Men’s Basketball Rallies for Win Over Hobart

Release Date:
November 17, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team opened the 2006-07 season with an impressive 73-70 come from behind win over Hobart College Friday night. Trailing 67-70 with :32 remaining, the Hawks made six consecutive free throws down the stretch to hold off the visiting Statesmen to earn the win at the Hafner Recreation Center.

The Hawks trailed 17-30 with 9:20 to go in the first-half before closing with a 22-7 run and heading to the locker room with a 39-37 lead.

Early in the second stanza the Hawks would build an eight-point lead, but it was short lived as the Statesmen came back to go up 53-52 on a lay-up by Mike Manning at 12:40. Hilbert would again rally with back-to-back three-pointers by Bobby Brown (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) to give the Hawks another eight-point lead with just over five minutes remaining.

The Statesmen went on a nine to zero run to regain a 70-67 advantage with 1:47 to go before the Hawks defense came up with consecutive stops, and some clutch free throw shooting to squeak out the win.

Dallas Reinard’s (Smethport, PA/Smethport) 23 points paced four different Hawks in double-figures. Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) came off the bench to score 16 points including 12 in the second-half, while grabbing a team high nine rebounds. Brown finished with 11 points and Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) scored 10 for the Hawks who made 13 of 14 free throws on the night.

Hobart (0-1) canned 10 of 25 from beyond the arc and was paced by Manning’s 18 points. Freshman Sean McHugh scored 15 points on five of nine shooting from downtown.

The Hilbert College (1-0) men’s basketball team hits the road Tuesday night to face the Saxons of Alfred University in a 7:00 pm tip-off.

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.