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Big second half powers men's basketball past Manhattanville

The Hamilton College Continentals shot 75 percent from the floor in the second half and handed the Manhattanville College Valiants (2-4 overall) an 85-69 non-conference loss at Hamilton’s Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Saturday afternoon.

Box score

The Continentals (4-2) made 18 of 24 shots after intermission and pulled away from a 35-35 halftime tie. Matt Hart ’16 led Hamilton with 25 points (two short of his career high) and added three assists and four rebounds. Hart made 10 of 17 field goal tries.

Hamilton climbed out of an early hole by outscoring the Valiants 20-9 over a 10-minute span late in the opening period. The Continentals, who missed five of their first six shots en route to a 15-5 deficit 4:53 into the first half, took their first lead at 32-31 on a Hart layup with 1:42 to go before the break. Hamilton opened the second half with a 15-3 run and led the rest of the way. Hart made a pair of 3-point baskets in that stretch.

The Valiants pulled to within single digits just once in the last 14 minutes at 63-54 after a 7-2 spurt with nine minutes left. Layups by Bradley Gifford ’15 and Matt Dean ’14 on consecutive Hamilton possessions put the hosts back up by 13.

Peter Kazickas ’15 scored 15 points (making seven of eight shots from the floor) and pulled down five rebounds. Kazickas' scoring total was one short of his personal best effort. Gifford added nine points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Greg Newton ’14 scored nine points and led the Continentals with five assists and Dean added eight in just 13 minutes of play.

Jack Bramswig ’14 and Anthony Maestre ’16 led Manhattanville with 21 and 19 points, respectively. Bramswig led all players with nine rebounds and Maestre’s six assists were a game high.

Hamilton is idle until it hosts Morrisville State College on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. The Valiants play host to Hunter College on Monday at 8 p.m.

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