PSA roars by basketball Hawks

Release Date:
December 1, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – Quinton Dziabo scored all 18 of his points in the second half in leading five players in double figures as Penn State Altoona disposed of Hilbert College 79-66 Saturday afternoon. The visiting Lions forced 21 turnovers and shot 60% in the second half while improving to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).

Hilbert jumped out to a 9-2 advantage and lead 18-10 after a three-pointer by Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) at 12:31 of the first half. Altoona would close the gap and settled for a 31-29 lead at the break. Neither team shot particularly well as both teams combined to go 22 of 60 from the floor.

The Lions opened the second half with an 11-0 run with Dziabo punishing the Hawks inside. The 6’5 forward went seven for 10 while tossing in four free throws in 16 minutes of work to lead the second half charge. Hilbert would try to rally and got an 18-point lead down to 66-74 with 00:49 left, but it was too little, too late.

Altoona guard Zach Spitz finished with 15 points, as the Lions owned 12 more possessions than the Hawks. The winners also won the battle on the boards 35-34 while being credited with 13 steals on the day.

Reinard paced the Hawks (2-3, 0-2) with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow senior Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) chipped in with 10 markers in a losing effort.

The Hawks will travel to conference foe Penn State Behrend (4-1, 1-1) on Wednesday to take on the Behrend Lions 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.