Hawks Earn Split at Holiday Inn Invitational

Release Date:
December 16, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
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BUFFALO, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team knocked-off D’Youville College Friday night, but couldn’t complete the weekend sweep with a lost to Buffalo State Saturday at the Holiday Inn Invitational. The four-team “Battle of Buffalo” at the Buffalo State Sports Arena wraps up semester play for the Hawks who currently stand at 4-5.

In first-round action on Friday night, Hilbert raced to a 17-0 lead against the D’Youville Spartans before cruising to a 69-54 win. The Hawks never trailed and led by as many as 24 before settling for the 15 point victory.

Senior Corey Vander Sluis (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) paced the Hawks with 18 points and a game high 13 rebounds. Fellow senior Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) scored 14 points including 12 from beyond the arc, and freshman Bobby Brown (Morrisville, NJ/Morrisville) added 12 points, eight rebounds, and four steals for the winners.

In Saturday’s championship game against Buffalo State, the Hawks jumped out quickly and led 23-13 after a tip-in by junior Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) with 5:43 to play in the half. The host Bengals would respond with a 23-6 run and take a 36-29 lead into the locker room.

In the second stanza, the Bengals lead would grow too as many as 17 before a ferocious Hilbert rally would keep things interesting. Trailing 66-76 with 1:59 to play, the Hawks would take advantage of some missed Bengal free throws, and six straight points before an Ufland three-point play trimmed the lead to 78-75 with :37 remaining. The Bengals would eventually connect on seven of eight free throws while forcing three Hilbert turnovers to pull out the win.

“We were too careless with the basketball and they were very solid from the foul line tonight,” commented Hilbert coach Rob deGrandpre. “I applaud our guys for not giving up, but we really need to be more composed if we want to beat a quality team like Buffalo State.”

Vander Sluis and Ufland were named to the all-tournament team after finishing the night with 21 and 19 points respectfully. The Hawks will return to action at home on January 2nd with a rematch against D’Youville College 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.