Greensburg Outlasts Hilbert

Release Date:
February 11, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College men’s basketball team fell 73-66 to the Bobcats of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on Wednesday evening (February 11, 2009). With the setback, the Hawks drop to 4-18 overall and 3-12 in AMCC play.

The Hawks came out of the gate flying; literally. Off of the opening tip sophomore Aaron Burbidge (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) found senior Malcolm Edwards (Cleveland Heights, OH/Lutheran East) for an alley-oop dunk to put the Hawks on the board first.

The Bobcats and Hawks played the first half very tightly. However, with the score tied at 21-21 with 8:59 remaining in the half, Pitt-Greensburg went on a 9-0 run over a 2:06 stretch to take a 30-21 advantage. Immediately the Hawks would respond with a 9-0 run of their own to tied the score at 30-30 with 3:36 left in the opening half. The Bobcats would score twice more, while the Hawks would also add bucket by freshman Dave Shuey (Burt, NY/Newfane) to make the score 34-32 Bobcats at the half.

The Hawks shot 42.4% in the first half, but allowed the Bobcats to shoot 55.6%. Pitt-Greensburg also dominated the paint in the opening stanza, outscoring Hilbert 22-12.

In the second half, the Bobcats opened up a 15 point lead behind a 24-11 run over 8:21 to push the lead to 58-43 with 12:19 remaining. The Hawks would claw their way back to within four points at 65-61 with 2:40 remaining. Leading the Hilbert comeback was Burbidge and Senior Dan Terrette (Shinglehouse, PA/Oswayo Valley) who both hit clutch shots during the run.

The Hawks would run out of gas though as the Bobcats would outscore the Hawks 8-5 over the last 2:40 to seal the victory.

Burbidge led the Hawks with 15 points on the evening. Terrette notched 14, while senior John Koniniec (Depew, NY/Depew) added 13.

The Hawks return to the hardwood February 14 at 3:00 pm at Frostburg State.

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.