Men's basketball co-champs of Hamilton Invitational
The Hamilton College Continentals improved their record to 6-0 with a 66-62 win against the Lycoming College Warriors in the 2014 Hamilton Invitational at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Nov. 30.
The Continentals and St. Lawrence University were crowned co-champions of the six-team tournament as both posted 2-0 records in the event. Hamilton's Joseph Lin '15 was selected a co-outstanding player along with St. Lawrence's Brady Condlin. The Continentals' Karl Koster '18 made the all-tournament team.
Wes Wilbur '17 paced Hamilton with a career-high 14 points and added nine rebounds and two blocked shots off the bench. Lin, who was a reserve as well, chipped in 12 points and a game-high five assists. Jack Dwyer '18 made all four of his shot attempts and finished with 12 points, and Koster dropped in 11 points and blocked two shots. The Continentals held a 47-37 advantage on the glass.
Nykolas King '17 made the all-tournament team for Lycoming (3-3 overall). King scored 13 points in 24 minutes off the bench. Justin Iton '18 recorded 12 points and seven rebounds, and Alex Newbold '18 had 11 points and three of the Warriors' 12 steals. Malcolm Covington '15 handed out four assists. Lycoming's pressure defense helped force 21 Hamilton turnovers.
The Warriors led 43-38 after a layup by Iton with 16:42 left in the second half. They didn't make another basket for more than eight minutes as the Continentals turned a five-point deficit into a five-point lead with an 11-1 run. Jack Donnelly '16 started the spurt with two free throws and, after Lycoming's Chris Wallace '18 went 1-for-2 at the line, Wilbur made a free throw and a layup.
Koster put Hamilton in the lead for good at 45-44 with a layup with 12:04 remaining. He added another one a little more than a minute later, and Dwyer drove into the lane for a basket and a 49-44 lead with 9:44 to go.
The Continentals couldn't pull away from the Warriors down the stretch as their lead was never more than five points in the final 12 minutes. Lycoming pulled within one point on two occasions.
Dwyer gave Hamilton a five-point cushion at 62-57 with two free throws with 31 seconds left. Wallace responded with a layup with 16 seconds remaining but Wilbur drained two more at the line and the Continentals were up by five again with 14 seconds to go. Covington cut the Warriors' deficit to two points at 64-62 with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 10 seconds left but Lin clinched the victory for Hamilton with two free throws with 6.1 seconds remaining.
The Continentals went 16-for-23 at the line in the second half. Meanwhile, Lycoming shot just 30.3 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
The first half featured four ties and six lead changes. The Warriors' 13-7 advantage a little more than four minutes in represented the largest lead of the afternoon for either team. Lycoming was in front for most of the first half but held a slim 32-31 edge at the break.
Hamilton travels to Cazenovia College for a non-conference game on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.