Hilbert Beats Altoona on Senior Day

Release Date:
February 18, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team wrapped up their regular season schedule on Senior Day racing to a  83-57 victory over Penn State Altoona behind senior Chris Hoak’s game-high 16 points.

Hoak was six for nine from the floor (four of five from downtown) and grabbed five rebounds. Three other Hawks added double-digit scoring with Dan McFarland earning 14 points (shooting 70 percent from the floor), freshman Trevor Start contributing 11 points, and Chris Parrott chipping in 10 points. CJ Hodge earned game-high honors with five assists (five points).  Senior Cody Troutman scored 7 points and had one steal and fellow senior Mike Maritato scored two points (one steal and one assist) while recovering from an ankle injury which has limited his time on the floor.

Durant Harvin produced a team-high 12 points for the Lions. 

Hilbert led by two points early in the game before Altoona tied it up at 17:58. The Hawks went on a 30-8 run over the next ten minutes to take a commanding 42-24 half time lead. The Hawks' defensive pressure forced 20.7 percent field goal shooting and six first half turnovers. Hilbert ripped the nets with fifty percent shooting from the floor.

Hilbert (11-7, 14-11) stretched their half time lead to 29 points, 64-35 by 10:03, and coasted from there. All fifteen Hawks put their mark in the stat sheet whether it was in the scoring column (12 players) or doing the little things that are so important. Hilbert out-rebounded the Lions 46-34 (McFarland and Barry Mason each grabbed game high honors with 8 caroms) and distributed 17 assists to earn their record setting 11th  AMCC victory.

Now the new season begins for the Hawks. As the fourth seed in the league's play-offs, Hilbert has earned the right to host a first-round game Tuesday, February 21 against cross-town rival D’Youville College. The Hawks split with the Spartans (10-8, 10-15) earlier this season, with a come-from-behind win (86-84) on the road and a home loss (98-85) ten days ago.  The winner of the 4/5 game continues to the championship weekend which will be hosted by Medaille College (#1 seed) on February 24 and 25.  The AMCC champion earns the automatic qualifier to the Division III NCAA championship tournament.

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.