Men's basketball gets defensive in Land of Magic Classic win

Ken Click '13
Ken Click '13

Ken Click '13 scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 16 minutes off the Hamilton College bench, and the Continentals defeated Wartburg College 55-45 in the Land of Magic Classic at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's ICI Center on Dec. 28.

Bradley Gifford '15 dropped in 12 points and Matt Hart '16 added 11 as Hamilton moved back over the .500 mark at 6-5 overall. The Continentals were credited with 14 steals, which helped force 23 Wartburg turnovers. Hans Schulte '13 led the way with five steals, and Gifford and Matt Dean '14 chipped in three apiece.

The 45 points scored by the Knights (5-4 overall) were the lowest total by a Hamilton opponent this season. The game was originally scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, but was moved to 8 p.m. after the Continentals experienced difficulties leaving Central New York thanks to a storm that blanketed the area with at least a foot of snow on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

"Coming off a long break and tough travel conditions, our defense and hustle made the difference in the result," head coach Adam Stockwell said. Our bench gave us great energy."

Wartburg's Eddie Diemer led all players with 16 points and eight boards, but he also committed seven turnovers. Diemer was the only Knight that scored in double figures. Jake Reinhardt ended up with eight points and three steals.

Hamilton led 31-20 at the half, and attempted 12 more shots than Wartburg during the opening 2o minutes. The Knights outscored the Continentals 25-24 after the break. Wartburg was just 7-for-15 at the free-throw line in the second half.

Neither team shot all that well from the floor. Hamilton shot 36 percent (22-61) and the Knights finished at 38.6 percent (17-44). The Continentals were 3 of 18 from beyond the arc, while Wartburg made just 1 of 9 from long range. Hamilton was playing its first game in nearly two weeks. The Continentals' bench accounted for 22 points.

Hamilton takes on Ursinus College for one more game in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday, Dec. 30.

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