Penn State Behrend Beats Hawks in Home Finale

Release Date:
February 19, 2004
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HAMBURG, N.Y. – Tom Lulich scored 17 points to lead #19-ranked Penn State Behrend to a 63-46 win over the Hilbert College Hawks Wednesday night in NCAA Division III men’s basketball action.

“They’re the most talented team we’ve seen this year,” said Hilbert head coach Rob deGrandpre. “I expect them to do very well in postseason play.”

Sam Gioia (W. Seneca West/West Seneca, NY) scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Hawks in a losing effort.

“Our team competed tonight and saw first-hand what kind of performance is needed to take our program to another level,” said deGrandpre.

James Curren chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Lions, while Jared Clough added 10 points.

Hilbert will travel to face Medaille College Saturday afternoon in a critical North Eastern Athletic Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m..

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.