Lions Outmuscle Hawks

Release Date:
January 23, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball team was defeated by Penn State Altoona 86-72 on Saturday afternoon (January 24, 2009). With the setback, the Hawks fall to 2-15 overall and 1-9 in AMCC play.

The Hawks, having lost to Penn State Altoona by 30 points earlier in the season, were itching to exact some revenge, and it showed in the first half.

Senior Dan Terrette (Shinglehouse, PA/Oswayo Valley) got Hilbert on the scoreboard first with a 3-point shot. The opportunity was created on an offensive rebound by junior Kyle Stark (Plattsburgh, NY/Seton Catholic) who corralled an offensive rebound and then found Terrette for the trey.

The teams would battle within one or two points of each other for most of the half. Hilbert held an 18-15 lead at the 11:51 mark of the first half, when Altoona tied it with a 3-point shot. There were six ties in the first half.

Altoona pulled ahead by six points with 1:15 remaining in the half, but Stark hit a 3-point shot to cut the lead in half. The Lions led 42-39 at the break.

The Hawks shot 57.1% in the first half and outrebounded the Lions 17-7, but the Hawks were slowed by 13 first half turnovers.

In the second stanza, the Lions proved to be too tough for the Hawks. Hilbert was unable to take a lead in the half and fell behind by as many as 19 points.

Hilbert shot 45.5% from the floor in the half but were out rebounded 17-10. Altoona scored 22 fast break points against the Hawks and registered 22 points off of Hilbert’s 20 turnovers. Altoona also dominated the points in the paint 48-26.

Terrette led the Hawks with 16 points. Sophomore Aaron Burbidge (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) chipped in with 14 points and six assists off the bench.

The Hawks will host La Roche College on January 28, at 8 pm.

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.