HC Cagers Top DYC, 66-51

Release Date:
January 3, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

BUFFALO, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team started the new year the same way they finished 2005, with a win over local rival D’Youville College. The Hawks recovered from a 26-28 halftime deficit to outscore the host Spartans 40-23 in the second stanza en route to the 66-51 win.

Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) scored a game high 23 points and hauled in eight rebounds, while Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to go along with nine rebounds to lead the Hawks (3-5).

Both teams shot a dismal 38.7% from the floor in the first half before the Hawks warmed up to 48.5% after the intermission. Sophomore guard Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) dished out nine of the Hawks 20 assists on the night and a stiff Hilbert defense forced 17 Spartan turnovers while collecting nine steals.

Kyle Ward led the Spartans (1-8) with 17 points while teammate Tom Kowalski chipped in with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hawks return home to face Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) foe Medaille College on Saturday, January 7th 2:00 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.