Cold shooting plagues HC cagers in loss to Medaille

Release Date:
February 23, 2008
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BUFFALO, NY – The Hilbert College men’s basketball team saw their season come to a close with a disappointing 77-57 loss to conference foe Medaille College at the Sullivan Center. Saturday’s do or die defeat ends Hilbert’s (12-13) season with an 8-10 mark in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) and keeps them from making next week’s six-team conference tournament.

Hilbert led for the first 9:13 of the game before going cold from the perimeter and scoring just two points over the last 7:07 of the opening half. The Hawks converted just nine of 30 shots (30%) while making one of seven (14%) three-pointers as the host Mavericks claimed a 29-20 lead at the break.

Medaille opened the second half with a 17-4 run as Hilbert converted just two field goals during the first 6:35 of play. Hilbert would try to string together a couple of rallies, but never closed the gap to anything less than 13 points as shooting woes continued.

The Hawks got 12 more shots than their cross-town rivals, but finished the day 22 of 63 from the field, including a dismal two of 17 from beyond the arc. “We just couldn’t score,” commented Hilbert coach Rob deGrandpre. “There were plenty of opportunities, but we couldn’t get a bounce or a roll to go our way.”

The Mavericks (14-11, 9-9) were led by James McNeil’s 21 points followed by Chris Moscato who netted 16 in the win. Both guards sank four of the Mavericks’ 11 three-pointers.

Hilbert got a game-high 23 points from senior Dallas Reinard (Smethport, PA/Smethport) who became the college’s all-time leader in three-pointers made after he drained career number 240. Junior Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) finished with 10 points to go with a game-high nine rebounds in a losing effort.

The Hawks finish the season in seventh place in the ten-team AMCC after placing fourth the past two winters. deGrandpre will lose four seniors and will be forced to say good-bye to Reinard, Hilbert’s all-time leading scorer as well as Mike Reyes (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) who sits atop the program in career assists. Currently nine veterans are scheduled to return next fall.

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.