HC win streak stopped by Medaille

Release Date:
January 21, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – Medaille College scored 20 points off turnovers, and utilized some late heroics to snap Hilbert College’s five game win streak with a 66-61 win at the Hafner Recreation Center. The Mavericks’ James McNeil and Keith Hack scored 15 points apiece to pace the winners who improve to 8-7 overall and 3-5 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). Hilbert falls to 9-7 overall and 5-4 in league play.

Down much of the opening half and trailing by as many as 10, Hilbert awoke and grabbed their first lead on a Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) jumper to make it 26-24 at 6:46. But the visiting Mavericks would close the half on a 12-3 run and claimed a 38-29 lead at the break. Hot shooting (58%) from the field assisted the Mavs, who canned six of 10 first half three pointers.

In the second stanza, the Hawks failed to score for the first 4:24 and trailed by as many 13 before rising to begin a rally. Consecutive baskets by Travis Jackson (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) gave the home team a 57-54 lead with 4:31 to play, but McNeil would drain a long three-pointer to tie the game for the sixth time with 3:30 to play. Missed shots and turnovers would plague the Hawks in the closing minutes as the Mavs ended the game on a 9-2 run.

Hilbert was paced by Dallas Reinard’s (Smethport, PA/Smethport) 19 points and nine rebounds. Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) finished with 11 as the only other Hawk to reach double-figures. Hilbert owned a 35-29 edge on the boards, but didn’t help their cause at the foul line where they were a disappointing nine of 16.

Hilbert will return to action at 3:00 pm on Saturday at Penn State Altoona.

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.