Men's Basketball Gets Back On Track

Release Date:
January 28, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333


GREENSBURG, PA – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team got back on its winning ways with a 98-76 road victory over Pitt-Greensburg January 28. The AMCC game turned into a scoring battle between Hilbert’s Dan McFarland and Greensburg’s David Palmer. Hilbert ultimately had more players put points on the scoreboard with their depth playing a role in the team’s eighth league win.
Greensburg rushed to a 14-4 lead six minutes in after the Hawks’ Jordan VanDunk canned the games’ first points. Palmer led the Bobcat charge scoring seven points in that early one-sided run before the Hawks woke up and began to play basketball. By 7:32, Hilbert’s McFarland (8 points), Anthony Hodge (7 points) and Barry Mason (5 points) put the team on their backs and carried them to a one-point lead, 24-23. After trading baskets for rest of the half, Hilbert took at 38-35 lead to the break. Palmer had already pulled down 15 rebounds (14 points) leading Greensburg’s 29-12 advantage in rebounds after twenty minutes.  McFarland held game high honors with 15 points off seven for eleven shooting from the floor.
Greensburg’s Brock Witkowski’s three-pointer knotted the score for the sixth time 12-seconds into the second half. After that, the Hawks took over the game building a double digit lead by 11:49 then continued on a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach. Trevor Stark’s jumper with 1:24 remaining gave the visitor’s their largest lead (29 points) before they settled for the lopsided win.  Ten different Hawks contributed in the team’s 60-point second half outing with McFarland going seven for eight earning 16 second-half points.
McFarland led with 31 points (4 assists), VanDunk finished with 15 points and was one-shy of his first double double after grabbing nine rebounds. Anthony Hodge finished with game high three steals and 14 points. 
Palmer earned 32 points (22 rebounds), Brock Witkowski finished with 15 points and Brian Heinle scored 11 points for Greensburg.
Hilbert (8-4, 11-8 overall) travels to north Buffalo to face Medaille College February 1 (6pm). The Mavericks (12-1, 18-2) hold on to the top slot in AMCC standings with Hilbert sitting in a two-way tie for third place with D’Youville College.

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.