Second Half Surge Stops Hawks

Release Date:
November 28, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
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Darren Cleveland scores a lay-up off pass from Chris Parrott during a Hilbert run in the second half.


HAMBURG, NY – Alfred University traveled to Hilbert College on November 28 and won a close game against the men’s basketball team in a match that saw 6 lead changes and a tie score 4 other times. With just about every statistical category matching Alfred’s stats, the Hawks just couldn’t put the victory in the record book. With the 65-59 win, Alfred improves to 4-2 overall and Hilbert drops to 1-4.

With their biggest margin of 7 points with 5 minutes left in the first half, the Hawks looked in good shape. Hilbert took at 25-24 lead into the locker rooms off of 33% field goal percentage and a 21 – 19 rebounding advantage. During the second 20 minutes, Alfred’s 42% field goal percentage contributed to the final margin; one or two additional made shots, additional rebounds, and as well as assists contributed to the second half surge by the Saxons. 
Freshman Chris Parrott (Warsaw, NY/Warsaw) lead the Hawks in scoring with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Darren Cleveland (Lackawanna, NY/Lackawanna) had another strong game for a first year player chipping in 10 points, grabbing the team-leading 9 rebounds and a game-high 3 blocks. Freshman Roman Brown (Buffalo, NY/South Park) followed closely behind with 8 points and 9 rebounds as well.
Alfred got balanced scoring out of the 4 Saxons who played 30 or more minutes today. Gary Kwiecien was solid at the foul line down the stretch as he went 4-5 and finished with the team high 15 points. Center Bryan Babo shot 6-9 from the floor and pulled down 9 boards to finish with 14 points.
The Hawks turn right around and travel to Wells College on Monday, November 30 for their last non-conference game of the 2009-10 schedule.  Wells comes into the game with a 3-2 overall record.  The only common opponent is Alfred whom the Express beat by a score of 77-55. 
Hilbert’s next task will then be Pitt Bradford on December 2nd for the Hawks second Allegheny Mountain College Conference game. Game time is set for 8 pm in the Hafner Recreation Center in Hamburg.

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.