Lions End Hawk's Streak

Release Date:
February 4, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball team fell to Penn State Behrend 81-59 on Wednesday evening (February 4, 2009). With the loss, the Hawks fall to 4-16 overall and 3-10 in AMCC contests. The loss also halts the Hawks’ two-game winning streak.

The Hawks lit the board first on a charity toss from senior Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East).

The Hawks and the first-place Lions played a tight first half. At the 6:24 mark of the first half, the contest was knotted at 23-23. Penn State Behrend would use a 17-7 run over the remainder of the half, to lead 40-30 at the break.

The Hawks shot 48.0% in the first half and shared the ball well, dishing out eight assists on 12 made baskets. Sophomore Aaron Burbidge (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) led Hilbert with nine first half points.

Defensively the Hawks gave up 10 three point field goals in the first half.

In the second half, Behrend continued to be hot from behind the arc. The Lions made seven more treys and outscored Hilbert 41-29 to coast to the victory.

“We did not defend the arc tonight,” said head coach Rob deGrandpre. “It was disappointing to give up 81 points.”

Edwards led the Hawks with 12 points and five boards. Burbidge and senior Dan Terrette (Shinglehouse, Pa/Oswayo Valley) each tallied 11 points for Hilbert.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, February 7, at 3:00 pm, to host Mount Aloysius College.

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.