Men’s Basketball Opens 2014 With Win Over Keystone
The Hilbert College men’s basketball team returned to action today playing their first game of the new year and the twenty-one days off from competition showed early in the contest.
The Hawks used a 16-0 run in the second half to take control and coasted to a 74-60 non-conference win over Keystone College (5-4). Nick Nadeau shot 7-of-11 from the floor and earned his first career double/double scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds while Jalen Smith matched game-high scoring honors with 16 points, hitting 6-of-9 shots at the foul line.
Jerame Owens was credited with his fifth consecutive double/double (sixth for season, sixteenth for career) giving his team 12 points and 13 rebounds and Ryan Brewster chipped in a career-high 10 points. DaVaughn Thomas’ 13 points led three Giants who reached for double-figures.
The Hawks (7-2) dominated the glass, out-rebounding Keystone by 21 and they tripled the visitors on the offensive boards (25-7). Hilbert lived at the foul line attempting 36 shots after the Giants were whistled for twice as many fouls than Hilbert (27-14).
Keystone was a consistent 38.7%-shooting team, sinking 12 shots each half (24-62) while Hilbert struggled from the field making 24 of their 75 attempts (3 of 24 from beyond the arc).
Hilbert outlasted Keystone during the first twenty-minutes, which produced 6 lead changes and eight ties; the Hawks took a 33-30 lead to the locker room. Nadeau was 4-of-5 and matched team-high rebounding honors with Xavier Major (4) as 11 Hawks filled the stat-sheet before the break.
The second half played much like the first half ended. Hilbert controlled the pace of the game and built their first double-digit lead by 13:18 (44-34) before the Giants sliced the lead back to three working through a 7-0 run (46-43).
Over the next ninety-five seconds, Hilbert responded by scoring 16-unanswered points to put the game out of hand. Nadeau was credited with 7 points and Smith added 5 in the run that gave Hilbert a 62-43 lead.
During that same time frame, Keystone reached the 10-foul limit which gave the hosts two free throw attempts after each foul with 8:40 left in the game. Hilbert struggled at the line, sinking only 8 of their 16 attempts before the final horn.
Anthony Hodge is a Premier Basketball League Player
Basketball Life continues for Anthony Hodge after his 2013 graduation from Hilbert College. The 5’8 point guard holds a roster spot on the Buffalo716ers basketball team which is a regional team in the Premier Basketball League (PBL). The 716ers opened their season this week with a road loss to the four-time PBL champions, the Rochester Razersharks (108-92).
Hodge had a huge impact on the success of the men’s basketball program in the season and a half after transferring the to the Hamburg institution in January 2012. Hodge never started a game his first semester but provided quality minutes off the bench, averaging 16 minutes a game while pumping in 8 points and almost 2 steals and 2 assists per game. He quickly became a mainstay in the Hawks offensive production and defensive schemes helping them finish in fourth place and qualify for the AMCC play-offs.
During Hodge’s senior year, the men’s basketball team reach new heights since Hilbert joined the AMCC league nine years ago. The Hawks finished the regular season with a 20-5 overall record, a 14-4 league record, as co-champions of the regular season and the right to host the AMCC championship weekend as the number-one seeded team; all of these were ‘firsts’ for the program. Hodge became an AMCC 1st Team All-Conference selection and also helped his coach, Rob deGrandpre, gather his first AMCC Coach of the Year award.
Individually, Hodge led the Hawks with 16.7 points along with 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game. His quickness and determination to score created problems for opponents who tended to foul him if he didn’t get a good look at the rim. Hodge led the Hawks at the foul line with 129 attempts, almost double what his big-men inside shot.
Hodge graduated from Hilbert with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in May 2013 after transferring with a degree from Clinton Community College.