Hawks outlast Saxons 69-54

Release Date:
November 20, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – Hilbert College connected on 10 of 11 free throws in the second half and picked up their first win of the season with a 69-54 win over Alfred University (0-3) Tuesday night. On the night, the Hawks shot just 38% from the field but outscored the visiting Saxons 37-28 in the second half to pull out the win.

A three-point basket by Hilbert’s Michael Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) at 17:11 gave the home team a 5-4 advantage and a lead they would not surrender. The Hawks would quickly build an 11-point cushion only to see the Saxons close the half with five straight points to close the gap to 32-26 at the break.

Hilbert (1-1) would open the second stanza with a 9-2 run and held a double-digit lead for the rest of the game after a Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) layup with 18:13 to play. Freshman Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) gave the Hawks their biggest lead of the night after his breakaway layup with 1:02 remaining made it 68-49.

Hilbert’s Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) poured in a game-high 21 points to go with 11 rebounds to pace the winners. McHale finished with 19 markers and seven boards and Marchand reached double figures with 10 points. Nine different players reached the scoring column and the Hawks owned a 44-42 advantage on the glass.

Freshman forward Ellis Walsh was the lone Saxon in double-figures finishing with 13 points on just four of 13 shooting.

Hilbert will enjoy a couple of days off before returning to face Clarkson University on Saturday, November 24th. Tip-off against the Golden Knights (1-1) is scheduled for 3:00 pm at the Hafner Recreation Center.

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.