Greg Newton '14 scored the go-ahead layup with 1.8 seconds remaining to lift Hamilton College to a 60-58 win over Clark University in the championship game of the Hamilton Tip-Off Tournament at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Nov. 19.
Newton finished with a career-high 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the floor. Pat Sullivan '12 added 16 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds, and Hans Schulte '13 tied a career high with 12 points for the Continentals.
Brian Vayda '12 led Clark offensively with 24 points, and Tucker Esborn '13 recorded 19 points and seven rebounds.
Clark (1-2 overall) opened with a 10-0 run, and Hamilton didn't record its first points until Newton finally sank a 3-pointer nearly eight minutes into the game. The Cougars stretched their lead to 23-7 with 5:31 remaining in the first half. Hamilton narrowed the gap during the final five minutes and trailed 29-20 at the break.
The Continentals (2-0) started the second half with a 13-3 run, using seven points from Schulte to take their first lead 33-32 with just over 15 minutes to play. Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the way.
With just over 33 seconds remaining Hamilton called a timeout, and on the ensuing play, Newton buried an open jump shot from the left foul line extended to tie the score at 58.
Clark called a timeout with 22 seconds remaining, but the Continentals were able to force a key turnover on defense with seven seconds left. Newton took the inbounds pass from his own baseline, dribbled the length of the floor through several Clark defenders, and hit a layup to give Hamilton a 2-point lead with 1.8 seconds left.
Clark had a chance to send the game to overtime on the inbounds play, but a final shot came up short, and Hamilton captured the tournament title for the sixth time in seven years.
Corey Ryser '12 led all scorers with 28 points to power Bridgewater State University to an 85-68 victory over SUNY Institute of Technology in the consolation game.
Samuel Johnson '12 added 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and a game-high three blocks. Nathan Miller '12 chipped in 14 points.
T'Andre Richardson '15 led SUNYIT with 20 points and seven rebounds. Derek Rowe '13 recorded a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Yhashin White '13 dished out a game-high seven assists.
Bridgewater State (2-1) raced out to a 16-6 lead just over six minutes in, and led by as many as 16 midway through the half. SUNYIT battled back to within five points at 38-33 at the half.
Bridgewater State opened the second half with a 12-5 run to make it 50-38, and SUNYIT (0-2) didn't get closer than six points the rest of the way. The Bears shot 50 percent from the field and went 20-for-22 (91 percent) at the free-throw line after the break to seal the victory.
TOURNAMENT MVP: Pat Sullivan (Hamilton)
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Greg Newton (Hamilton), Brian Vayda (Clark), Tucker Esborn (Clark), Corey Ryser (Bridgewater State), Derek Rowe (SUNYIT)