Lions Outlast Hawks in OT

Release Date:
December 10, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball team fell by a score of 73-71 in overtime to Penn State Behrend on Wednesday evening (December 10, 2008). With the loss, the Hawks fall to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in AMCC play.

The contest was tightly played all the way. Senior Dan Terrette (Shinglehouse, PA/Oswayo Valley) opened the scoring for the Hawks with a three point shot. After trading body shots in opening half, neither team could land the early knockout. The Hawk’s largest lead of the half was 9-5 at the 13:41 mark, while the Lions could only build a nine point advantage, which came with 4:12 remaining in the half. Senior Ian Frost (Cherry Creek, NY/Pine Valley) provided great energy and rebounding off the bench for the Hawks. Frost’s put-back of a missed Terrette jumpshot cut the Lion's lead to seven, with 3:56 remaining, and two charity tosses from senior John Koniniec (Depew, NY/Depew) trimmed the deficit to five. Terrette would knock down another trey, which slimmed the margin to three with: 56 remaining in the opening stanza. Behrend was able to connect on a three point shot of their own, as Tom Newman pushed the lead to six, which is how the half ended.

In the second half, freshman Dave Shuey (Burt, NY/Newfane) was a difference maker for the Hawks. After being held without a shot attempt or a rebound in the first half, Shuey was a catalyst for the Hawk’s attack. Shuey recorded 10 points and 14 rebounds in the half, including several key offensive rebounds that gave Hilbert second chance opportunities. Hilbert dominated Behrend in that category 16-6.

The Lions would lead the Hawks for the opening 12:32 of the second half, until junior Joe Roberts (Adams, NY/South Jefferson) scored a layup to tie the game, and then recorded a steal and went coast to coast for the score, which gave Hilbert their first lead since the 13:06 mark of the first half. Junior Kyle Stark (Plattsburgh, NY/Seton Catholic) got free for a layup to give the Hawks a four point advantage with 2:26 remaining in the game. The Hawks would not score again in regulation. A Hawk foul with: 03 remaining sent Behrend’s Chris Saltsman to the line, trailing by one point. Saltsman made the first and missed the second which sent the game to overtime.

In overtime, the game’s 11th tie would come with 1:46 remaining as Frost connected on a three for the Hawks, to knot the affair at 71-71. But the Hawks would not score again; the Lions would add two free throws with: 20 remaining to seal the victory.

The game was the third overtime contest of the year from the Hawks, who fall to 1-2 in those games.

Terrette led the Hawks in scoring with 20 points on 8-12 shooting including 4-8 from behind the arc. Roberts and Frost chipped in with 10 points each.

The Hawks committed a season-low 8 turnovers and outrebounded the lions 37-32. The Hawks return to action Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. to host Franciscan University.

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.