No. 18 men’s basketball exceeds 100 points in NESCAC victory

Michael Grassey ’19 scored a career-high six three-pointers and 27 points (Josh McKee photo).
Michael Grassey ’19 scored a career-high six three-pointers and 27 points (Josh McKee photo).

The nationally ranked No. 18 Hamilton College men's basketball team remained undefeated with a 102-77 NESCAC victory over Connecticut College at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Saturday afternoon.

The Continentals (14-0, 3-0 NESCAC) led the whole way as they shot 48.7 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from three-point range, had a 46-32 advantage in points in the paint and committed just six turnovers.

Michael Grassey '19 and Peter Hoffmann '19 both recorded new career highs with 27 points apiece. Grassey drained a career-high six 3-pointers and recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 boards. Hoffmann went 11-for-12 from the field and gathered four of Hamilton's 11 steals. Kena Gilmour '20 and Vince Conn '20 each scored 11 points. Tim Doyle '19 and Joe Pucci '18 both added six points. Doyle dished out five assists and Jack Dwyer '18 served up six.

David Labossiere led Conn. College (6-10, 0-4) with 18 points and added seven rebounds. Ben Bagnoli scored 13 points and Phil Leotsakos added nine. Dan Draffan collected a team-high eight rebounds.

Pucci swished a three just eight seconds into the first half to start a 10-0 Hamilton run that ended with a Hoffmann layup at 17:44. Labossiere replied 22 seconds later with a layup to get the Camels on the scoreboard, but the Continentals held the visitors to just six points in the opening five minutes to gain a 16-6 lead. Hoffmann extended Hamilton's advantage with an old-fashioned three-point play at 14:21 and followed with a layup 25 seconds later to make the score 21-6.

Hamilton maintained a 15-point cushion until Dwyer found Grassey twice for back-to-back three-pointers, extending the Continentals' lead to 17 points with 8:31 left in the first half. Pucci and Gilmour hit back-to-back threes to give Hamilton its first 20-point lead at 42-22 with 4:48 left. The Camels got back within 16 points by outscoring Hamilton 14-8 to close the first half with a 52-36 deficit.

Hoffmann opened the second half by scoring all 10 of Hamilton's points, and Grassey hit his fourth three at the 15:54 mark to extend the Continentals' lead to 25 points at 67-42. The junior duo continued their dominant play as Hoffmann scored seven unanswered points and Grassey drilled a jumper from deep range to complete a 10-0 run, making the score 77-44 for Hamilton's largest lead with 14:10 left in the second half.

The Camels started a 12-4 run halfway through the second to get back within 22 points at 87-65, but Grassey hit his final three and Spencer Kendall '21 sailed above the defenders to put back an offensive board for a 92-65 cushion with 5:48 remaining. The Continentals never relaxed as Vince Conn '20 and Matthew Moros '18 hurled in back-to-back three-pointers in the final two minutes and pushed Hamilton over the century mark for the fourth time this season.

Hamilton hosts SUNY Geneseo on Tuesday, Jan. 16 for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.