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HAMILTON BREEZES TO FIRST ROUND WIN, 102-68

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Posted March 5, 1998
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Hamilton College used a dominating first-half run led by senior guard Kevin Thorpe en route to taking a 28-point halftime lead, and kept the pressure on in the second half as the Continentals cruised to a 102-68 win over SUNY-Geneseo in the first round of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament.

Thorpe spearheaded a 23-3 run midway through the first half as the third-seeded Continentals turned a five-point game (16-11) into a commanding 39-14 lead from which the Blue Knights could never recover. During that stretch, Thorpe hit four of his five three-pointers and had 14 points, and finished the game with 20 points.

Junior Michael Schantz, who put the exclamation point on the run with a rim-jarring dunk, led Hamilton with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Schantz hit his first 10 free throws, and connected on 11 of 19 shots from the field. Junior Jon Schmiegel added 16 points and 14 rebounds, while junior Max Stroman chipped in with 10 points, seven assists and four rebounds. As a team, the Continentals had 29 assists, falling just five assists short of tying the NCAA Division III tournament record.

The sixth-seeded Blue Knights were led by Jeff Dyl, who had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Craig Stolzberg added 14 points, including four three-pointers. The SUNYAC champs finish the season with a 15-13 record.

Hamilton (16-9) travels to Rochester, NY to take on St. John Fisher College on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. The second-seeded Cardinals have a 22-3 record, and beat Geneseo twice in the regular season, including a 88-55 win at Fisher.

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