Second half scoring drought Storms Hawks

Release Date:
January 31, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

PAINESVILLE, OH - After leading by as many as 15 points in the first half, the Hilbert College men’s basketball team couldn’t find a way to finish off Lake Erie College and succumbed to the Storm, 73-63 Wednesday night. The winners outscored the visiting Hawks 39-19 over the final 20:00 to escape with their 12th win of the season.

Hilbert (9-9, 5-6) would use an eight of 17 shooting performance from three-point land in the opening half, and held a commanding 42-27 lead with 1:52 remaining until the break. The Storm would close the half on a 7-2 run after a pair of Hilbert fouls, and a costly turnover prevented the Hawks from expanding on their lead.

The Storm would shoot 50% in the second half while freezing the Hawks to just five second half field goals. Despite the cold shooting spell, Hilbert still led 55-46 with 12:09 to play in regulation, but Lake Erie would force 10 second-half turnovers and took their first lead of the night on an Ethan Bradshaw jumper at 5:37 to go up 57-56. The Hawks would have their struggles at the foul line where they made seven of 15 in the second half, including just four of 11 over the final five minutes of play.

Hilbert senior Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) led all scorers with 25 points. Fellow senior Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) added 15, and freshman Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) chipped in with 14.

Matt Moore came off the bench to pace the Storm (12-6, 8-3) with 15 points. Derrick Thorton turned in a solid performance with 10 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in a winning effort.

Hilbert will look to regroup for an important Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) game on Saturday against La Roche College. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 pm at the Hafner Recreation Center.

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.