No. 9 men's basketball improves to 3-0 with win at Bard

Kena Gilmour '20 had 32 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in Tuesday's win at Bard (Ryan Murray photo).
Kena Gilmour '20 had 32 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in Tuesday's win at Bard (Ryan Murray photo).

Hamilton College's Kena Gilmour '20 poured in a game-high 32 points and the nationally ranked No. 9 Continentals defeated Bard College 97-88 in a non-conference game at Bard's Stevenson Athletic Center on Tuesday night.

Hamilton (3-0 overall) is averaging 106.3 points and 52.0 rebounds per game and shooting 55.1 percent from the field. The Continentals held a 23-5 advantage in bench points against the Raptors.

Gilmour was 14 of 22 from the field and led Hamilton with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Andrew Groll '19 dropped in 16 points, Peter Hoffmann '19 added 11 and Michael Grassey '19 scored all 10 of his points in the second half. Tim Doyle '19 handed out a career-high 10 assists and leads the team with 19 this season. Groll and Hoffmann were two of three Continentals who fouled out as Hamilton was whistled for 29 fouls and Bard shot 41 free throws.

Alijah Rue paced the Raptors (2-2) with 31 points and four steals. Armando Dunn contributed 27 points and nine boards, and David Runcie registered 15 points. Bard was credited with 12 steals but shot just 11.8 percent (2 of 17) from 3-point range.

The Continentals scored the first four points and never trailed. The Raptors tied the score twice, first at 9-9 on a layup by Justyn Rogers and again at 11-11 after two free throws by Rue.

Hamilton scored the next nine points for a 20-11 advantage with 12:45 left in the first half. Sayo Denloye '20 and Hoffmann started the run with one free throw apiece and Spencer Kendall '21 made a layup. Mark Lutz '20 made the first of two free throws, Gilmour punctuated a fast break with a dunk, and Denloye capped the spurt with a steal and layup.

Bard climbed back to within one at 30-29 after Rue scored in the paint with 4:08 remaining but the Continentals responded with five straight points on layups by Gilmour and Denloye and a free throw by Nick Osarenren '22. Hamilton took a 45-36 lead into the locker room.

The Continentals came out hot in the second half after a basket from close range by Hoffmann, a 3-pointer by Grassey and another layup by Hoffmann made it 52-36 with 17:47 to go. The Raptors trimmed their deficit to five points twice with a little under eight minutes left but Hamilton responded with an 11-4 run that essentially clinched the victory for the Continentals. A layup by Grassey gave Hamilton an 83-71 cushion with 5:16 remaining.

The Continentals take on Transylvania University from Lexington, Kentucky, in the first round of the Carnegie Mellon University DoubleTree Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.