Hoak Leads the Hawks to Victory

Hodge Has Career Day
Release Date:
February 17, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Bradford, PA – In a must-win situation to have any hope of hosting a first-round game in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play-offs, the Hilbert men’s basketball team outlasted Pitt-Bradford February 16 (79-77) to capture their seventh conference win, forcing a three-way tie for the fourth place. Freshman CJ Hodge (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili)  led the Hawks in his career high 22 point, four steals, and two assist performance but it was Chris Hoak (Hamburg, NY/St. Francis) who headed the second-half comeback charge. The Hawks improve to 7-10, 10-14 overall while Bradford drops to 7-10 and 9-15.

After a back and forth scoring affair, Bradford took a five point lead into half time. The Lions extended their advantage to fifteen points before Hoak zeroed in on the net. Beginning at the 12:34 mark, the junior scored eight unanswered points (two three-point goals and a layup) before the home team knew what hit them. Chris Parrott (Warsaw, NY/Warsaw), Hodge and Barry Mason (Sinclairville, NY/Cassadaga Valley) each scored a bucket or foul shot before Parrott hit a long ball to tie the game for the first time in the second half (7:28). Hilbert built a four-point lead off another Hoak ‘three’ and a Roman Brown (Buffalo, NY/South Park) foul shot. Bradford answered back with a Tyler Ferguson traditional three-point play and a layup by Alex VanDeusen to grab the lead once more. Hoak responded with a layup before Hodge hit back to back free throws. Orchard Park’s Joe Coppola scored for Bradford knotting the game for the last time with 1:13 left. Hodge picked his third steal in the Hilbert comeback and scored what turned into the game winning layup with twenty-nine seconds left. Parrott grabbed a defensive rebound off an errant Bradford shot and went to the foul line to seal the win with seven seconds remaining but his first shot was no good and VanDeusen grabbed the defensive rebound. Ferguson missed a three pointer as time expired giving the Hawks their second road conference win of the season. 

Hoak finished the day with 18 points (seven for 14 shooting) while Parrott (team high eight rebounds) and Brown each chipped in 14.

Hilbert looks to finish their season schedule on the road at Penn State Altoona February 19 with a 5pm tip off. The Hawks beat the Lions in the early January meeting. At the conclusion of Saturday’s game, go to the AMCC website (link) for up to the minute game results and play off standing updates. The top six teams continue into AMCC play-offs which begin February 22; seeds one and two have byes in round one, while seeds three (vs. six) and four (vs. five) host the first round games. The winners advance to the semi-finals/final games February 25 and 26 which will be hosted by the top seeded team.



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.