Men's basketball racks up 112 points in win at SUNY Polytechnic

Joe Pucci '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Joe Pucci '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

Hamilton College's Joe Pucci '18 poured in a career-high 29 points and the undefeated Continentals posted a 112-96 men's basketball win against SUNY Polytechnic Institute in non-conference action at SUNY Poly's Campus Center Gym on Wednesday night.

Hamilton is 7-0 for the first time since 2014-15. The Continentals went over 100 points for the second time this season and they are averaging more than 96 per game. Hamilton has won eight in a row against the Wildcats and the Continentals lead the all-time series, 32-2.

Pucci tied the team record for 3-pointers in a game as he missed his first two attempts and then made his last nine. Hamilton was 15 of 29 from long range as a team. The Continentals shot 61.5 percent from the floor, which was their best performance since they made 63 percent of their shots against Vassar College on Dec. 10, 2011.

Hamilton's Kena Gilmour '20 dropped in 18 points and tied a game high with seven rebounds. Peter Hoffmann '19 and Vince Conn '20 chipped in 13 points apiece, and Michael Grassey '19 scored 12. Spencer Kendall '21 added nine points off the bench and Tim Doyle '19 handed out five assists.

Redell Freeman paced SUNY Poly (4-2 overall) with 19 points and eight assists. Kevin Williams contributed 17 points and seven boards, Tymeek Mackie finished with 11 points and Kerim Gredelj had 10. The Wildcats shot 53.8 percent from the field but went 20-for-34 (58.8 percent) at the free-throw line and committed 21 turnovers.

The score was tied once -- at 2-2 -- and a 3-pointer by Pucci gave the Continentals the lead for good at 5-2 just 93 seconds into the first half. SUNY Poly managed to stay within reach of Hamilton, which didn't go up by double digits until a layup by Conn made it 28-18 with 11:24 left.

The Wildcats were still just eight points back at 37-29 after a Freeman jumper with 7:18 remaining, but an 18-2 run gave the Continentals a 24-point cushion and they led by no fewer than 12 the rest of the night. Gilmour scored five points and Conn had seven during the spurt that featured four baskets from long range. Gilmour's 3-pointer put Hamilton up 55-31 with 3:52 to go.

The Wildcats climbed back to within 15 points at 58-43 at the break as Williams had 13 points and Grassey scored all 12 of his during the opening 20 minutes. The Continentals drained 10 shots from beyond the arc in the first half while SUNY Poly didn't make any.

A basket in the paint by Williams less than two minutes into the second half cut the Wildcats' deficit to 12 points at 60-48. Hamilton scored 10 straight midway through the second half and took its largest lead of 26 points at 89-63 after Conn made two free throws with 10:15 left. Pucci was a perfect 4 of 4 from 3-point range and finished with 12 points in the final 20 minutes.

The Continentals return home for another non-conference game against Bard College on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.