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Buffalo State 70 Hamilton 66

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Posted March 6, 1997
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Buffalo State mounted a second-half comeback and defeated Hamilton, 70-66, in a thrilling NCAA Division III Tournament First Round game. Hamilton led the entire first half, taking its largest lead of the game, 30-16, after a Michael Schantz jumper with 4:46 left. The Bengals, however, outscored the Continentals 10-5 the rest of the first half to cut the margin to nine at halftime, 35-26. Hamilton held off several early second-half Buffalo State rallies and increased its lead to 10, 48-38, after a Jon Schmiegel lay-up with 12:49 left. After a controversial double technical foul call that gave Hamilton center JJ Raedts his fourth foul, the momentum swung in Buffalo State's favor. On the very next play, Raedts fouled out and the Bengals closed to within two, 52-50 with 8:45 left. Buffalo State took its first lead of the game (58-57) after a Mike Murphy three-point play with 3:10 remaining. Hamilton, however, regained the lead , 60-59, after a Schantz free throw with 2:15 left. Hamilton got the ball back and after letting the shot clock run down, could not get a shot off. Buffalo State then went a 6-0 run to take a 65-60 lead with 0:47 remaining. Max Stroman then penetrated and was fouled. He hit both free throws to bring Hamilton within three, 65-62, with 0:40 left. Kevin Thorpe then stole the inbounds pass, turned, fired a bullet pass to Kevin Larson, who converted the lay-up and cut the margin to 65-64. Murphy then sank two clutch free throws for Buffalo State and Hamilton missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game. The Bengals then made three out of four free throws to clinch the win. Schantz led Hamilton with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Murphy had 22 for Buffalo State. Hamilton went without a field goal for over 12:00 late in the second half. Buffalo State plays at RIT, a 55-54 winner over Rochester.

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