Hawks Slip Past La Roche

Release Date:
January 28, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball earned its third win of the season by defeating La Roche College 66-61 on Wednesday evening (January 28, 2009). The win improves the Hawk’s record to 3-15 overall and 2-9 in AMCC contests.

Hilbert scored the first points of the game on a 3-point shot by senior Dan Terrette (Shinglehouse, PA, Oswayo Valley). Hilbert jumped out to an 11-2 lead at the 15:45 mark of the first half. The Hawks would lead for all but one minute of the half.

With the Hawks leading 19-11, La Roche reeled off a 10-0 run to take a 21-19 lead. Senior John Koniniec (Depew, NY/Depew) would end the Red Hawk run with a 3-piont shot and tie the score at 21-21. The Hawks would regain control almost immediately with a 10-0 run of their own to take the advantage 31-21.

The Hawks grabbed their largest lead of the first half, on a dunk shot by senior Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East). Edwards' flush pushed the lead to 11 at 35-24 with 4:23 remaining in the half. The Hawks would take a 38-32 lead into the break.

In the second half, the Red Hawks would come out with a purpose. La Roche used a quick 7-0 run to retake the lead from the Hawks at 39-38 with 18:13 remaining. La Roche would hold the lead for the next 17:03 until sophomore Aaron Burbidge (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) converted on two charity tosses to give the Hawks a 62-61 lead with 1:10 remaining.

The Red Hawks would not regain the lead in the game. Burbidge would connect on four more free throws to seal the victory for Hilbert 66-61.

Koniniec led the Hawks with a career-high 18 points. Terrette added 15 for Hilbert. Edwards and Burbidge each scored 14 for the Hawks, with Edwards also collecting a team-high 12 rebounds.

The Hawks shot 40.7% from the floor on the evening and committed just 12 turnovers.

“It was good to see us come out and play the way I know we are capable of playing,” said head coach Rob deGrandpre. “We came ready to play; we battled through some rough spots and found a way to make some big plays down the stretch.”

The Hawks return to action at 3 pm, Saturday January 31, at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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.