Hawks Put Up Fight in First Half; Fall to Altoona

Parrott leads Hawks with 20 point performance
Release Date:
December 14, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
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ALTOONA, PA -   After a rescheduled game due to severe weather in Pennsylvania, the Hilbert Hawks men’s basketball team took on AMCC conference opponent Penn State Altoona, on Sunday December, 13 at 3 p.m. Despite the hard fought battle with ten lead changes and four ties, the Hawks fell short to the Lions by a score of 69-88. Freshman guard Chris Parrott (Warsaw, NY/ Warsaw) registered his second 20 point performance this season. The loss puts the Hawks at 1-9 on the season and 0-5 in conference play.

The Lions got off to a quick start in the first half taking an early 11-4 lead just 5 minutes into the game. Minutes later, the Hawks cut the seven point deficit to two when junior Cody Troutman (South Dayton, NY/ JCC) hit a three pointer with 10:53 to play. Two minutes later Hilbert tied the game at 17 all with a lay-up from freshman forward Roman Brown (Buffalo, NY/ South Park). 
The Hawks would take a 39-32 lead going into halftime as freshman guard Eric Hinton (Bedford, OH/ St. Peter Chanel) hit a jumper with :01 remaining in the half. Two ties and five lead changes occurred throughout the first period of play in the conference match up.
Hilbert continued to lead the game in the first two minutes of the second half by a score of 41-40. The Lions however would regain a one point lead with 17:21 remaining in the game. Freshman forward Jayson Weigel (Hamburg, NY/ Hamburg) converted a lay-up off an assist from freshman guard Andy Breen (West Seneca, NY/ West Seneca East) to recapture the lead and give the Hawks another one point advantage less than a minute later. The teams battled back and forth for the next eight minutes of the second half with three more lead changes taking place until Altoona would take the lead for good with seven minutes remaining in the game.
Altoona finished the game with four players scoring in double figures. Kirk Peters lead all scores for the Lions with 26 points while shooting 8 of 11 from the free throw line. Parrot led the Hawks with 20 points, 13 of those points coming in the second half. Cody Troutman finished the game shooting 2-3 from behind the arc tallying 12 points while sophomore forward Nick Piccone (North Chili, NY/Aquinas) added 11 points and team high six rebounds.
The Hawks return to action after the Christmas break when they face cross town rival and AMCC opponent D’Youville College on Wednesday, January 6 at 8 pm at D’Youville.

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.