Men's basketball edges Hobart, improves to 10-2
Hamilton College's Joseph Lin '15 scored 14 points, including the go-ahead layup with 1:14 left, and the Continentals rallied for a 46-44 non-conference win against Hobart College at Hobart's Bristol Gym on Sunday night.
Hamilton (10-2 overall) won its third straight game -- all away from home in the past six days. This was the 150th all-time meeting between the old Liberty League rivals and the Continentals lead the series, 95-55. Hamilton defeated the Statesmen 62-60 in a 2011 Liberty League Championship semifinal at Hobart the last time the teams met.
Lin, who leads the Continentals with 13.4 points and 5.6 assists per game, also handed out a game-high five assists. Jack Donnelly '16 dropped in 10 points and Ajani Santos '16 grabbed eight rebounds.
Connor Rehbaum '15 paced the Statesmen (5-4) with 10 points. Trey Blanding '15 posted nine points, seven boards and four assists.
Neither team shot well as Hamilton ended up at 37.3 percent, including 2 of 11 from 3-point range, and went 6-for-17 at the free-throw line for 35.3 percent. The Continentals blocked seven shots, which contributed to Hobart shooting just 30.2 percent, including 4 of 26 from beyond the arc. Hamilton opponents are shooting 36.6 percent from the floor this season.
Neither team led by more than seven points. Hobart held a 42-38 advantage after a pair of free throws by Andrew Hoy '15 with 6:16 remaining.
Hamilton closed the game on an 8-2 run with Donnelly scoring five of the points. He made a jumper at the 5:03 mark to cut Hobart's lead to two and buried a 3-pointer just over a minute later to give his team the lead at 43-42.
The Statesmen tied the score at 2:31 when Luke Ruddy '18 made the first of two free-throw attempts, but Lin put Hamilton back in front for good on a layup with 74 seconds to go. Ruddy earned another trip to the free-throw line with 41 seconds left and made the second of his two tries to trim Hobart's deficit to 45-44.
The Statesmen got the ball back with 31 seconds left following a Hamilton turnover but missed a jumper with 13 seconds left. The Continentals were able to add to their lead by going 1-for-3 at the line in the final 10 seconds but left the door open for the Statesmen to tie or go for the win. A half-court heave at the buzzer was blocked by Peter Kazickas '15.
Hobart enjoyed the largest lead of the night at 20-13 with 6:17 left in the first half. Hamilton outscored the Statesmen 9-4 down the stretch to go into the break trailing just 24-22.
The Continentals open NESCAC play at home against nationally ranked No. 15 Amherst College on Friday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.