Men’s Basketball Shoots down FSU
- Release Date:
- February 20, 2007
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Hawks Advance to AMCC Semis
HAMBURG, NY – The number four seeded Hilbert College men’s basketball team earned a return trip to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) semifinals with an 87-73 win over number six Frostburg State Tuesday night. The Hawks will face number one seed Lake Erie College (23-2) at 6:00 pm Friday night in Painesville, OH.
Hilbert overcame an early 10-5 deficit and took the lead for good on a Noah McHale (Bradford, PA, Archbishop Walsh) jumper with 10:24 to play in the half. Clinging to a 41-36 lead with 00:09 remaining in the first stanza, the Hawks Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) took a quick inbounds pass and raced the length of the floor. The junior point guard nailed a long three-pointer as time expired and the Hawks had an eight point cushion at the break.
The Hawks (14-12) opened the second half with two field goals from McHale in between a pair of three-pointers from Reyes. A Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) jumper made it 58-43 with 15:43 to play and the route was on. The visiting Bobcats would get no closer than 53-65 while the Hawks would build their lead to as many as 27. Frostburg would shoot just 37.1% in the second half while the Hawks remained red-hot from the field where they shot 56.5% on the night.
“We worked hard to get some high percentage shots tonight,” said Hilbert Coach Rob deGrandpre. “Really playing together, and getting off to a good start was important. The effort was there and hopefully we can keep this going for a couple more games.”
Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) led all scorers with 30 points and a game-high nine rebounds. The 6’4 junior connected on 11 of 14 shots while dishing out six assists. McHale finished with 22 markers while Reyes added 12, all from the arc, to go along with seven assists for the winners.
Jade Belt led Frostburg (11-15) with 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds while teammate Antione McCall chipped in with 14 points and seven boards.
Hilbert will now get another crack at Lake Erie College, the number one ranked team in the Great Lakes Region. The Hawks lost to the Storm in overtime at the buzzer in last year’s conference semifinals, and have fallen twice to the AMCC regular season champs this season.
For up to date scores and highlights of this weekend’s games, visit the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference website at www.amcconf.org.
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.