24th-ranked men's basketball cruises to NESCAC win at Trinity

Kena Gilmour '20 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Kena Gilmour '20 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

Hamilton College's Kena Gilmour '20 poured in 23 points and the nationally ranked No. 24 Continentals routed the Trinity College Bantams 78-55 in NESCAC men's basketball action at Trinity's Oosting Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.

Gilmour also led all players with eight rebounds. He was 8 of 16 from the floor with three 3-pointers and he went 4-for-5 at the free-throw line. He has scored 16 or more points in eight straight games and leads Hamilton in scoring with 18.5 per contest.

Five Continentals scored in double figures. Andrew Groll '19 chipped in 14 in 18 minutes off the bench, and Tim Doyle '19 added 13 points and five assists. Michael Grassey '19 dropped in 12 points and Peter Hoffmann '19 had 10.

Hamilton (12-0, 1-0 NESCAC) shot 40.6 percent from the field and committed just 10 turnovers. The Continentals were held under 89 points for just the second time all season and they are averaging 94.8 per game. Hamilton entered the weekend ranked ninth in Division III in scoring offense and the Continentals are one of just four undefeated teams remaining in the division.

Jeremy Arthur paced the Bantams (10-3, 1-1) with 16 points on the strength of four 3-pointers. Christian Porydzy contributed eight points and five assists, and Eric Gendron registered eight points and four assists. Connor Merinder and Judah Woney grabbed seven boards apiece. Trinity shot 34.4 percent from the field and went just 5-for-9 at the charity stripe. The Bantams entered the day riding a six-game win streak.

Trinity led once at 4-2 after a conventional three-point play by Porydzy. Hamilton countered with a 13-0 run and enjoyed a double-digit advantage for most of the rest of the game. Hoffmann started the spurt with a layup, Gilmour canned a 3-pointer, Grassey followed with an old-fashioned three-point play, and Doyle scored in the paint. After the Bantams called a 30-second timeout, Gilmour capped the run with another basket from beyond the arc that made it 15-4 with 16:23 left.

A layup by Groll off a feed from Jack Dwyer '18 finished a 9-0 run and put the Continentals up by 20 points for the first time at 31-10 with 10:39 remaining in the half. Hamilton took a 46-31 lead into the break. Gilmour finished the half with 15 points and Groll had 11.

The Continentals continued to pour it on after halftime as they opened the second half with a 10-2 run for a 56-33 cushion. Two free throws by Doyle gave Hamilton its largest lead of 31 points at 73-42 with 8:28 to go, and a jumper by Gilmour matched it at 77-46 with 4:24 left. Trinity turned the ball over 10 times in the second half.

The 23-point win for the Continentals is the largest margin of victory for either team in the 26-game history of this series.

Hamilton returns home to Margaret Bundy Scott Field House for another NESCAC game against Wesleyan University on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.