PSA Lions Roar by Men’s Basketball Team

Release Date:
December 2, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

ALTOONA, PA – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team suffered their second straight defeat on the road Saturday, dropping a 73-53 decision to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) foe Penn State Altoona. Inconsistency and a cold night of shooting plagued the Hawks who fall to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in league play.

In the first half, the visiting Hawks took a 22-16 lead on two Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) free throws with 5:31 remaining. Penn State Altoona answered with a 13-2 run to end the half and take a 29-24 lead into the locker room. The Hawks shot nine of 30 from the field and were zero for eight from three-point range during the first 20 minutes.

In the second stanza the Hawks again struggled to score and had a hard time stopping the Lions’ Tyler Franklin who finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes of work. Trailing 52-32 with 9:54 in regulation, the Hawks would cut the deficit to 13 with 7:10 to play and again with 1:40 remaining. The home team connected on seven of eight free throws over the final 1:37 of play while the Hawks 29.4% shooting in the second-half doomed any chances of a comeback.

Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) lead Hilbert with 22 points and Vander Sluis finished with 14 in a losing effort.

The Hawks will return to the Hafner Recreation Center to face AMCC foe Penn State Behrend on Wednesday, December 6th 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.