Hilbert to Play Utica In Tip Off Championship Game

Release Date:
November 18, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Utica/Clarkson Box                      Hilbert/Keuka Box

HAMBURG, NY – Four Clarkson University players finished in double digit scoring, but Utica College went onto win a 82-79 nail biter in the first round of the Hilbert Tip-Off Tournament. Hilbert controlled the pace in the nightcap game and took a 94-67 win against Keuka. 

In an intense and fiery game from the start, Clarkson held a two point lead at the half. Utica didn’t roll over after intermission as they went onto shoot 48.7% from the floor and hit big shots and free throws at the end of the game to steal the win.

In the early part of the first half, Utica held a 9-point lead at 10:05 because of their athleticism and execution.   But Clarkson’s ball movement and long distance shooting allowed them to claw back in the game and take a 34-32 lead at intermission. In the second half, things looked favorable for Clarkson when they held a 75-66 advantage with 2:19 to go. 

That’s when Utica’s Matt Baldwin took over the game. His scoring spree began with thirty-nine seconds left and he carried the team to victory with 11 points in the short period of time. 

Baldwin led all scorers with 28 points and four assists.  Aaron Nevins finished right behind, tallying 14 points, six rebounds and four assists, and George Schultz contributed 10 points and five boards for the Pioneers.

Clarkson’s Jerry Coleman had a banner night, recording 27 points and seven rebounds.  Felix Llanos contributed 19 points and nine boards, while Marques Charlton added 15 points and eight rebounds.  John Coleman logged a double-double, earning 11 points and 12 rebounds.

After winning the tip and scoring the game’s first two points, the Hilbert College men’s basketball team went on a roll to take a commanding 94-67 victory over Keuka College in the second game of the Tip Off Tournament double header. Twelve Hawks hit the score book with Chris Parrot {in photo to left}  leading the assault hitting 8 of 10 from the floor (3 of 4 behind the arc) scoring 21 points in the win. Keuka’s Coty Paige matched Parrott’s 21 points in his team’s second defeat this season.

Hilbert (1-1) opened the first half shooting 60% from the floor getting solid minutes from thirteen players. With a 53-26 half time lead, Hilbert lost a little of its luster the second 20 minutes slumping to a 35% field goal percentage but still played as a unit. By the time the final horn sounded Hilbert’s bench outscored Keuka’ 46-19 and the home team shot 55% from long distance securing a much needed win.

Coming off the bench in the first half and leading a big charge at the 9:55 minute mark, Cody Troutman had a hand in Hilbert’s 21-10 run which extended their lead to 25 points in the five minute span he was on the floor. Troutman finished with 8 points and 6 assists. Hitting for double digits were sharp shooters Chris Hoak (11 points) and CJ Hodge (10 points). 

The second round of the Hilbert Tip-Off Tournament pits Clarkson against Keuka in the consolation game at 2pm, and Hilbert hosting Utica in the championship game at 4pm on November 19 at the Hafner Recreation Center.

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.