Athletics Update – Jan. 31

Men’s Basketball Beats Cross-town Rival to Remain atop Conference Standings
Four Hawks posted double figure scoring as the Hilbert College men’s basketball team held on to take a 90-85 AMCC victory over Medaille College tonight to improve to 15-3 overall and remain in the top spot in the league with a 10-2 record. The Hawks dropped Medaille to 6-5 and forced them into a two-way tie for 6th place.

Hilbert’s Jerame Owens reached for 19 points and 19 rebounds while sinking one long ball and swiping three steals in the emotional win. He needs just three more rebounds to move into 8th place in Hilbert’s career record books for rebounds in only his second season.

Jordan Kumro continued his hot-hand with a start tonight and chipped in 17 points sinking five of his 10 3-point attempts while adding three assists. Trevor Stark struggled from the field but made up for it at the foul line hitting 8 of his 13 shots and added five more assists and three more steals to his career average.

Nick Nadeau and CJ Hodge were fifty percent shooters from the floor with Nadeau giving Hilbert their fourth double-digit scorer (14 points). Hodge hustling for 8 points, two assists and 1 steal. Hodge is 10 steals away from claiming the 4th highest career steals slot and 14 assists away from moving into #2 on the list.

Hilbert opened the game with a quick jumper and never trailed the rest of the night. The Hawks built their largest lead of nine points in the first half after Kumro sank a 3-pointer at 13:36. Hilbert used a 4-0 run before half time off an Owens dunk followed by an Owens steal which lead to a Sean Weisansal layup.

Kumro hit from downtown after the break which kept the Hawks momentum going. Trevor Stark‘s 3-pointer with 5:27 remaining gave Hilbert their largest lead of the game (76-59). Medaille cut the different to five points late in the game and Hilbert used the clock on their side for the win.

Robby Seyler led the Mavericks with 28 points and had some help from Jammal Coleman who added 22 points.

Hilbert hosts Penn State Altoona this Saturday with a 2pm tip time. The Hawks have only one more home game on their schedule. On February 15, Hilbert will host Pitt-Greensburg while fighting for the number one seed in the AMCC play-offs and will also celebrate senior day for CJ Hodge.

Weaver Nears Milestone in Men’s Volleyball
The Hilbert College men’s volleyball team challenged Penn State Behrend to a 5-set match tonight and Adam Weaver put on a show leading all players with 30 kills in 78 attempts.

Behrend took the first two sets 25-16 and 25-18 before the Hawks responded with a 25-23 and 29-27 bounce-back wins. Hilbert was hot going into the final set, but had too many tactical errors which allowed the Lions to improve to 2-1 as they won the final 15-13 set.

Korey Schwab had a strong hitting night finishing with 18 kills for Hilbert (3-4). It became obvious that Weaver was the go-to-person, so Behrend camped-out at the net and sent three blockers at him often. As a team, Behrend earned six solo blocks and combined for 32-assisted blocks to combat the Hawks offensive weapon.

Behrend’s Nathan Steele had 17 kills (.333) and 8 digs. His play in the fifth set personally beat Hilbert as he ended with 6 of his team’s 8 kills without any hitting errors. Kevin Smith led the Lions with 12 assisted blocks and two solos and 9 kills all at the net. Colin Ingram directed the offense with 28 assists and 7 digs and Ty Sheehan led all players with four service aces.

Hilbert’s Adam Heftka tallied 50 of the team’s 53 assists, while adding seven digs and two service aces. Ryan Ratajczak added 16 digs. Schwab also chipped in nine digs and two service aces. David Mellerski led the Hawks defense with 20 digs and four assisted blocks.

Behrend was impressive in the second set with their 12 points earned from kills and 9 point off of blocks.

Weaver is 18 kills away from hitting 1,000 kills in his career at Hilbert College.

Up next for the Hawks is the competitive Golden Flyer Invitational hosted by Nazareth College this weekend. Hilbert squares off against #7 UC Santa Cruz and #7 Carthage on Friday before they play their rematch against Thiel and 3rd ranked Juniata College on Saturday.

Whitman Nets Career-high in Loss at Medaille
Natalie Whitman
produced a career high scoring effort tonight, but her 33 points were not enough to carry the Hilbert College women’s basketball team in their 69-58 loss at Medaille College. The game was never out of reach for either team, but the Lauren Jensen prevented Hilbert from pulling an upset.

Medaille had three of their six players reach for double figure scoring led by Jensen’s 23. Hilbert got scoring out seven players total, with the next closest contributor being freshman Emily Speidel who netted eight points.

The first half was a back and forth battle with neither team holding a lead of more than four points for most of the 20-minutes. Medaille used a 12-4 run to pull ahead at the break, 32-25.

Jensen led all scorers with 17 points while Whitman trailed with 13.

After the break, Whitman went wild and added 20 more points to her total. While Jensen cooled from the floor (2 of 9), Danielle Reinwald picked up the slack matching Jensen’s first half effort.

Medaille stretched their lead to as many as 16-points with 8 minutes remaining but the closest the Hawks could get was 7 points on two occasions late in the game.

Whitman and Haley Oakes led Hilbert on the glass as each earned six rebounds. Oakes added five assists and three points to the mix. Speidel was credited with four assists.

Hilbert finished the night shooting 40.3% from the field while holding Medaille to 41.4%. Neither team was whistled for many fouls, so trips to the charity stripe were infrequent. Medaille benefited from 21 points off Hilbert’s turnovers to pull the win out.

The Hawks return to action this weekend when they host Penn State Altoona at 4pm in the Hafner Recreation Center. Their next and last home game is set for Saturday February 15, when they host Pitt-Greensburg and will hold their senior day celebrations for Kateland Ball, Jenna Crans (both of whom are graduating after three years) and Natalie Whitman.

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