HC outshoots UPB, 83-62

Release Date:
February 20, 2008
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HAMBURG, NY – Hilbert College shot 50% from the floor and outscored the University of Pitt-Bradford 46-31 in the second half en route to a much needed 83-62 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) win at the Hafner Recreation Center. The Hawks (12-12, 8-9) remain in a tie for the sixth and final play-off spot in next week’s post season tournament, but will have to beat cross town rival Medaille College on Saturday to get there.

Hilbert led much of the first half until a layup by Pitt-Bradford’s Andy Buyea at 3:25 gave the visitor’s a brief 27-26 lead. The Hawks would use eight points from senior Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) to go on an 11-3 run to end the half and take a 37-31 lead into the locker room.

Both teams took turns trading baskets in the second half until a pair of Hilbert runs blew the game wide open. The Hawks would build there biggest lead at 2:36 after a Reinard three-pointer made it 83-58. Hilbert finished the half 19 of 35 (54.3%) from the field while holding the Panthers to 11 of 26 (42.3) shooting.

Reinard led all scorers with 31 points and nine rebounds. The 6’4 guard tallied four three pointers giving him 239 for his career and moving him into a tie with former Hawk and all-time leader, Glen Ufland (’07). Freshman Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) continued his strong play with 24 points while junior Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) came off the bench to register 14 points and 12 boards.

The Panthers (10-14, 6-11) were paced by Jess Whelan’s 18 points. Pitt-Bradford shot 13 of 15 from the foul line, but got outrebounded 38-28.

Saturday’s game at Medaille (13-11, 8-9) is scheduled for a 3:00 pm tip-off at the Sullivan 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.