HC splits at RIT tourney

Release Date:
December 15, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
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ROCHESTER, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team picked up a win in the consolation game of the 23rd Harold J.Brodie Tournament at Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday. The Hawks’ 87-77 win over D’Youville College settled a tough 74-79 opening round loss to eventual tourney champ Oswego State (6-2). The Lakers toped host RIT (5-5) 81-68 in this afternoon’s title game.

Friday the Hawks got off to a quick 7-0 start, but trailed the Lakers 40-35 at halftime. Down by as many as 14 in the second half, the Hawks closed the gap late and a Dan Terrette (Shinglehouse, PA/Oswayo Valley) jumper with 00:22 remaining got Hilbert within two at 72-74. Oswego would convert five out of six free throws in the closing seconds between a Hilbert turnover and a pair of missed three-pointers as time expired.

Junior Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) racked up 20 points to go with 12 rebounds, and senior Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) would finish with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. A 12 of 16 performance from the foul line hurt the Hawks chances of stealing a win from one of the East Region’s top teams.

Against D’Youville (1-9) the Hawks led 38-36 after twenty minutes, but opened the second half with consecutive three-pointers by Reyes and senior guard Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) to break open the game. Hilbert would hold its biggest lead at 81-59 with 4:12 to play before earning the 10-point win. The Hawks shot 60% from the field in the second stanza and held a 49-36 edge in rebounds on the day.

Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) poured in 23 points to go with 11 rebounds and six assists while Edwards’ strong play continued with a 20 point, 16 rebound, four block outing. The 6’7 forward was 12 of 14 from the field in 33 minutes of work and earned all-tournament honors.

Hilbert (4-5) will be off until a trip to D’Youville College to face the same Spartans on January 2nd. Tip-off is scheduled for 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.