Men's Basketball Drops A Heartbreaker at Nazareth

Release Date:
November 16, 2011
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ROCHESTER, NY – Senior Jason Corletta connected on a game-winning three-point attempt as time expired to lift Nazareth College to a 77-76 non-conference men’s basketball victory over Hilbert College November 15. The visiting Hawks were led by junior Dan McFarland’s 25 points as the Hawks drop to 0-1 in the young season. The Golden Flyers were 34 for 42 from the charity stripe outscoring Hilbert by 13 points at the foul line en route to their first victory of the season.

McFarland’s opening jumper gave the Hawks the lead which they held for the game’s first 12 minutes. Ten players found the center of the rim to help Hilbert built its largest lead of the game (15-7) at 13:52. But Nazareth was able to capitalize on Hilbert’s twenty first-half fouls (going 18 for 23 from the line) to get themselves back in the game and take a 39-34 lead into the half. 

McFarland and Nazareth’s Phil Scaffidi netted 11 points each to lead their teams at intermission.

Nazareth maintained control of the game at the start of the second half and built a ten point advantage with Scott Hayford’s three-pointer at 15:54. Immediately after, Cody Troutman scored five points in a span of 15 seconds to close the gap. Hilbert’s defense held Nazareth in-check while McFarland went on his own personal six point run to bring the Hawks within one. Isaac Bushey knotted the game at 51 before the blue and white built a 4 point cushion off CJ Hodge’s two made free throws with 18 seconds left in the contest.

A quick Hilbert foul sent Nazareth to the line where they made both ends of a one and one, setting the stage for the comeback.  After Hilbert came up empty, going 0-4 from the foul line during the last 10 seconds of the game, a Scaffidi rebound-outlet to Corletta created the final desperation shot to cap the win.

Troutman {in photo to right} was the only other Hawk to hit for double digits earning 10 points and Hodge earned a game-high four assists in the loss. Nazareth had four players hit double digits with Scaffidi leading the way with 19 points (11-12 from the charity stripe) followed closely by Corletta’s 18 points.   Dan Waldbillig was the only player to earn a double-double with 12 points/10 rebounds.

Hilbert shot an impressive 49% from the floor but a dismal 66% from the charity stripe. In contrast, Nazareth earned their victory at the line shooting 81% while struggling from the field (35%). Hilbert forced 21 turnovers, earned 10 assists as a team but committed 38 fouls dropping the game on the road.

Hilbert hosts its second annual Tip Off Tournament November 18 and 19. The 6pm game pits Clarkson University against Utica College and follows with Hilbert hosting Keuka College at 8pm. The consolation and championship games are set for 2pm/4pm November 19.


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.