Hawks Winning Ways Continue On Road

Release Date:
January 24, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

January 22, 2005


ALTOONA, PA – Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) scored 28 points, and hit a season-high seven three-pointers, as the Hilbert College Hawks extended their winning streak to three, defeating the Penn State-Altoona Lions 78-70 on Saturday afternoon.  The previous day, the Hawks defeated Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA, 114-94.  The victories move Hilbert to 4-4 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, and 6-9 overall.


On Friday night in Cresson, PA, the Hawks had five players reach double-figures in scoring, led by a career high 32 points by senior Sean Kenney (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda).  Gioia added 20 points and 6 assists, and Dominic Miller (Niagara Falls, NY/West Seneca West) added a season-high 17 points and 5 assists, as the Hawks dished out a season-best 30 assists. 


The Hawks led by one going into the locker room at halftime, 51-50.  Hilbert came out on fire in the second half, shooting 59%, including 56% from three-point range, and outscored the Mounties 63-44 in the second half.  5’9” freshman point guard Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) had career-highs in rebounds (10) and assists (9) to help secure the victory for the Hawks.  Justin Ohler led the Mounties with 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting.


On Saturday afternoon, the Hawks got off to a sluggish start against Penn State-Altoona and trailed by six going into the half.  Hilbert shot just 29% from the field in the first half, and were outrebounded 25-17. 


In the second half, Hilbert turned it around, taking only their second lead of the game, 49-47, on a Kenney jumper with 9:59 remaining.  The Hawks extended their lead to 11 on a Gioia three-pointer at the 7:02 mark, and held on for the victory.


Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) had 10 points off the bench for the Hawks, Kenney added 18 points, and Reyes added a career-high 11 points in the victory.  Tyler Franklin led the Lions with 18 points.


Hilbert College looks to extend their winning streak to four on Tuesday, January 25 in a home game against Penn State-Behrend.  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.