Hodge Heads the Hawks To Conference Win

Release Date:
December 10, 2011
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HAMBURG, NY – Another overtime game for the Hawks, but this time, they responded. CJ Hodge’s 42 minutes of energy and smart play led Hilbert College to an 87-78 victory over Pitt-Greensburg in men’s basketball December 10. The Hawks grab their first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference win against the 1-3 (3-5 overall) Bobcats behind Hodge’s 23 point, 5 rebound and 5 assist performance. Sophomore Jordan VanDunk provided sold inside play scoring 19 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Greensburg’s Tiere Phillips tied for game high honors with his 23 points and had support from David Palmer’s 20 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks.

Greensburg’s Palmer opened the game with back to back lay ups before Hilbert took  their first lead at 17:56. The Hawks controlled the middle segment of the game by pounding the ball inside to their big men and challenging Palmer defensively. Chris Parrott’s three point shot gave Hilbert their biggest lead of 10 points at 6:45 and they were able to hold on for a 35-32 half time advantage. The home team took care of the ball much better by intermission, mishandling only five turnovers (Greensburg gave away 14) and the Hawks had balanced scoring with four players all hitting at least six points.

The second period was entertaining as neither team was able to build more than a five point spread. The game’s fourth tie came off a Phillips three pointer with 3:19 left to play and he followed that with a layup in traffic. The game was knotted at 70-70 after a Parrott’s traditional three point play with 0:19 remaining. After a Hilbert timeout, the Hawks put Anthony Papini to the line after a quick foul. His second attempt was short dropping into Hodge’s hands. The sophomore point guard took the ball coast to coast and earned a trip to the foul line. His second attempt tied the game to send it to overtime.

After the second jump ball of the game, Hilbert controlled overtime from start to finish. Cody Troutman stole the ball at midcourt and took it to the hole for two. Five Hawks were involved in overtime scoring led by Hodge and Dan McFarland’s five points. VanDunk’s two handed layup with three seconds left finished the scoring for the day.

Hodge shot 7 for 10 from the floor, 2 for 2 from long distance, and 7 for 10 from the foul line proving to be his best shooting performance this season. The Hawks doubled up the offensive boards holding a 14-7 advantage and had half the turnovers that the Bobcats did (13-26).

Hilbert (3-6, 1-2) hosts Marywood University December 17 in their last game of the semester before the holiday break.

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.