Hawks muster road win at UPB

Release Date:
January 9, 2008
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BRADFORD, PA – Hilbert College picked up a much needed 58-53 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) victory at the University of Pitt-Bradford Wednesday night. Trailing 29-33 at the half, Hilbert would open the second half with a 10 straight points and never trail the rest of the night. The win improves the Hawks to 6-6 overall and 2-3 in the AMCC.

Both teams would take turns leading early before the host Panthers would gain an early advantage thanks to nine of 12 shooting at the foul line. Pitt-Bradford led 31-23 with 3:24 in the half, but Hilbert would close the gap and trailed by just four at the intermission. The hosts shot 45.5% from the field, while the Hawks converted just 11 of 31 field goals (35.5%), including just one of 10 from beyond the arc.

Hilbert would start the second half with a 17-1 run and had its biggest lead of the night at 46-34 with 13:11 remaining. Senior Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) would score 10 of his game-high 17 points in the second stanza to pace the Hawks.

Pitt-Bradford (7-5, 3-2) struggled from the line in the second half going just two of eight while suffering 20 turnovers for the game. Hilbert racked up 11 steals and held a 41-33 edge in rebounds, including a 17-9 advantage on the offensive end. Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) finished with a game-high 12 boards to go with nine points for the winners. Hilbert would shoot just four of 20 from beyond the arc, but converted some timely free-throws down the stretch to ice the win.

The Hawks would get several timely baskets from their bench as three different reserves played major rolls. Pitt-Bradford’s Mike Ridge contributed 10 points in a losing effort and was the only panther to reach double figures.

Hilbert will be back in action on Saturday against league foe Mount Aloysius College. Tip-off at the Hafner Recreation Center is scheduled for 3:00 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.