Hamilton, Farmingdale State advance in men's basketball Thanksgiving Tournament
Five players scored in double figures to lead Hamilton College to an 86-55 win over Berkeley College (N.Y.) in the second game of the Hamilton Thanksgiving Tournament at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Nov. 26. A.J. Matthews '13 posted a game-high 28 points and 16 rebounds to power Farmingdale State College past SUNY Cobleskill 79-66 in the opener.
Hamilton (4-0 overall) and Farmingdale State will play for the tournament title on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m., and Cobleskill will take on Berkeley in the consolation game at 1.
Joseph Lin '15 and Pat Sullivan '12 led the Continentals with 12 points each. Lin dished out a game-high six assists, and Sullivan chipped in six rebounds and two steals. Eric Benvenuti '13 scored 11 points, while Greg Newton '14 and Bradley Gifford '15 added 10 apiece. Gifford led the team with eight rebounds.
Jose Stable '14 paced the Knights with a game-high 21 points and 15 rebounds to go along with a team-high three assists. Kaseem Williams '13 added 15 points and a game-high three steals.
There were three ties and eight lead changes through the first 14 minutes, 39 seconds. The Continentals took the lead for good with a 15-3 run to end the half. Benvenuti scored eight points during the spurt, including a 3-pointer with 4:34 remaining to give Hamilton a 23-20 lead. The Continentals led 35-23 at halftime.
Hamilton opened the second half with a 27-6 run and enjoyed its biggest lead of 33 points at 62-29 with 10:51 left. The closest Berkeley (3-3) was able to get the rest of the way was 24 points.
In the first game, Matthews was 12-for-15 from the floor. Ryan Tierney '12 and Dyshaun Flournoy '12 each chipped in 13 points, and Tierney pulled down 14 rebounds. Ryan Davis '13 led the Rams with six assists, while Josh Smith '12 posted a game-high five steals.
Brendan Doherty '12 led the Fighting Tigers with 19 points and a team-high six assists. Clint Foster '12 scored 18 points, and Jessie Allison '13 chipped in 11. Dustin Van Lieu '14 led the team with six rebounds. Doherty and Foster made five 3-pointers apiece.
After Cobleskill (0-5) held a 15-11 advantage with 7:33 remaining in the first half, Farmingdale State scored the next 16 points to make it 27-15 with 1:15 left. A dunk by Matthews with just four seconds on the clock gave the Rams a 29-18 lead at the break.
Farmingdale State (3-1) scored the first seven points of the second half, and led by double-digits the rest of the way. The closest the Fighting Tigers got to the Rams in the second half was 12 points. Farmingdale State shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half to seal a spot in the championship game.