Gators Drop Hawks 58-54

Release Date:
November 29, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball team fell in the opening-round of the National City Men’s Basketball Tournament hosted by Allegheny College on Saturday evening, November 29. The Gators defeated the Hawks 58-54.

In the first half, Hilbert scored first on a layup by junior Joe Roberts (Adams, NY/South Jefferson). The teams would battle evenly for the first 9:30 as Allegheny had only a three point advantage at that point. However, the Gators would use a 19-4 run over the remainder of the half to build a 35-18 lead at the break.

To start the second half, the Hawks would again show their resiliency. Hilbert ran off a 17-0 run over the first 6:45 of the second half to pull within three points at 35-32. The Hawks would eventually take the lead 47-46 with 5:00 remaining in the game on a layup by senior Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East).

The lead would not last for deGrandpre’s club however, as Allegheny regained their momentum and outlasted the Hawks for the victory. The Hawks turned the ball over just 14 times but managed only 38.3% shooting on the evening.

Sophomore Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) led Hilbert in scoring for the second straight game, with 21 points on the evening. Edwards chipped in with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Junior Kyle Stark (Plattsburgh, NY/Seton Catholic) added 7 points and 7 rebounds for Hilbert.

The Hawks return to action in the consolation game of the National City Tournament to face Baldwin-Wallace 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.