HC Hoop Team Comes Through With Two Wins

Release Date:
February 11, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team picked-up two important league wins over the weekend beating the University of Pitt-Greensburg 102-89 on Friday before topping Frostburg State 72-67 Saturday. The Hawks stay in fourth place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) and improve to 11-11 overall and 9-7 in the AMCC.

On Friday night against the visiting Bobcats, the Hawks led from the start and raced to a 54-37 halftime lead while shooting a red-hot 64.7% from the field. Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) poured in 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) added 24 points while connecting on four of seven from behind the arc.

The Hawks dished out a season best 26 assists with point guard Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) handing out 10 to go along with 14 points and eight rebounds. The Hawks shot 60% on the evening with 46 points coming from inside the paint. UPG’s Duke Cooper led three different Bobcats (15-9, 13-4) in double-figures scoring 22 points in a losing effort.

Saturday against the Bobcats of Frostburg State (11-13, 8-9), the Hawks again built an early lead and went into the intermission up 35-27. The Hawks hot shooting from the night before cooled down as a second half dry spell enabled the Bobcats to stay within striking distance. Reinard converted some timely free throws down the stretch and ended the game with 23 points including 10 of 12 from the charity stripe. Vander Sluis finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds for his fourth, straight double-double.

The Hawks will end the regular season next weekend at Penn State Altoona on Friday and at Mount Aloysius College on Saturday.

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.