Hamilton basketball fans celebrate the men's basketball championship win.
Hamilton College shot better than 67 percent from the floor in the second half and the Continentals came from behind in a 71-59 win against the Colby College Mules in the 2023 NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship final at Williams College’s Chandler Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
Eric Anderson cuts the winning net following the victory at the men's NESCAC basketball championship
Eric Anderson ’23 cuts the winning net following the victory at the men's NESCAC basketball championship. Photo: Sam Howard ’23

Hamilton (19-8 overall), which was ranked fifth in Region I by the NCAA going into the weekend, earned the conference’s automatic bid to the 2023 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship. They will face Montclair State University (22-5) in the first round of the tournament on Friday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. (See the full tournament bracket.)

How It Happened

  • The Mules took their largest lead of 12 points at 35-23 on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Will King 29 seconds into the second half.
  • The Continentals responded with a 22-5 run that tilted the advantage in their favor.
  • Conner Rood '23 started the rally with 17:38 left on a 3-pointer from the right wing for Hamilton's first made basket from beyond the arc all afternoon.
  • Teja Singh '25 made a driving layup on the left side and Rood followed with a one-handed pull-up jumper in the lane that made it 35-30.
  • Hank Morgan '25 went in for a layup and added a short turnaround jumper in the lane that pulled the Continentals within two at 38-36.
  • Singh buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 39-38 Hamilton lead. Colby then turned the ball over and called a timeout with 12:03 remaining.
  • Singh nailed a pull-up jumper at the free-throw line and put the Continentals ahead for good at 41-40 with 10:33 to go.
  • Singh added a turnaround jumper just outside the left side of the lane and Morgan canned a one-hander off the glass outside the lane on the right side for a 45-40 lead.
  • After the Mules cut their deficit to one point at 45-44, Morgan drove into the lane and drew the defense towards him before he turned and passed to Eric Anderson '23 for a 3-pointer from straightaway. Hamilton Head Coach Adam Stockwell immediately signaled for a timeout with 7:07 left.
  • Colby missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Rood came down and converted a layup for a 50-44 advantage. Lucas Green drew the Mules within four with a layup on the next possession.
  • The Continentals put Colby away at that point with a 10-2 spurt. Anderson powered in for a layup from the right side and then swished a 3-pointer from the right wing.
  • After two free throws by King, Anderson passed to Regan for a layup from the right side. An Anderson free throw and a turnaround jumper by Morgan outside the left side of the lane made it 60-48 with 3:32 remaining.
  • Alex McGovern made two free throws for the Mules, but Rood responded with an eight-footer in the lane and added an offensive rebound and putback for a 14-point cushion at 64-50 with 2:13 to go.
  • Colby didn't get closer than eight points in the final two minutes. The Mules went more than seven minutes without a field goal midway through the second half and nearly five minutes without one late in the half.
  • Neither team led by more than one possession in the first half until King's jumper made it 18-13 in Colby's favor with 7:32 left.
  • Hamilton trailed by four at 23-19 with 5:01 remaining, but the Mules went on a 9-2 run the rest of the half and took a 32-21 advantage into the break.
  • The Continentals won their first conference title since joining the NESCAC for basketball prior to the 2011-12 season. Hamilton also reached the 2019 final.
  • The Continentals have won nine of their last 10 games with the only loss during that span coming at Colby on Feb. 11.
  • Hamilton was the No. 2 seed for the championship after the Continentals tied for first place in the conference standings with a 7-3 NESCAC record.
  • Rood was 10 of 16 from the field and finished with a team-high 22 points.
  • Morgan scored 15 points and Singh added 14. Morgan leads the team with 14.0 points per game and Singh has reached double figures in nine of the last 10.
  • Anderson added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds off the bench. He scored all 10 after halftime.
  • King paced sixth-seeded Colby with 22 points as he was 8-for-10 from the line.
  • Green chipped in 15 points in 19 minutes off the bench.
  • It was a tale of two halves for the Mules as they were 14 of 28 from the floor in the first half and just 7 of 25 in the second.
  • Hamilton missed all nine of its 3-point shots and didn't get a single offensive rebound in the first 20 minutes.
  • The Continentals heated up in the second half as they went 4 of 7 from long range and an incredible 15 of 21 from inside the arc.
  • Colby leads the NESCAC with more than 10 made 3-pointers per game, but Hamilton's defense limited the Mules to just 5 of 19 shooting from long range.

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