Men's basketball wins season opener by 10
Hamilton College's Matt Hart '16 poured in a game-high 24 points and the Continentals defeated the Keuka College Storm 70-60 in a non-conference game at Keuka's Weed Physical Arts Center on Nov. 15.
Greg Newton '14 chipped in 13 points and six assists for Hamilton. Bradley Gifford '15 was the other scorer in double figures for the Continentals with 10 points, and he grabbed a team-best six rebounds. Ajani Santos '16 added seven points in 15 minutes off the bench. Hamilton made 17 free throws while Keuka attempted just seven.
Tyler Hixson dropped in 21 points and pulled down six boards for the Storm. Adam Starks contributed 11 points before he fouled out and Trevor Healey finished with 10. Vinney Zambito was credited with six assists. Keuka hauled in 16 offensive rebounds and finished with a 37-30 advantage on the glass.
The Continentals (1-0 overall) scored the first eight points and held the lead until midway through the first half when a three-point play by Starks put the Storm in front 21-20 with 7:55 left in the first half. There were three lead changes and a pair of ties the rest of the half.
A jumper by Hixson knotted the score at 28 but Hamilton closed the half with a 7-0 run and never trailed again. Gifford started the spurt with a jumper and Hart followed with a 3-pointer. A layup by Wes Wilbur '17 with 18 seconds to go gave the Continentals a 35-28 lead at the break.
Keuka (0-1) pulled within one point at 38-37 early in the second half and still trailed by just three at 53-50 with 9:36 remaining. Hamilton scored the next seven points and recorded its first double-digit lead of the night. Newton started the mini-run with a jumper and Santos made an old-fashioned three-point play. Another layup by Santos made it 60-50 with 5:24 to go and the Storm didn't get within eight points the rest of the way.
The Continentals continue their season-opening road trip at Keystone College on Saturday, Nov. 16.