Men's basketball drops close game to Keystone

Matt Hart '16
Matt Hart '16

Greg Westry '13 scored 22 points and Duncan Lunsford '15 added 21 off the bench as Keystone College topped Hamilton College 73-67 in a non-conference game at Hamilton’s Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Nov. 29.

Westry recorded three of the Giants' 12 steals and grabbed six rebounds. Miles Dargan '15 chipped in 13 points and Mike Kelly '13 scored all 11 of his in the second half, including the 1,000th of his career. Mark Musumeci '13 tied a team-high with six rebounds and Alex Smith '14 posted game highs of five assists and four steals.

Greg Newton '14 recorded his first career double-double for the Continentals with 13 points and a career-high 10 boards. Matt Hart '16 contributed a season-high 15 points and was 3 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Ken Click '13 scored 14 points, including 10 in the first half. Bradley Gifford '15 picked up eight rebounds off the bench and Peter Kazickas '15 and Joseph Lin '15 were credited with four assists apiece.

Keystone (2-3 overall) jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Continentals tied the game on four occasions, and took their first lead at 12-11 on a layup by Click. On the ensuing possession, Dargan knocked down a three, and then Lunsford made a layup to make it a four-point game.

After Hart drained his first three, the Giants went on a 19-4 run that included four 3-pointers by Lunsford, Westry and Tim Benedix '13. Keystone led 35-19 with 4:49 left in the first half.

Hamilton (2-3) used an 11-3 spurt to close out the half and cut the Giants' lead to single digits. Click and Newton scored two baskets apiece to pull within 11 before Hans Schulte ’13 was fouled with one second left. After making the first shot, Schulte missed the second, but grabbed his own rebound and made the putback as time expired. Keystone led 38-30 at the break.

Westry opened the second half with two free throws, but Hamilton came out firing and tied the game at 45-45 with 14:29 remaining. Hart started the 15-5 run with the first dunk for the Continentals this season. Layups by Click and Marlon Bascombe '14 and a 3-pointer by Hart cut the deficit to three. Another basket by Bascombe and field goals by Kazickas and Gifford made things even.

With the score tied at 51-51, the Giants attempted to pull away with a 6-0 run. The Continentals battled back to tie the score at 59-59 on 3-pointers by Newton and Hart and a jumper by Click.

Following a free throw by Dargan, Lin made a shot inside the paint to give Hamilton its second lead of the night at 61-60. Westry and Newton traded the next four baskets and the Continentals held a 65-54 lead with 3:43 to play.

On the Giants' next possession, Kelly's layup sparked a 9-0 run that gave the visitors the lead for good. Keystone knocked down six of its last seven free throws, including four by Kelly, to seal the victory.

Hamilton enjoyed a dominating performance on the boards as the Continentals outrebounded Keystone, 49-33. The Giants forced 19 turnovers and only committed seven. Keystone converted 20 of 26 free throws and Hamilton was just 7-for-16 at the line. The Continentals shot 45.2 percent (28-62) from the field and the Giants shot 37.7 percent (23-61) from the floor.

Hamilton welcomes SUNY Institute of Technology to campus for a non-conference matchup on Saturday, Dec. 1. Keystone returns home for a game with Baptist Bible College on Monday, Dec. 3.

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