hawks knocked down 11 of 26 attempts from downtown but shot a dreadful four of 15 at the foul line. McHale finished with 12 points on five of 11 shooting.

Hilbert (2-2, 0-1) will regroup for a 4:00 pm contest with Penn State Altoona this Saturday at home.

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.