HC Cagers Drop Two in NCI Tourney

Release Date:
November 20, 2004
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November 21, 2004


Potsdam, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team lost Friday night to #25 Potsdam State 76-46 in the opening round of the North Country Invitational Tournament.  Hilbert came up short on Saturday in the consolation game dropping a 56-53 decision to Clarkson University.


Friday night, the host Bears got 18 points and nine rebounds from tournament MVP, Eldon Harris en route to the 30 point win over the Hawks.  Hilbert’s Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) led the Hawks with 11 points while teammate Keon Rembert (Brooklyn, NY/Archbishop Walsh) chipped in with nine points in the losing effort.


The Hawks regrouped to take on Clarkson University (102-96 losers to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) less than 16 hours later in Saturday’s consolation game.  The Hawks played a solid defensive game and trailed the Knights 26-23 at the intermission.  With the lead seesawing back and forth, the Hawks trailed by three with seven seconds remaining.  Rembert’s three-pointer from the corner was off the mark and the Knights escaped with the hard earned 59-56 win.


Gioia finished with 16 points while all-tournament team selection Rembert finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and a pair of steals. 


The Hawks (0-2) travel to Alfred University Tuesday, November 23rd for a 7:00 PM contest. 

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.