The nationally ranked No. 18 Hamilton College men's basketball team hosts two NESCAC games against No. 14 Wesleyan University on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. and Connecticut College on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.
Hamilton (12-0, 1-0 NESCAC) opened their NESCAC schedule with a convincing 78-55 win over Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. on Jan. 7. The Continentals were held under 89 points for just the second time all season and they are averaging 94.8 per game, ranking them ninth in Division III. Hamilton enters the weekend as one of four undefeated teams remaining in the country.
Four Continentals average double figures in scoring. Kena Gilmour '20 leads the NESCAC with 18.5 points per game and collects a team-high 7.3 rebounds. Peter Hoffmann '19 scores 14.1 points per game and shoots 59.7 from the field. Tim Doyle '19 and Michael Grassey '19 both drop in over 13 points per contest. Doyle, Grassey and Joe Pucci '18 each shoot above 40 percent from three-point range.
Wesleyan (10-2, 1-1 NESCAC) began their season 9-0 before losing two straight against Springfield College (72-67) on Dec. 31 and then-No. 11 Williams College (76-68 OT) on Jan. 5, but quickly rebounded on Jan. 6 with an 80-70 upset over then-No. 4 Middlebury College.
The Cardinals average 78.9 points per game, 46.6 percent from the field, and 32.8 percent from three. Wesleyan leads the conference with 9.4 steals per game, seven blocks per game, and by holding its opponents to just 36 percent from the field.
Jordan Bonner leads the team and ranks third in the NESCAC with 16.9 points per game. Nathan Krill scores 12.6 points per game and collects a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game. Kevin O'Brien (8.4 ppg), J.R. Bascom (7.5 ppg), and Jordan James (6.8 ppg) each shoot over 60 percent from the field, ranking them all in the top-five of the conference.
Last season, the Continentals upset the then-No. 9 Cardinals 92-76 at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. Andrew Groll '19 helped lead Hamilton to victory with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Wesleyan controls the 14-7 all-time series record since the 1905-06 season.
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Conn. College (6-8, 0-2 NESCAC) defeated Fisher College 79-70 on Jan. 9 to snap a three-game losing streak that included two NESCAC setbacks to then-No. 4 Middlebury (82-60) on Jan. 5 and then-No. 11 Williams (91-57) on Jan. 6.
The Camels average 73 points per game, 44.4 percent from the field, and 35.9 percent from three-point range. Conn. College tips-off at Amherst College on Friday night before visiting Hamilton.
David Labossiere is fifth in the NESCAC with 16.7 points per game and shoots 40.8 percent from downtown. Dan Draffan puts in 14.1 points per game and Phil Leotsakos adds 9.5 points per contest. Labossiere, Draffan, and Leotsakos all shoot above 46 percent from the field and collect at least 5.4 rebounds per game.
Hoffmann drained 21 points and had a career-high seven blocked shots as Hamilton defeated Conn. College 86-70 at home last season. The Continentals have won five of the last six contests against the Camels to take control of the 7-6 all-time series record.