Hawks open with road loss at Keystone College

Release Date:
November 16, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

LA PLUME, PA – Keystone College shot a sizzling 63% from beyond the arc and opened the Jason Leone-era with a 70-61 win over Hilbert College Friday night. The host Giants (1-0) connected on 12 of 19 from downtown and held the Hawks (0-1) to just 35% from the field to earn the win.

The winners held a 27-24 advantage at the half and twice built double-digit leads in the second half, only the see the Hawks rally each time. Clinging to a four point lead with just under 1:30 to play, Keystone’s James Marable tipped in a miss to extend the lead to six and deplete the Hawks’ chance of a comeback.

Despite holding a 33-31 advantage on the boards, including 14 on the offensive end, Hilbert was a dismal 11 of 21 from the foul line. The visitors shot a chilly 28% from the arc and were paced by seniors Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) and Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) who scored 23 and 15 points respectfully. Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) added 10 points off the bench and was the only other Hawk to reach double figures.

Charles Edwards and Sherrick Belt scored 15 points apiece in leading four Giants in double figures. Keystone wasn’t particularly sharp from the foul line and converted just 10 of 21 while being charged with 21 turnovers on the night.

Hilbert will regroup for their home opener Tuesday night against Alfred University. Tip-off at the Hafner Recreation Center is scheduled for 7:00 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.