Road Takes its Toll on Hawks Hoop Team

Release Date:
January 14, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

GREENSBURG, PA – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team suffered back-to-back losses over the weekend and failed to gain ground in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings.

At Frostburg State on Friday, the Hawks surrendered a 45-34 first half lead and shot a dismal one of 13 from the foul line in losing to the host Bobcats 71-76. Clicking on all cylinders, the Hawks led comfortably throughout the first half shooting 56% from the field while going seven of 10 from behind the arc.

A Keith Hazel three-pointer with 11:42 to play gave the host team their first lead of the game at 58-56 as the momentum seesawed back and forth for the next 10 minutes. Hilbert’s Ron Dussett (Buffalo, NY/Buffalo-Traditional) got the Hawks to within one when he converted a put-back to make it 71-72 with 1:35 to play. Hazel again came through scoring off an offensive rebound with 00:31 to play and some timely Bobcat free-throw shooting finished the Hawks down the stretch.

Hazel led five different Bobcats in double figures with the lefty pouring in 20 points for the winners. Hilbert’s Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) led all scorers with 24 points and had a game-high 12 rebounds in a losing effort. The Hawks Rocco DiJohn (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) came off the bench to score 10 points and Dussett chipped in with eight markers and 11 boards.

Trailing at halftime 30-36 on Saturday against the University of Pitt-Greensburg, the visiting Hawks could not get back in the win column as they dropped an 80-62 decision to the Bobcats and watched their record fall to 4-7 (2-3).

UPG’s Bill Scavincky scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace the winners who held an impressive 48-32 rebounding advantage on the day. Hilbert’s Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop-Timon) came off the bench to lead the Hawks with 16 points while connecting on four three-pointers.

The Hawks will continue conference play as they travel to the University of Pitt-Bradford on Tuesday, January 17th for an 8:00 pm game.

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.