Men's basketball wins ninth straight, eclipses 100 points again

Kena Gilmour '20 (Nateesa Benton photo)
Kena Gilmour '20 (Nateesa Benton photo)

Five Hamilton College players scored in double figures and the Continentals posted a 102-83 win against the Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchmen in the 38th playing of the Moravian College Men's Basketball Roosevelt's 21st Greyhound Classic at Johnston Hall on Saturday night.

Hamilton, which received votes in the most recent D3hoops.com poll, improved its record to 9-0. The Continentals are among the Division III leaders in scoring at 96.1 points per game and they have tallied 100 points three times this season.

Kena Gilmour '20 led Hamilton with 22 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and three steals. The double-double for Gilmour is his second with the Continentals. Tim Doyle '19 drained four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Peter Hoffmann '19 chipped in 13 points and six assists in 18 minutes before fouling out, and Michael Grassey '19 dropped in 13 points.

Hamilton's bench, led by Vince Conn '20 and his 10 points, boasted 37 points. Andrew Groll '19 and Spencer Kendall '21 added nine and eight, respectively. The Continentals shot 51.9 percent from the field, held a 44-33 advantage in rebounds and committed just 12 turnovers.

Lebanon Valley's Andy Orr led all players with 27 points and added seven boards, four assists and two blocked shots. Sam Light poured in 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Zach Tucker scored 10 off the bench. The Flying Dutchmen (8-4 overall) lost for the third time in their last five games.

Neither team led by more than five points during the opening 16-plus minutes of the first half. A layup by Hoffmann put Hamilton in the lead for good at 23-21 with 11:57 left. Two free throws by Light pulled Lebanon Valley within three points at 42-39 with 3:51 remaining. The Continentals closed out the half with a 9-1 run on 3-pointers by Gilmour, Doyle and Mark Lutz '20, and Hamilton went into the break with a 51-40 cushion.

Light opened the second half with a jumper but Hoffmann put the Continentals back up by 11 with a layup just 10 seconds later. Hamilton led by double digits the rest of the evening. The Continentals opened up a 23-point advantage three times late in the second half. A layup by Hoffmann made it 86-63 with 5:48 to go, a jumper by Groll gave Hamilton an 88-65 lead 21 seconds later, and Kendall's basket in the paint put the Continentals on top 90-67 with 5:00 left.

Hamilton puts its perfect record on the line on Sunday, Dec. 31 against the hosts from Moravian at 3:30 p.m. The Greyhounds are 9-2 after an 87-66 victory against Bryn Athyn College on Saturday.