Hawks Buzz Sting

Release Date:
November 15, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball team played an exhibition contest against Seneca College of Canada, on Saturday afternoon November 15. The Hawks defeated the Sting 83-65 before 227, at the Hafner Recreation Center.

The Hawks never trailed in the contest. The Hawks opened the game on a 20-5 run over the game’s first 11:22. The Sting would respond however with a 14-5 run of their own to cut the Hawk lead to 25-19 with 7:12 remaining in the half. The Hawks regained their balance, and went to the locker room with a 38-29 advantage. Juniors Joe Roberts (Adams, NY/South Jefferson High School) and Chad Linder (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) led Hilbert with 7 points each in the opening half. The Hawks connected on 51% of their field goals in the first half.

In the second half, the Hawks used a 13-5 run over the first 6:15 of the half to put the sting on their heels.

Roberts led the Hawks with 16 points on 6-9 from the floor. Roberts also hit 4-7 from behind the arch. Linder posted 14 points for the Hawks off the bench, while Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) and Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) chipped in with 13 and 12 points respectively.

The Hawks shot 51.5% on the afternoon, while holding Seneca to 46.4% from the floor. The Hawks out rebounded the Sting 36-31. The Hawks forced 22 turnovers which led to 29 points for Rob deGrandpre’s club.

“I thought we showed a lot of balance tonight,” said deGrandpre. “We still have some things to work on, but I thought the effort was there and we showed that we were ready to play.”

The Hawks open their regular season Tuesday, November 18 at 7p.m, when the Hawks host Wells College.

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.