Hawks Fall In AMCC Semifinals
- Release Date:
- February 25, 2011
- The Office of Sports Information
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Pittsburgh, PA – The La Roche College men’s basketball team made a fierce comeback from a thirteen-point first half deficit to Hilbert College in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference semi-final game to tie the score (40-40) by intermission. The top-seeded team in the tournament found that the home-court advantage played in their favor as the RedHawks slowly pulled away from Hilbert in the second half and ran away with a 86-69 victory. Dan McFarland (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) had another offensive-explosion scoring a game-high 30 points in the team’s third loss to La Roche this season. The Hawks finished the season at 12-15 overall while La Roche continues on into the AMCC championship game February 26 against Penn State Behrend, who outlasted Medaille College (58-51) in the other semi-final game.
Hilbert jumped out to a 32-19 lead by 8:17 in the first half. Five players were in the scoring column during that eleven minute stretch of play, but it was McFarland’s 16 points which stood out. Nate Wojciechowski made three three-pointers as La Roche responded with a 11-2 run of their own closing the gap to four points (5:39). Three minutes later, Laron Mann forced the third tie in the game when he hit a three-point shot with 2:25 left in the first period. McFarland hit two foul shots (22 first-half points) giving the Hawks a two-point lead again, but with just over one minute left, Mann scored a layup knotting the 40-40 score.
Wojciechowski and Mann hit back to back threes to open the second half yet Hilbert did not quit. Both teams traded two point hoops, until McFarland and Chris Parrott (Warsaw, NY/Warsaw) hit back to back three’s for Hilbert, cutting the lead to just one point. At 16:12, La Roche went on another 8-0 run taking their largest lead of the game and never surrendered it from that point forward.
Hilbert shot forty-four percent from the floor for the game, while La Roche was a consistent fifteen for twenty-eight both halves (53.6%). Hilbert gave up 11 offensive rebounds and their eight second-half turnovers impacted the Hawk’s offensive flow. La Roche found their stride in the second half and finished the game with four players hitting for double digit scoring. Wojciechowski scored 22 points (5-8 behind the arc) and Mann was six for nine from the floor (four for seven from deep) to finish with 18 points. David Jackson (14 points) pulled down 16 rebounds (6 offensive) and Joe McIntosh chipped in ten points.
Besides McFarland’s 30 points, the Hawks got contribution from Parrott (12 points) and freshman CJ Hodge (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) who finished with nine points, and five assists.
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.