Hart and Kazickas lead Hamilton past SUNY IT

The Hamilton College men's basketball team (10-9) scored a season-high 96 points to beat host SUNY Institute of Technology 96-76 Tuesday in non-league action at SUNY IT's Campus Center Gym. The win snapped a two-game-losing streak for the Continentals.

Matt Hart '16 recorded his 12th 20-point performance of the season, leading all scorers with 26 points, and Peter Kazickas '15 netted a career-best 20 points off the bench to lead Hamilton.

Hart made four three-point baskets and added three rebounds and two assists as the Continentals improved to 28-2 all-time against the Wildcats (10-5). Kazickas made eight of his 12 attempts from the floor and pulled down seven rebounds.

Ajani Santos '16 contributed a personal-best 12 points and eight rebounds and Kyle Pitman '17 came off the bench to match a career high with 11 points. Bradley Gifford '15 and Matt Dean '14 matched Santos' team-leading total of eight rebounds.

Hamilton took control with a 12-2 run late in the first half after SUNY IT had cut a nine-point deficit to three with 8:25 left in the period. Kazickas netted six points in the run, which left the Continentals up 42-29 on their way to a 48-36 halftime advantage.

In the second half the Continentals led by at least 12 points, stretching their lead above 20 points for the first time on a Kazickas three pointer with 6:46 left that pushed the lead to 83-61.

Malcolm Jones '16 led five Wildcats in double figures with 13 points. He added game-best totals of nine rebounds; five assists and three blocked shots. Alexander Drake '15 scored 12 points and Maverick Hodge '15, Ryan James '14 and Alonzo Graninger '16 contributed 11 points each.

The Continentals' 20 assists, 45 rebounds and +14 rebound margin were all their second-highest performances of the season.

Joseph Lin '15 led Hamilton with four assists and four steals. Dean scored six points and contributed three assists and a pair of steals off the bench. Hamilton's reserves outscored SUNY IT's 44-20.

Hamilton returns to NESCAC play Sunday, hosting Middlebury in a 4 p.m. game at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The Wildcats play a 6 p.m. game at Penn State-Berks Friday.