HC Men’s Basketball Outlasts Keuka College

Release Date:
November 27, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team built an early 17 point first-half lead and never trailed before beating the Keuka College Storm 89-74 Monday night at the Hafner Recreation Center. The win avenges a last second buzzer beater a year ago at Keuka and helps the Hawks improve to 2-1 on the young season.

A layup by Hilbert’s Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) with 8:09 to play in the first-half helped the Hawks to 31-14 lead before settling for a 41-29 advantage at the break.

In the second-half the visiting Storm would get as close as 49-42 on a jumper by Robert McDowell with 15:06 to play in regulation. The Hawks would quickly respond with a 9-3 run before building their biggest lead of the night at 85-67 with a pair of free throws by Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) with just under three minutes to play.

Hilbert’s Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) led all scorers with 28 points including 22 in the second-half. Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) added 19 markers, and Ron Dussett (Buffalo, NY/Traditional) recorded a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Hilbert point guard Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists for the winners.

McKee and Robert McDowell led Keuka with 14 points each. The Storm (2-2) tried to stay in the game by connecting on nine of 22 three-pointers, but had a hard time cooling down the Hawks who shot 53% from the field on the night.

Hilbert opens Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) play Wednesday night in Painesville, OH at Lake Erie College, the 2006 regular season and conference tourney champions.

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.