HC Cagers Complete Season
- Release Date:
- February 19, 2005
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February 19, 2005
On Friday night against Penn State Altoona, the Hawks led for most of the first half and owned a 44-38 advantage at the break thanks to shooting 57% from the field. In the second half, the visiting Lions regrouped and outscored the Hawks 50-34 while shooting a sizzling 62% from the field.
The Lions build a nine-point lead on a basket by Tyler Franklin with 9:26 remaining but the Hawks wouldn’t go away. Hilbert’s Sam Gioia (
Saturday afternoon at the Hafner Center was “Senior Day” as the Hawks three seniors, Gioia, Will Wereley (Syracuse, NY/Henninger), and Sean Kenney (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) played their last collegiate game against AMCC foe Mount Aloysius College.
Not willing to sulk over the previous night’s outcome, the Hawks got out of the gate quickly against the visiting Mounties high scoring offense and quickly build a 13 point lead before heading into the locker room with a 54-47 advantage.
A three-pointer by Kenney with 7:48 remaining in the game gave the Hawks an 82-70 advantage. The Mounties kept things interesting when Roman Mims connected on a deep three-pointer of his own to cut the Hawks lead to 88-81 with 4:26 to play. Hilbert connected on 15 of 18 free throws down the stretch while extending their lead to as many as 17 before he final horn sounded.
Gioia led six-different Hawks in double figures with 24 points, including 14 of 14 from the foul line. Kenney finished with 19, including four three pointers while Miller finished with 17 and a team high 10 rebounds. Wereley chipped in with 11 points and five boards while Mims led Penn State Altoona with 34 points.
The top six out of ten teams advance to the AMCC conference tournament with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tourney in March. The Hawks placed seventh in their first complete season in the newly configured conference.
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. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs, one a master’s in criminal justice administration and the other a master’s in public administration, and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.