Panthers Pounce On Hawks

Release Date:
February 19, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball team fell to the University of Pittsburg at Bradford by a score of 77-50 on Wednesday evening (February 18, 2009). With the loss the Hawks fall to 4-20 overall and 3-14 in AMCC contests.

Senior John Koniniec (Depew, NY/Depew) opened the scoring for Hilbert. The Hawks led 9-8 on a layup by senior Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) at the 16:58 mark of the first half. That would be the last lead of the evening for the Hawks.

The Panthers would out score the Hawks 23-12 over the remainder of the first half, to take a 31-21 lead into the locker room. The Hawks shot 36.4% in the first half and committed 11 turnovers. The Panthers outrebounded the Hawks 17-14 in the opening stanza.

In the second half, the Panthers started out with a 20-7 run over the first 8:08 to seize control of the contest. The Hawks would trail by as many as 36 before falling by 27, in their final road contest of the season.

Bradford dominated the lane against the Hawks, outscoring Hilbert 40-12 in the paint.

Junior Chad Lindner (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) led the Hawks with 10 points. Edwards chipped in with nine points. Aaron Burbidge (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) and Dave Shuey ((Burt, NY/Newfane) each added eight for Hilbert.

The Hawks conclude their season Saturday, February 21 at 3 pm against rival Medaille College, at the Hafner Recreation 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.