HC cagers lose to Redhawks

Release Date:
February 2, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – In a game that featured nine different lead changes and five ties, La Roche College used 21 second-half free throws to put away the Hilbert College men’s basketball team 74-62 on Saturday. The Rehawks bench contributed 40 points in the win while Hilbert failed to have a reserve reach the scoring column. With the victory La Roche moves to 9-10 overall and 6-6 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

In the opening half, the host Hawks twice led by as many as nine points before allowing the Redhawks to take their first lead at 17-16 with 10:31 to play. Hilbert would soon regain control and went back up by as many as six before settling for a 30-28 lead at the half.

Both teams would take turns leading in the second half, before a long three-pointer by La Roche’s Dylan Grazier with 8:02 to play put the visitor’s up 51-48. Hilbert would fall behind by as many as nine before a pair of Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) free throws at 2:25 cut the deficit to 59-64. Down the stretch it was too many missed shots and not enough stops’ as the Rehawks would ice the win with seven free throws over the final 1:34. Hilbert would fail to connect on seven second-half three-point attempts while finishing the game a disappointing 10 of 21 at the foul line.

“We need to start getting some production out of our bench and we absolutely must make our free throws,” commented Hilbert coach Rob deGrandpre. “Our players still feel like we can compete with anyone in the conference, but its going to take two solid halves of basketball to be successful.”

Zack Kostorick teamed with Nate Wojciechowski to score 13 points apiece as four different Redhawks reached double figures.

Reinard finished with a game-high 25 points on eight of 14 shooting to pace the Hawks. After struggling during his last two outings, forward Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) was back to form with 16 points and a game-high seven boards. Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney) was the only other Hawk to reach double figures and finished with 11 points.

Hilbert (9-10, 5-7) will next face conference leader Penn State Behrend (15-4, 9-3) on Wednesday with tip-off at the Hafner Recreation Center 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.