Hawks hold off Bobcats, 79-75

Release Date:
February 16, 2008
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HAMBURG, NY – Freshman Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) poured in a career high 28 points to help Hilbert College outlast Frostburg State 79-75 Saturday in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) basketball action. The Hawks keep their playoff hopes alive and with the win, improve to 11-12 overall and 7-9 in the AMCC.

Hilbert jumped out to an 8-0 lead and built a 14-point cushion (30-16) after a Marchand three-pointer at 7:22. The visiting Bobcats would respond and trailed just 40-36 with 1:17 remaining in the half. A pair of Marchand free throws, and a Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) layup brought the score to 44-36 Hilbert at the break. The Hawks connected on their first 15 of 28 (54%) shots while converting 10 of 13 first half free throws.

In the second stanza, the Hawks opened with a 20-8 run and held their biggest lead at 14:51 after a pair of Travis Jackson (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) free throws made it 64-44. Frostburg would not go away and used a 20-3 run of their own to knot the score at 67-67 with just over 7:00 to play. The Bobcats took their first lead of the game on a Japp Haynes jumper at 3:33 as the Hawks found themselves trailing 72-73. After trading buckets, the Hawks’ Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) sank two free throws at 00:43 to break the fourth tie of the half, and after a Hilbert stop, Marchand followed with another pair of throws to ice the win.

Marchand turned in a top-notch performance on nine of 11 shooting. The 5’9 rookie splashed five of six three-pointers and converted five of his six free throw attempts. Despite struggling from the field, Reinard finished with 22 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Edwards netted 16 points to go with six boards, four assists, and four blocks.

Hilbert finished the game 26 of 39 from the foul line, while holding Frostburg to nine of 13 shooting, including just three of four in the second half.

Brian Green’s 24 points paced the Bobcats (7-16, 6-10). Jade Belt and Dale DeBerry added 12 markers each in a losing effort.

Hilbert will return to action Wednesday night (8:00 pm) at home against the University of Pitt-Bradford (10-13, 6-10). Reinard will join fellow seniors Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon), Tyler Blanar (Eden, NY/Eden), and Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) in being recognized prior to competing in their last regular season home game.

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.