No. 24 men’s basketball tops Wells by 36 points, still unbeaten

Michael Grassey ’19 (Josh McKee photo)
Michael Grassey ’19 (Josh McKee photo)

The nationally ranked No. 24 Hamilton College men's basketball team topped Wells College 97-61 on Friday afternoon at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.

Hamilton (11-0 overall) will open its NESCAC schedule at Trinity College (9-2) on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. as the only undefeated team left in the conference and one of five undefeated teams remaining in Division III.

Michael Grassey '19 went 7-for-9 from the floor with two threes for 18 points and collected 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Kena Gilmour '20 scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half and added eight rebounds and two steals. Peter Hoffmann '19 dropped in 15 points and collected seven boards. Mark Lutz '20 added 13 points and Tim Doyle '19 dished out five assists.

The Continentals shot 43.5 percent (10 of 23) from three-point range, held a 42-20 advantage in points in the paint and forced 23 turnovers.

Rich Ross totaled 16 points, seven rebounds and two steals for Wells (2-9). Anthony Nesci and Macho DeJesus each contributed 11 points and DeJesus grabbed five rebounds.

There were three lead changes during the first six minutes before a three-pointer by DeJesus gave the Express a 10-7 lead. Wells added two more three-point buckets by Zach D'Arpino and Ross to gain its largest lead at 20-11 with 11:33 remaining in the opening half before Jack Dwyer '18 (five points) swished two free throws to ignite the Hamilton offense. Dwyer -- the starting point guard the last two seasons -- missed the first 10 games with an injury.

Grassey and Gilmour drained back-to-back baskets from downtown and Hoffmann tipped in an offensive board to get Hamilton within one point at 22-21 with 9:34 remaining in the first half. David Dames added a layup for Wells to get back a three-point edge, but Gilmour and Hoffmann teamed up for seven unanswered points to give Hamilton the lead for good. The Continentals went on a 15-4 run in the final five minutes of the half for a 47-32 advantage at the break.

Hamilton cruised to victory in the second half behind the perfect shooting efforts of Lutz and Sayo Denloye '20. Lutz notched 11 points in the last half alone, going 4-for-4 from the floor with a trio of threes. Denloye connected on all six of his free throws and added a layup for eight points through the last seven minutes.