Men's basketball remains undefeated with win at Bard
Hamilton College shot 63.6 percent from the field in the second half and the Continentals rallied for a 60-54 non-conference win against the Bard College Raptors at Bard's Stevenson Athletic Center on Nov. 25.
Peter Kazickas '15 scored a career-high 21 points for Hamilton (4-0 overall). Kazickas was 8 of 10 from the field, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range, and made all three of his free-throw attempts.
Wes Wilbur '17 tied a career-best with 12 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench for the Continentals. Wilbur also scored 12 points in Saturday's win against Keuka College. Joseph Lin '15 dropped in nine points and handed out a career-high eight assists off the bench, and Ajani Santos '16 recorded a collegiate-best four blocked shots.
Siondueh Burnette paced the Raptors (2-3) with 19 points and DeVahnte Mosley added a game-high 11 boards and dished out five assists off the bench. Bard held a 36-25 advantage on the glass, including 16 offensive rebounds, but shot 33.3 percent from the floor.
Burnette's 3-point play tied the score for the seventh and final time at 46-46 with 8:58 left. A layup by Wilbur put Hamilton in front for good and a Jack Donnelly '16 jumper made it 50-46 with 8:14 remaining.
It was still a one-point game at 54-53 after Mosley made a layup with 3:02 to go. That turned out to be the last field goal of the night for the Raptors as the Continentals ended the game with a 6-1 run. Kazickas converted a 3-point play for a 57-53 cushion with 2:50 left and Lin went 1-for-2 at the line with 2:05 remaining. Wilbur accounted for the final margin with two free throws with 20 seconds to go. He scored 10 points in the second half alone. Hamilton's six-point lead at the end was the largest advantage of the game for either team.
Neither team led by more than five points in the first half and there were four ties. Alex Fabean-Scotch made a layup at the buzzer for a 27-26 Bard lead at the break. Burnette opened the second half with a jumper but the Continentals scored the next seven points and the Raptors never led again. Kyle Pitman '17 tied the score at 29-29 with a 3-pointer and Jack Dwyer '18 and Santos put Hamilton up by four with layups.
The Continentals shot 53.3 percent for the game, turned the ball over just 10 times and blocked eight shots.
Hamilton hosts Utica College as part of the six-team 2014 Hamilton Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m.