Hawks Fall to PS Behrend, 69-54

Release Date:
February 8, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

February 8, 2005


ERIE, Penn. – Despite a furious rally that saw the Hilbert College men’s basketball team cut a once 23 point lead down to five, it wasn’t enough as the Hawks dropped a road conference game to Penn State Behrend, 69-54, on Tuesday night.  The loss drops Hilbert College to 8-13 overall, and 6-8 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.  Penn State Behrend improves to 15-6 overall, and a conference-best 12-3 AMCC record.


Penn State Behrend took control early, and connected on five three-pointers in the first ten minutes of the game, taking a quick 27-4 lead.  The Hawks would not quit, however, and went on a 14-4 run to end the half trailing 31-18.


In the second stanza, Hilbert came out swinging, and a Sam Gioia (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) three-pointer from the right wing cut the lead to five with 11:43 left in the game.  The Behrend Lions responded with a 10-0 run, and behind 6’7” Kevin Buczynski’s strong inside play, took control of the game. 


Gioia finished with a game-high 17 points to lead Hilbert.  Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) came off the bench and contributed 12 points on four three-pointers.  Buczynski led the Behrend Lions with 16 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting.


Hilbert continues its conference schedule with a road game against the University of Pitt-Greensburg on Friday, February 11.  The game 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.