Yeomen Clip Hawks

Release Date:
November 23, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333


OBERLIN, OH - Oberlin College grabbed a 56-47 non-conference victory over the visiting Hilbert Hawks (1-3) in men’s basketball November 22. The Yeomen’s second half execution pressured Hilbert into missed shots and fouls as they improve to 2-2 before the holiday break. Josh Merritt and Andrew Fox tied for game high honors, each scoring 17 points for Oberlin. Fox finished the with the game’s only double-double after he cleared the boards with 14 rebounds. Hilbert’s Chris Parrott scored 13 points, one better than teammate Dan McFarland, and they both grabbed six rebounds. 
Jordan VanDunk’s layup gave the Hawks their first lead in the game (22-21) at 8:05 in the first half. His bucket was followed by McFarland and Parrott’s layup scores which built the advantage to four, but a combination of missed cues by Hilbert and made threes by Oberlin started the backwards slide for the visiting Hawks. Oberlin took a 36-28 lead into intermission after shooting fifty percent from behind the arc, earning 18 points from long distance compared to Hilbert’s six points.
With 9:50 left to go in the second half, the Yeomen stretched the lead to 14 points (56-42). The sharp-shooting hosts only attempted 19 shots in the 20-minute half, but they made ten shots (four counting as three pointers). Hilbert’s Chris Hoak turned the heat up shooting 3 for 5 (2-2 behind the arc in the last three minutes) but Merritt went six for eight at the foul line in the final minute to capture the win.
Up next for Hilbert is a home contest against Alfred University November 26 with a 2pm tip. Alfred enters the contest with a 2-1 overall record.

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.