Hot shooting helps DYC over HC

Release Date:
January 2, 2008
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BUFFALO, NY – Six different players’ scored in double figures as the D’Youville College men’s basketball team overtook Hilbert College 81-76 Wednesday night. The host Spartans shot 59% in the second half while holding off a late run by the Hawks to pick up their second win of the year. The loss drops Hilbert to 4-6 on the season.

D’Youville (2-9) would hold a 34-30 advantage at the break after holding the visitors to 11 field goals. The Hawks made just three of 12 from beyond the arc and converted only five of 10 at the foul line.

In the second half, the Spartans would lead by as many as 14 before the Hawks would rally to keep things interesting. Forced to foul late to stop the clock, the Hawks traded free throws for three pointers but ran out of time after twice cutting the deficit to four.

“We really didn’t defend as well as we could have, and failed to execute some of the little things tonight,” commented Hilbert coach Rob deGrandpre. “We have some guys that competed very hard down the stretch, but tonight it was too little, too late”.

D’Youville’s Derek Ware broke loose for 22 points including a 10 of 13 outing at the foul line to lead the winners. Matt Baker turned in a solid performance with 10 points and a game-high 11 boards for the Spartans who were 17 of 27 at the stripe.

Hilbert got 23 points from Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) and 14 from freshman Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney). The Hawks drained 10 of 29 three-point attempts, but were a dismal eight of 15 from the foul line.

The Hawks will return to the confines of the Hafner Recreation Center this Sunday to face Fredonia State. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.

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.