HC Men’s Basketball Falls 68-63 to La Roche College

Release Date:
January 27, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team suffered a 68-63 loss at conference foe La Roche College on Saturday, dropping the Hawks to 9-10 overall and 5-7 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). The Redhawks improve to 6-13 (4-8) and avenge an earlier season loss to the Hawks from a December game in Hamburg.

La Roche’s Rob Brisco closed the first-half with a buzzer-beating dunk to give the host Redhawks a 31- 29 advantage at the break. In the second stanza, the visiting Hawks took a brief lead before back-to-back three pointers by the Redhawks Stacy Grady allowed the home team to regain the lead.

Clinging to a 66-63 lead with 00:14 remaining, the Redhawks forced a jump ball after a Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA.Smethport) game-tying three-pointer stuck between the rim and the backboard. Hilbert’s desperate attempt to force overtime ended with the possession arrow pointing towards the home team, and the winners calmly iced the game with a pair of free throws and escaped with the five-point victory.

La Roche’s Ryan Benchwick led all scorers with 25 points and a game-high eight rebounds. The 6’6 freshman was 11 of 14 from the field in 25 minutes of work. Grady finished with 16 markers including a four of six performance from beyond the arc.

Reinard paced the Hawks with 19 points and freshman Bobby Brown (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) came off the bench to record 16 points in a losing effort. The home team shot an impressive 54.3% while the Hawks struggled to convert from the field despite 11 more shot attempts.

Hilbert will next travel to Erie, PA on Wednesday to face Penn State Behrend in an 8:00 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.