Men's basketball edges New Paltz in overtime
Hamilton College's Joseph Lin '15 scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds off the bench as the Continentals defeated the SUNY New Paltz Hawks 58-55 in overtime in a non-conference game at New Paltz's Hawk Center on Nov. 15.
Hamilton (1-0 overall) outscored the Hawks 5-2 in the extra session. The Continentals led 37-28 at the half.
Kyle Pitman '17 posted career bests of 12 points and eight boards for Hamilton. Jack Donnelly '16 tied a career-high with 11 points and Carlos Fineman '17 added eight. Jack Dwyer '18 handed out a game-high six assists and pulled down eight rebounds in his first game for the Continentals.
Taylor Sowah recorded a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds for New Paltz (0-1). Alex Perlman made 7 of 10 shots off the bench and finished with a game-high 17 points. Eric Regenbogen and Kevin Roach were credited with four steals apiece.
Pitman kicked off the overtime period by scoring on the Continentals' first possession. After more than three minutes of scoreless play, Donnelly made two free throws to make it a four-point game at 57-53.
Perlman got fouled and hit two free throws on the Hawks' next trip down the floor to make it 57-55 with 1:10 remaining. Despite forcing the Continentals into a turnover on their next possession, New Paltz was unable to hit the tying bucket. Peter Kazickas '15 made 1 of 2 free throws on Hamilton's next possession, and New Paltz could not knock down the tying 3-pointer as time ran out.
New Paltz made a run late in the second half, turning a 51-47 deficit into a 52-51 lead on the strength of a 5-0 run. Dylan Balducci's 3-pointer capped the scoring spree with 2:21 left. The Continentals reclaimed the lead with 1:12 left as Pitman knocked down a jumper, but Sowah made the back end of two free throws and knotted the game at 53-all with 23 seconds left.
Following a New Paltz timeout, Hamilton milked the clock all the way down to two seconds before Lin misfired on a jumper, and Sowah grabbed the rebound and forced the overtime session.
It was a low-scoring affair from the get-go with the first field goal coming 2:13 into the game and the second one coming 5:22 into the contest as Hamilton took a 4-1 lead. The Continentals seized a 12-7 advantage after a Pitman 3-pointer before New Paltz went on a 7-0 run. A Perlman layup gave the Hawks a 14-12 lead. Hamilton went on an 8-1 scoring spree at the end of the half and entered the break with a 37-28 cushion.
A 6-0 spurt midway through the second half pulled the Hawks within two points at 42-40, and that ultimately set the stage for the stretch run.
Hamilton held a 54-45 advantage on the glass and blocked seven shots. Both teams were cold from the floor as the Continentals shot 30.8 percent and the Hawks were even worse at 29 percent. The teams combined to commit 41 turnovers.
Hamilton hosts SUNY Polytechnic for another non-conference game on Wednesday, Nov. 19. New Paltz visits Vassar College on Tuesday.