Bobcats Outlast Hawks

Release Date:
January 15, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball team fell 80-70  on Wednesday evening (January 14, 2009) to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 2-11 overall, 1-5 in AMCC play.

Senior Malcolm Edward (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) picked up where he left off against Mount Aloysius, scoring Hilbert’s first basket of the evening, off an assist from freshman Dave Shuey (Burt, NY/Newfane).

The Hawks would stay close to the Bobcats for the opening eight minutes of the half, and would take their first lead of the half 18-16, at the 11:59 mark of the half, as Edwards connected on a jump shot from the lane. The Hawks would lead by as many as six points in the first half, and held the lead until there was 1:38 remaining and Greensburg converted on two free throw chances. After 20 minutes of play the Bobcat lead was just 40-38.

Hilbert shot the ball very well in the first half, as the Hawks connected on 56.6% of their field goals. Hilbert also took good care of the basketball in the first half, committing just 8 first-half turnovers.

In the second half the Bobcats came out with determination and an offensive spark. Pitt-Greensburg opened the second stanza with a 19-8 run over the first 9:38 of the half to push the lead to 59-46. As coach deGrandpre’s club has shown all season, the Hawks refused to fly away and hide. The Hawks ratcheted up the defensive pressure and used a 13-4 run of their own to trim the Bobcat lead to 63-59 with 3:56 remaining. That is as close as the Hawks would get. Greensburg would stretch the lead to as many as 11 and went on to victory.

Shuey along with sophomore Aaron Burbidge (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) led the Hawks with 17 points each. Burbidge also led the Hawks with six assists and just one turnover. Edwards chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, January 17 at 3 p.m. when Hilbert hosts Frostburg State 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.