Hawks Fall in AMCC Opener to La Roche

Release Date:
December 3, 2008
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The Hilbert College men’s basketball team fell at La Roche College 75-39 on Wednesday evening (December 3, 2008). The game was the Hawk’s first AMCC contest of the season. With the loss, the Hawks drop to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in AMCC play.

The Hawks, who have been plagued by slow starts in their first four games, again fell behind in the first half. La Roche jumped out to a 21-7 lead over the first 12:15 of the first half. The Hawks shot just 8-26 in the first half, and trailed 32-19 at the break.

In the second half the Hawks would cut the lead to 10, on a layup by junior Kyle Stark (Plattsburgh, NY/Seton Catholic), but the Red Hawks proved to be too potent offensively. La Roche would outscore Hilbert 40-14 over the remaining 17:25 to cruise to the victory.

Stark led the Hawks with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Junior Joe Roberts (Adams, NY/South Jefferson) chipped in with 7 points.

The Hawks shot just 33.3% for the game and were outrebounded 42-25, including 17-8 on the offensive glass.

“We knew they were a good team,” said head coach Rob deGrandpre. “We expected more from our guys tonight.”

The Hawks return to action Saturday December 6, at 3 p.m. at Penn State Altoona.

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.