Express Stops Hawks

Release Date:
November 19, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball team opened its regular season at home Tuesday night Nov. 18, against Wells College. The Express defeated the Hawks 77-59 to gain the first win in program history for Wells College.

The two teams traded baskets for the first 6:54 of the game as the teams tied at 12 points apiece. Wells would take control of the contest before halftime. The Express used a 21-9 run over 7:05 to grow their lead to 33-21, with 5:08 remaining in the half. Hilbert was plagued by Wells’ hot shooting as the Express connected on 51.5% of their field goals in the opening half and hit 4-10 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Hilbert converted on 13-28 first half field goals, but committed 13 turnovers, in the opening 20 minutes.

The Hawks would claw back into the contest by cutting the lead to 56-50 on a layup by sophomore guard Andy Marchand (Rochester, NY/C.G. Finney,) with 12:49 remaining in the game. That is as close as the Hawks would get for the rest of the evening. Wells would outscore the Hawks 21-9 to close the game, and secure the first ever win in Wells College program history.

Marchand led the Hawks with 10 points and 4 assists. Junior Joe Roberts (Adams, NY/South Jefferson) scored 8 points on 4-12 shooting. Sophomore Aaron Burbidge (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) and junior Chad Lindner (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) posted 8 points apiece for Hilbert.

The Hawks shot just 37.5% from the floor and committed 18 turnovers. Hilbert controlled the bench play, as the Hawk’s reserves posted 31 points off the bench to just 15 for the express.

The Hawks return to action Nov. 25 at Alfred University. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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.