Men’s Basketball Team Loses Nail-Biter at Clarkson

Release Date:
December 6, 2003
The Office of Sports Information
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POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team lost to Clarkson University 51-50 on Saturday afternoon in NCAA Division III action. The loss drops the Hawks record to 1-4 on the season.

The Hawks overcame an 11-point deficit with just under 4 minutes to go to keep things interesting. “We were given some opportunities to win this game, but couldn’t cash in when we needed to the most,” said head coach Rob deGrandpre after the game. “We played very hard tonight, but some of our new people need to understand the importance of playing hard for a full 40 minutes.”

Sam Gioia (West Seneca West/West Seneca, NY) scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and had three steals to lead Hilbert in the losing effort. Mike Zmuda (Gowanda Central/Gowanda, NY) added 11 points and five rebounds.

The Hawks will travel to Oswego State on Tuesday night for an 8 p.m. game against the Lakers.

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.