Hoak's 24 Points Lead Hawks Over Franciscan

Release Date:
February 4, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team got back on the winning track after an 89-32 drubbing of Franciscan University February 4. With the win, Hilbert (8-5, 11-9) remains in a two-way tie with Penn State Behrend for 3rd  place in the AMCC standings. Chris Hoak’s {in photo to right} 24 points led a trio of Hilbert players in double figure scoring, dropping the Barons to a 0-20 record.

After the first twenty minutes of play, the Hawks held a 45-21 advantage due in large part to solid defense, strong rebounding and hot shooting by Chris Hoak who went 3 of 3 from behind the arc and 2 of 2 from the foul line. Dan McFarland also was 6 of 10 from the floor (2 of 2 from long distance). Hilbert held a 20-10 rebounding advantage and forced 11 Baron turn-overs before the break.

The opening minutes of the second half became the Jordan VanDunk show as he scored the Hawks’ first 11 points which built a 33-point lead by 16:31. Over the course of the next six minutes, Hoak took over the scoring load, hitting three 3’s, making two foul shots, blocking one shot and grabbing a steal.   

Hilbert shot 52.8% from for the floor and held Franciscan to just 21.4% field goal shooting. The Hawks doubled up on rebounds (42-22) as well as steals (13-7).

Dan McFarland (21 points, 4 steals) and VanDunk (17 points, game high 9 rebounds) joined Hoak with team high points. CJ Hodge distributed game high 5 assists and was credited with 1 block.

Nolan Albrecht led Franciscan with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Up next for Hilbert is a very important cross-town rival game. They host D’Youville College February 8 (6 pm). In the first meeting, the Hawks came from behind to capture the 86-84 road win in early January.

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.