Second Half Rally Comes Up Short For Hawks

Medaille men remain perfect
Release Date:
December 9, 2009
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BUFFALO, NY - Shooting percentage and shot selection contributed to Medaille College’s 87-65 conference victory over visiting Hilbert College. On December 9th, the Mavericks (9-0, 5-0 AMCC) shot 49% from the floor the first half enroute to a 42-23 lead at intermission. A second half run by the Hawks wasn’t enough to make up the difference securing Medaille’s perfect season to date.

Hilbert (1-8, 0-4 AMCC) started the game fast building their largest lead of the game (9-4 at 16:18) off freshman Chris Parrott’s 7 points. Medaille then went on a 27-8 run in the game’s next eleven minutes to take a commanding 42-23 lead to the locker room. The second stanza saw Medaille empting the bench giving the 12 reserve players plenty of opportunities to prove their worth. Medaille built their lead to as many as 30 but a 3 pointer by Adam Mutala started the Hilbert comeback. The Hawks continued to fight and got as close as 13 points off a lay up by Andy Breen (73-60) with 3:29 left to go.   At that point, Hilbert began to foul sending Medaille to the charity stripe 4 straight times watching their deficit balloon again off the Mavericks 8-8 shooting. Medaille controlled the boards (52-32) and outshot the Hawks (48% - 34%) scoring 48 points in the paint.  Hilbert held a 5-1 advantage in blocks, and played even with steals (8-9) and turnovers (15-15). It seemed like the Mavericks were scoring all points in the paint where as the Hawks looked for the long ball more often.
Freshman Adam Matula (Campbell, NY/Campbell-Savona) led the Hawks in steals (3) and contributed 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists from the point guard position. Warsaw native, freshman Chris Parrott led Hilbert with team-high 13 points and 7 rebounds. Dan McFarland, a freshman guard from St. Mary’s of Lancaster, led the Hawks with 2 blocks, 3 offensive rebounds and shot 3-6 (1-1 from 3-point land) for 7 points in 26 minutes of play.
Hilbert now prepares for their trip down to central PA when they play Penn State Altoona (8-2, 3-2 AMCC) on December 12. After that game, the Hawks will be off until their next game scheduled for January 6th, 2010 at first-year AMCC member D’Youville College. The Franciscan University of Steubenville game originally scheduled for January 2 has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 31 at Hilbert 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.