Stale second half dooms HC Cagers

Reinard sets new scoring mark
Release Date:
January 26, 2008
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ALTOONA, PA – Kirk Peters and Colin Geiger scored 15 points apiece to lift Penn State Altoona (9-8, 6-4) to a 60-49 win over Hilbert College on Saturday at Adler Gym. The visiting Hawks scored just 21 second half points while shooting a dismal seven of 26 from the field over the final twenty minutes.

Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) would get Hilbert off to a strong start by scoring 10 of the Hawks first 14 points. The visitor’s would lead 14-5 just 6:20 into the game, but 11 first half turnovers would allow the Lions to get back into the game, and take a 29-28 lead at the half.

Trailing for the first 10:13 of the second half, Hilbert would rally for a brief 41-39 lead on a Reinard layup, but the advantage would be shot lived. An 8-0 Penn State Altoona run would regain the lead for the home team, as Hilbert would misfire on their next six possessions. A Noah McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) layup with 2:01 to play would get the Hawks within 53-47, but Hilbert would convert just one of their final six field goals before surrendering the 11-point loss.

Neither team was particularly sharp as both teams combined for 41 turnovers on the afternoon. Hilbert would make just one three-pointer in the second half and finished the day a disappointing three of 20 from downtown.

Reinard would be the only Hawk to reach double-figures finishing with 16 points on the day. He becomes Hilbert’s all-time leading scorer with 1,637 career points to his credit, surpassing former Hawk, Mike Tyszka (’02) who scored 1,634 points over a four-year career.

Hilbert (9-8, 5-5) will be off until a road trip to conference foe Lake Erie College on Wednesday.

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.