Three Continentals tally double-doubles in No. 11 Hamilton win

Peter Hoffmann '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Peter Hoffmann '19 (Josh McKee photo)

The nationally ranked No. 11 Hamilton College Continentals defeated the Bates College Bobcats 92-76 in NESCAC action at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Friday night.

Hamilton (18-2, 4-2 NESCAC) racked up 27 second-chance points, had a 48-29 advantage on the glass and totaled 23 assists on 32 baskets.

Three Continentals recorded double-doubles. Kena Gilmour '20 led the way with 24 points and added 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Peter Hoffmann '19 tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds, both season-highs, and dished out four assists. Michael Grassey '19 posted 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Sayo Denloye '20 and Mark Lutz '20 both finished 3-for-5 from 3-point range for nine points each. Denloye also had five assists. Andrew Groll '19 collected eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

Jeff Spellman guided Bates (6-14, 3-5) with 22 points and six assists. Nick Lynch added 14 points and eight rebounds. Kody Greenhalgh's eight steals was a game high and he had 10 points, and Tom Coyne scored 11 points.

Hamilton jumped out to an 8-0 lead as Grassey hit a 3-pointer at 19:51, Doyle followed with a trifecta at 19:16 and Hoffmann grabbed an offensive board and banked in a layup at 17:59. Greenhalgh put Bates on the scoreboard after he hit one of his two free throws at 17:21 and then immediately grabbed a steal and found Spellman for a layup, making the score 8-3 at 17:02. Grassey extended Hamilton's lead to 10 points at 16-6 after he drilled back-to-back jumpers from beyond the arc at 14:26 and 14:07.

The Bobcats got within three points at 20-17 with 11:40 left in the first half after Brandon Galloway scored six unanswered points. There were four ties and four lead changes during the next 6:30. Hamilton took the lead for good at 36-34 on two free throws by Gilmour at 4:36 and Hoffmann followed with five straight points to extend the advantage to seven. Lutz swished a 3-pointer at 1:23 and Hoffmann rolled in a layup with 50 seconds left to give the Continentals a 46-38 edge at the half. Hoffmann scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half.

Spellman got the Bobcats within five points at 51-46 with a 3-pointer at 17:08. Hamilton responded with a 12-2 run that kicked off with a Grassey jumper at 16:52 and finished with a Gilmour layup at 14:16 for a 15-point cushion at 63-48. Hamilton extended the lead with eight unanswered points from 11:04 to 10:14. The run started when Gilmour dished the ball off to Spencer Kendall '21 underneath the basket and Kendall rattled the rim with a two-handed dunk. Lutz and Nick Osarenren '22 ended the streak with back-to-back downtown buckets. Lutz followed with another 3-pointer with 8:06 remaining to give Hamilton its largest lead of 22 points at 74-52.

Hamilton is right back on the court on Saturday, Feb. 2, hosting Tufts University at 3 p.m. In celebration of Senior Day, the Continentals will recognize Tim Doyle '19, Grassey, Hoffmann and Groll during halftime.