Men's basketball clips Keuka, moves to 3-0
Hamilton College shot 61 percent from the field in the second half and the undefeated Continentals pulled away for an 82-69 non-conference win against the Keuka College Wolfpack at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Nov. 22.
Joseph Lin '15 scored a career-high 20 points in 20 minutes off the bench for the Continentals (3-0 overall). Lin, who made three 3-pointers in the first half, also handed out five assists. Hamilton has won six of the seven all-time meetings with Keuka.
Ajani Santos '16 chipped in 14 points, six rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots for Hamilton. Jack Donnelly '16 dropped in a career-best 13 points and Wes Wilbur '17 set a career mark with 12 off the bench. Peter Kazickas '15 added six boards and four steals, and Jack Dwyer '18 dished out five assists. The Continentals were credited with 14 steals, which helped force 25 Keuka turnovers.
Casey Williams '16 paced the Wolfpack with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Keuka enjoyed a 35-24 advantage on the glass. Trevor Healey '15 scored 19 points and Greg Tyler '18 had three assists and three steals off the bench.
The Wolfpack (2-2) led 29-28 at the half but Hamilton opened the second half with a 10-0 run as Keuka didn't score for more than five minutes. The Continentals led the rest of the night. Donnelly started the spurt with a 3-pointer and Santos scored six of the 10 points. His two free throws made it 38-29 with 14:52 left.
Healey stopped the scoring drought with a layup 11 seconds later but the damage was done. The Wolfpack pulled within three points on four occasions, the last of which at 47-44 after a Williams layup with 8:26 remaining. Hamilton then put the game away with an 11-0 run. A steal by Kazickas and a layup by Lin ended the run and gave the Continentals a 58-44 cushion with 4:59 to go.
Hamilton's lead fluctuated between eight and 18 points down the stretch. Two free throws by Kyle Pitman '17 gave the Continentals their largest advantage of the night at 67-49 with 2:44 left. Hamilton was 23-for-27 at the line in the second half and made more free throws (28) than Keuka attempted (23) for the game. The Continentals shot 84.8 percent from the charity stripe.
Keuka led just twice all night at 2-0 and at 29-28. Hamilton jumped out to a 19-9 advantage midway through the half but the Wolfpack chipped away and tied the score three times late in the period. With Keuka trailing 28-26, Williams made a layup with a minute remaining and gave the Wolfpack their last lead on a free throw with 30 seconds to go.
The Continentals travel to Bard College for another non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Keuka plays Rochester Institute of Technology in its home opener on Tuesday at 7 p.m.