Penn State Altoona Tops HC; Mounties Nip Hawks in OT

Release Date:
February 18, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
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CRESSON, PA – Road woes continue to plague the Hilbert College men’s basketball team as the Hawks dropped two critical Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) games over the weekend. On Friday night Penn State Altoona beat the visiting Hawks 69-63 and this afternoon at Mount Aloysius College, a buzzer beating lay-up in overtime finished the Hawks 106-104.

In Altoona, PA Friday night, Tyler Franklin poured in 17 points to lead five different Lions in double figures while helping Penn State Altoona to just their third conference win of the season. The Hawks trailed 31-34 at the half and rallied to tie the game at 63-63 on a put back by Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) with 3:08 to play. The Hawks had their chances trailing 63-65 with 1:08 to play, but couldn’t convert the front-end of a free-throw and a missed three pointer before the Lions converted some timely free throws to earn the win.

Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) led all scorers with 23 points with Vander Sluis added 13 points in the loss. The Hawks were plagued by 20 turnovers and dismal free-throw shooting (4-11) while the home team shot 51% from the field on the night.

Looking to regroup against the high scoring Mounties of Mount Aloysius College, the Hawks again had trouble taking care of the ball (23 turnovers) and converting free throws (23-38). Down 44-52 at the half, the Hawks again rallied and had a chance to win the game in regulation, but a Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) jump shot was off the mark as time expired. In overtime, the Hawks led from the start until the Mounties tied the score at 104-104 with 27 seconds to play.

After a Hilbert timeout, Reinard misfired on a game winning jumper with eight seconds to play and Mount Aloysius secured the loose ball while burning their last timeout to set up a play. The Mounties (12-12, 8-10) Sam Hanik took the inbounds pass and drove the left baseline converting a rim rolling lay-up as the final horn sounded to end the game.

Reinard finished with 28 points with Vander Sluis adding 25 in the loosing effort for the Hawks.

Hilbert completes the regular season at 11-13 overall and 9-9 in AMCC play. The Hawks will finish as one of the AMCC’s top six teams and will await word on a first round opponent in next week’s conference tournament.

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.