HC Cagers Drop Two on the Road

Release Date:
January 28, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team again found out that winning on the road in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) is easier said than done. Friday the Hawks lost to league leading Lake Erie College 65-74 in Painesville, OH before losing an overtime heartbreaker to La Roche College 78-89 on Saturday in Pittsburgh, PA.

Despite leading by as many as five points early Friday night, the Hawks trailed the host Storm 29-35 at the half after allowing the Storm 10 offensive rebounds during the first 20 minutes of play.

Trivone Curry came off the bench to score 19 points and Jajcen Harris scored 16 points while grabbing seven rebounds to pace the winners who shot 55.6% from the field during the second half. Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) scored 19 points and Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) added 13 for the Hawks. Spending the majority of the first half on the bench in foul trouble, the Hawks Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) chipped in with 13 points in a losing effort.

On Saturday, Zach Kostorick connected on back-to-back three pointers with just under 1:30 to play as the host Redhawks tied the score at 72-72 with 26 seconds remaining. Reinard had a chance to win the game for Hilbert in regulation, but a 17-foot jumper from the corner was off the mark and the Hawks were heading to their third overtime game of the season.

In OT, the Hawks were a dismal two of 11 from the field and had little left in t he tank to catch the Redhawks who connected on 10 free throws during the extra session. Vander Sluis finished the game with 18 points on nine of 11 shooting, but was again plagued by foul trouble as the 6’6 forward watched the last three-plus minutes of regulation from the bench. Reinard finished with 16 points and Ron Dussett (Buffalo, NY/Buffalo Traditional) finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

The Hawks (7-10, 5-6) will look to regroup on Tuesday, January 31st when they play host to the University of Pitt-Bradford at 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.