Hilbert Falls Behind Early In Road Loss To MAC

Release Date:
February 11, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333


CRESSON, PA – Even with four Hawks reaching double figure scoring, the Hilbert College men’s basketball team fell to Mount Aloysius College, 87-76, February 11. With two Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference games remaining, Hilbert, 9-7 (12-11) currently sits  in a three-way tie (with D’Youville and Bradford) for 4th place, fighting for the right to host a first round play-off game February 21. 

Mount Aloysius College (MAC) opened the game on an 8-0 run before the Hawks were able to put points on the board. At 17:26 Chris Parrott’s three-pointer broke the ice for Hilbert, and that five-point spread was as close as the Hawks were going to get the rest of the day. Both teams traded baskets for the next nine minutes before the Mounties Kory Gibson’s trifecta built a ten point lead with just under nine minutes to go. Jordan VanDunk scored six of the Hawks eight points in the final three minutes chipping away at the Mounties 43-27 half time hold. VanDunk and Parrott shared first half scoring honors with eight points for Hilbert.

During the first ten minutes of the second half, Mount Aloysius continued with their strangle-hold on the Hawks, building their largest lead of 22 points (62-40) by 10:31. Soon after, Hilbert went on a 15-5 run, fueled by Dan McFarland’s eight points, but the Hawks couldn’t get any closer than 77-70 with 1:17 left. The Mounties grabbed their seventh AMCC win to place them in 7th place in league standings.

VanDunk finished with 20 points, off seven-for-nine shooting from the floor and a perfect six-for-six at the charity stripe.  McFarland chipped in 16 second-half points (after a scoreless first half) and grabbed game-high honors with nine rebounds. Parrott and Anthony Hodge each reached double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

MAC’s Jeff Stem led the hosts with game-high 21 points. The Mounties shot 51.6 percent from the floor while Hilbert was held to 37.7 percent. The Hawks held a 16-9 advantage on the offensive glass but only had a 14-12 advantage in second-chance points.

As the team enters its last week of regular season play, Hilbert hosts Pitt-Bradford (9-7, 10-12) Wednesday, February 15 and then Penn State Altoona (2-14, 3-20) on senior day Saturday, February 18. 

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.