Men's basketball breezes past Vassar
Ken Click '13 scored a game-high 16 points and blocked three shots to lead Hamilton College to an 84-44 rout of Vassar College in a Liberty League men's basketball game at Vassar's Athletics and Fitness Center on Jan. 22.
Click was 8 of 10 from the field as his hook shot was dialed in. Tom McInerney '14 added 12 points off the bench for the winners. Eric Benvenuti '13 chipped in nine points and six rebounds, Pat Sullivan '12 and Matt Dean '14 posted nine points apiece, and Marlon Bascombe '14 had eight. Jon Ciriello '11 grabbed six boards.
Vassar (3-13 overall, 1-4 Liberty) had two leads in the early stages as Caleb McGraw '12 scored a layup on one pass after the opening tip. A smooth pull-up jumper by McGraw put the Brewers up for the last time of the afternoon at 4-2 on the game’s third possession.
Hamilton (9-5, 3-2) began to pull away with a 16-5 run initiated by a triple by Dean, and capped off with a fast break finish by Hans Schulte '13 to put Hamilton up 18-9 with 14:21 remaining. Already ahead 34-21 with 7:40 left, the Continentals piled on the lead with an 8-0 run for a 42-21 advantage with 3:40 remaining. Hamilton led 44-23 at the half.
The Continentals held a 36-8 edge in points in the paint, and enjoyed a 39-22 rebounding advantage. Hamilton converted 16 Vassar turnovers into 23 points while the Brewers found only three points off 10 Continental turnovers. Vassar shot just 33.3 percent from the floor, but the Brewers connected on 8 of 17 three-pointers. The Continentals shot an exceptional 60.7 percent from the field, including 6 of 11 from 3-point land.
A bright spot for Vassar was Jon Herzog '13, who crafted his second straight double-digit scoring performance with 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting after returning from injury. Nick Justiz '12 did not miss as he buried three triples for nine points.
Hamilton hosts nationally ranked and 15-0 Middlebury College on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.