Medaille Tops Hilbert

Release Date:
January 20, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball team fell to Medaille College by a score of 78-60 on Monday afternoon (January 19, 2009). With the loss, the Hawks fall to 2-13 overall and 1-7 in AMCC play.

The Hawks would battle the Mavericks strongly in the first half. Hilbert took their first lead of the game at 5-4 on a deep three point shot from sophomore Aaron Burbidge (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia).

Medaille would regain the lead, and push the margin to 22-14 at the 10:06 mark of the first half. The resilient Hawks refused to fold. Hilbert battled back to take their second lead of the game at 26-24, with 4:38 remaining in the opening half. Freshman Nick Piccone (North Chili, NY/Aquinas) corralled an offensive rebound to keep the possession alive. Junior Chad Lindner (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) found Travis Jackson (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) who knocked down a jumper to give Hilbert their second lead of the half.

The home standing Mavericks would also show some bounceback. Medaille closed the half on an 11-2 run to take a 35-28 lead into the locker room.

The Hawks were unable to continue their hot shooting streak from the previous three games. Hilbert managed only 39.3% from the floor and committed 9 first half turnovers.

In the second stanza Medaille came out red hot from the field. Medaille’s hot shooting allowed the Mavericks to push the lead to 57-44 with 8:40 remaining. The Hawks would trim the lead to 59-51 with 5:53 remaining, but Medaille was to just too efficient on the offensive end. The Mavericks would close the game on a 19-9 run to seal the victory. Medaille shot 50.0% in the second half.

After 9 first-half turnovers, Hilbert committed just four in the second half, but cold shooting hampered the Hawk’s comeback bid. The Hawks finished the game at 38.6% from the field.

Hilbert returns to action Thursday January 22, at 8:00 p.m. to host Pitt-Bradford in an AMCC battle.

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.