Edwards, Hawks back on track with win at MTA

Release Date:
February 9, 2008
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CRESSON, PA – Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) poured in a career-high 29 points to go with 17 rebounds as the Hilbert College men’s basketball team stopped a five-game skid with a 94-76 win at Mount Aloysius College. Five different Hawks scored in double figures Saturday helping Hilbert improve to 10-11 overall and 6-8 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

Never trailing, the Hawks led by as many as 13 points midway through the first half while shooting 43% before settling for a 40-34 lead at the break. Edwards converted his first six of nine field goal attempts and was off to a quick start with 16 points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes of work.

In the second half, Hilbert would lead by as many as 20 and shot better than 52% to take control of the game. Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) scored all 10 of his points in the second stanza where the Hawks held a 27-9 edge on the boards.

On the afternoon, Hilbert drained 10 of 26 three-point attempts while also dominating the points in the paint, 48-24. The Hawks bench played a contributing role with 26 points coming from reserves. Dan Terrette (Shinglehouse, PA/Oswayo Valley) converted three of four three-pointers and scored a career-high 13 points to lead the Hilbert back-ups.

Edwards finished the afternoon 12 of 20 from the field and five of seven from the foul line. The 6’7 junior grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and collected three blocks to go with three assists. Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and also grabbed 12 rebounds. Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) continued his fine play with 10 points and three assists.

Richard McNutt, the AMCC’s leading scorer, led the Mounties (5-15, 1-13) with 25 points. Mount Aloysius converted 21 of 22 free throws, with the 6’8 McNutt knocking down eight out of nine attempts. Joe Balog came off the bench to score 16 points in a losing effort.

Currently in seventh place, the Hawks will need to finish in the top six to make their third straight appearance in the AMCC post-season tournament. Hilbert will travel to the University of Pitt-Greensburg on Wednesday for an 8:00 pm clash with the third place Bobcats (10-11, 8-6).

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.