Athletics Update – Jan. 8

Smith Strikes for 27 Points as Hilbert Picks Up AMCC Win

– The Hilbert College men’s basketball team improved to 10-1 after their 101-89 victory over Pitt-Bradford in the Hafner Recreation Center on Wednesday.  With the 10th win in their first 11 games, they established the program’s best start to a season since Hilbert joined the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference over ten years ago.  The Hawks stay a-top the league standings at 5-0 and dropped the Panthers to 1-3.

The senior class propelled Hilbert to their third 100+ point game as they combined for 60% of the team’s scoring.  Sean Weisansal led the Hawks with his first collegiate double-double.  He knocked down 13 of 15 at the foul line and connected on five of his six shots from the floor while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing five assists.

Jerame Owens was proficient from the floor sinking six of seven field goals and all five free throw attempts.  He was one board shy of a matching D-D with Weisansal, but was even with five assists.

Ryan Bradt gave the Hawks quality minutes scoring 14 points, as he helped create another big body in the paint the Panthers had to defend.  And Xavier Major hustled to three offensive rebounds (five total) while adding seven points in the paint.

Sophomore Jalen Smith led the royal and white with 27 points combining a 5-of-8 long distance performance with 8-of-10 at the charity stripe.  Smith also loaded the stat-sheet with three assists, one steal and block in his 35 minutes of action.

Bradford went with their one-two punch all night and Hilbert struggled to find an answer.  Guard Eric Matheson led all scorers with 34 points while Evan Greening muscled the paint for 33 points (two from down town) and 12 rebounds (seven offensive).  They combined for 67 of the Panthers 89 points.

Hilbert jumped out to an early lead and built a double-figure spread with just over five minutes left in the first half.  That 12-point cushion didn’t last long as the Panthers closed the half with a 10-3 spurt.

Bradford, trailing 44-41 at the intermission, blanked the Hawks with a 5-0 run and took their first lead at 18:43 in the second half.   As both teams traded hoops much of the way, the game wasn’t really in Hilbert’s favor until the final three minutes when multiple players were whistled for their final foul.   The game stretched on and Hilbert flushed down 17 of 20 free throws to close out the win.

The Hawks shot 53.6% from the floor and made 36 free throws.

AMCC play continues this weekend when La Roche College and Penn State Altoona travel to Hamburg.  The Hawks host the Redhawks on Saturday (2pm) and then will turn around the next afternoon to square-off against the Lions at 1pm.


Hawks Fall Short In AMCC Game

HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Hilbert College women’s basketball team suffered a 76-53 AMCC defeat on Wednesday night to the Panthers from Pitt-Bradford.  Shannon Rogers posted 14 points and 12 rebounds as the only Hawk to reach double figure, while Ali Rinfrette led three visitors to double digit hits.

Bradford improved to 7-4 and 3-1 in the league and dropped the Hawks to 6-5 and 3-2 after five league games.

Kelsi Ebert finished with eight points and Samantha Heiler, Emily Speidel and Lindsay O’Neil all collected seven points.  Katelyn Proycleared seven rebounds (five points) and was credited with three blocks.

Heiler got the Hawks on the board first in the opening quarter and that 2-0 score was Hilbert’s only lead of the game.  Bradford hit a three-pointer on their next trip and when Ebert connected on a traditional three-point play, the final tie of the game was created at 8:27 (5-5).  Missed shots by the hosts and successful outside shooting from Bradford sent the teams to the quarter break at 18-13.

The Hawks defense held tight in the opening minutes of 2nd Q as they limited the Panthers’ point production.  When Speidel hit the long ball at 7:11, Hilbert trailed by just two (21-19) but Bradford closed the 2nd period with a trio of three-pointers to build back their 36-24 advantage at half.

Twice in the third quarter, Hilbert was able to trim the difference to six points – both times off 3-point shots (Seidel andJennifer Colvin).  As they did prior, the Panthers found space to fire from beyond the arc and took the wind out of Hilbert’s sails.  Bradford doubled-up the royal and white on the score board (25-11) in the final period to claim the road win.

Hilbert shot 38.3% from the floor but 27.3% from 3-point land.  Bradford was a little better at 41.9% but made 12 shots from downtown.

AMCC play continues this weekend when La Roche College and Penn State Altoona travel to Hamburg.  The Hawks host the Redhawks on Saturday (4pm) and then will turn around the next afternoon to square-off against the Lions at 3pm.