No. 5 men's basketball scores 114 points, moves to 10-0

Kena Gilmour '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Kena Gilmour '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Kena Gilmour '20 poured in 31 points and the nationally ranked No. 5 Continentals remained undefeated with a 114-101 win against Ursinus College in the 2018 Land of Magic Classic at Embry-Riddle University's ICI Center on Friday night.

Hamilton (10-0 overall) eclipsed 100 points for the third time this season and the Continentals lead the NESCAC with nearly 95 per game. Hamilton shot 60.3 percent from the field including 13 of 23 (56.5 percent) from 3-point range. The Continentals owned a 40-28 advantage on the glass.

Gilmour added eight rebounds and a career-best seven assists. He finished 11 of 15 from the floor and made all six of his free throw attempts.

Tim Doyle '19 dropped in a season-high 22 points and added three steals for Hamilton. Andrew Groll '19 posted his second double-double this season with 17 points and 10 boards. Five of Groll's rebounds were on the offensive glass, and he blocked two shots. Peter Hoffmann '19 chipped in 16 points and Michael Grassey '19 made four 3-pointers en route to 14 points.

Eric Williams Jr. knocked down seven shots from beyond the arc and paced Ursinus (5-5) with 31 points. Ryan McTamney had 23 points, Ryan Hughes contributed 13 and five assists, and George Gordon registered 12 points and seven rebounds. Lucas Olshevski scored 11 points off the bench and Zack Muredda was credited with five steals.

The Continentals scored the first five points and led the entire evening. A 3-pointer by Mark Lutz '20 gave Hamilton its first double-digit lead at 25-15 with 12:49 left in the first half. The Bears didn't get closer than six points the rest of the half. An old-fashioned 3-point play by Gilmour handed the Continentals their largest lead of the half of 17 points at 57-40 with 1:10 remaining, and his basket from long range put Hamilton up 62-46 at the break. Grassey scored 12 of his 14 points in the opening 20 minutes.

Ursinus could only trim its deficit to nine points on a couple occasions in the second half, and the Continentals led by as many as 18 in the final minutes. Groll tipped in his own miss to make it 108-90 with 3:36 to go, and Elliott Tirbaso '22 tapped in his own miss for a 110-92 advantage 25 seconds later. Groll scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half.

Hamilton takes on 4-3 Ithaca College back at Embry-Riddle on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.