Gioia Scores 1,000th Point; HC Defeats UPB, 77-66

Release Date:
January 18, 2005
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January 18, 2005


HAMBURG, N.Y. – Senior Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) became Hilbert College’s seventh 1,000-point scorer with 18 points in the Hawks’ 77-66 victory over Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) foe, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford at the Hafner Recreational Center on Tuesday.  The victory improves Hilbert’s record to 4-9, and 2-4 in the AMCC.   Pitt.-Bradford drops to 6-6 overall, and 3-3 in AMCC play.


Sean Kenney (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) also had a milestone game, as the senior finished with a career-high 25 points on eight of 12 shooting, and a game-high 10 rebounds.


“I’m really proud of our seniors for stepping up and being productive when we need them the most,” Hawks head coach Rob deGrandpre said.  “While Sam’s (Gioia) accomplishment is certainly a landmark, we received contributions from 10 different players tonight, and that was the key to the victory.”


After Hilbert opened the game with the first basket, Pitt-Bradford scored 12 of the next 14 points, including six from sophomore Ryan Race, to take a 12-4 advantage with 14:24 left in the first half.  Hilbert responded with a 13-4 run, and took the lead 17-16 on a Dominic Miller lay-in at the 10:15 mark.  Hilbert continued their solid play, and took their largest lead of the half, 29-21, after back-to-back jumpers by Kenney.


After taking a 33-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime, the Hawks came out strong.  Freshman Dallas Reinard’s (Smethport, PA/Smethport) consecutive three-pointers to begin the second half pushed Hilbert’s lead to 11.  The Hawks never trailed after that, and shot a season-best 53% from the field to seal the victory.


Reinard finished the game three-of-four from behind the arc and ended up with 13 points.  Hilbert Freshman Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) played a solid floor game, recording four assists without turning it over, and also finished with a team-best three steals.  Race led the Panthers with 22 points and eight rebounds.


The Hawks men’s basketball team next travels to Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA for a key AMCC contest on Friday, January 21.  Game time is scheduled for 8:00 PM.   

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.