Gioia Erupts With 39 Points as Hilbert Tops Caz

Release Date:
January 19, 2004
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HAMBURG, N.Y. – Junior guard Sam Gioia (West Seneca West/West Seneca, NY) scored 20 of his 39 points in the first half to help lead the Hilbert College men’s basketball team to a 93-81 win over visiting Cazenovia College on Saturday. The win moves the Hawks (4-11, 1-0) into sole possession of first place in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

The Hawks led 48-32 at the half and led by as many as 20 points early in the second half before several Cazenovia runs kept things interesting.

The 5’9 Gioia was 14 for 23 from the field, including a sizzling 6 for 10 from behind the arc. He led the Hawks on the boards pulling down eight caroms and dishing out a game-high seven assists to go with two steals.

“He was in a zone today,” said second-year Hilbert coach Rob deGrandpre. “He does so many things for us night in and night out. We met a big challenge and I’m very proud of our 40-minute effort.”

Freshman Mike Zmuda (Gowanda/Gowanda, NY) had a career high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds, while fellow freshman Dominc Miller (West Seneca West/Niagara Falls, NY) chipped in with 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists.

The Wildcats (4-10, 0-1) were led by 6’6 All-American candidate Marty Priest’s 33 points.

The Hawks are back at the Hafner Center Thursday for a 7 p.m. game against NEAC foe Medaille 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.