Men's basketball captures Drew's Rose City Tip-Off Classic title

Left to right: Kena Gilmour '20, Mark Lutz '20 and Sayo Denloye '20 with the Drew University Rose City Tip-Off Classic championship plaque (photo courtesy of Drew Athletic Communications).
Left to right: Kena Gilmour '20, Mark Lutz '20 and Sayo Denloye '20 with the Drew University Rose City Tip-Off Classic championship plaque (photo courtesy of Drew Athletic Communications).

Hamilton College's Mark Lutz '20 drained five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points for the Continentals in their 88-80 win against the Drew University Rangers in the championship game of Drew's 2019 Rose City Tip-Off Classic at Baldwin Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton's Kena Gilmour '20 was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Patrick Mogan '23 made the all-tournament team. The Continentals (2-0 overall) opened the tournament and their season with an 88-81 victory over The College of New Jersey on Saturday night.

Gilmour led Hamilton with 24 points, five assists and two steals. Mogan finished with 10 points and grabbed six of the Continentals' 25 offensive rebounds. Nkosi Cooper '23 filled the stat sheet with 11 points, a game-high 12 boards and five assists. Mike McEneney '21 pulled down a career-high 10 caroms. Hamilton enjoyed a 59-31 advantage on the glass and outscored the Rangers 25-0 in second-chance points.

Drew's Riley Collins came out hot and finished with 31 points on 13 of 22 shooting from the field. Collins also led the Rangers with three assists and three steals. Howard McBurnie, Jr. was the only other Drew player in double figures in points with 13 and he topped the Rangers with seven boards. Michael Boice chipped in nine points. Drew committed just nine turnovers but was 12-for-21 at the free-throw line for a 57.1 percent clip.

The Rangers (2-1) held a 44-42 edge at the break, but the Continentals came out firing in the second half and went on a 22-3 run in the first five minutes. Gilmour opened the spurt with a jumper and passed to Lutz for a 3-pointer that gave Hamilton the lead for good at 47-44 just 43 seconds into the half. Collins' layup was the only field goal for Drew in the opening 4:45.

Gilmour nailed a shot from beyond the arc before McBurnie, Jr. went 1-for-2 at the line and pulled the Rangers within 50-47 with 17:37 left. McEneney grabbed an offensive rebound and converted an old-fashioned 3-point play. Gilmour made two free throws and then dished to Lutz for another basket from long range. A steal by Gilmour led to a 3-point basket for the 2019 all-American, and he grabbed a defensive rebound and found Lutz for yet another basket from downtown that gave the Continentals a 64-47 cushion with 15:24 remaining.

Drew clawed back to within six points at 74-68 after Collins made a trifecta with 9:04 to go. Hamilton's defense clamped down and held the Rangers without a field goal for the next six minutes. Meanwhile, the Continentals put the game away with a 14-2 run on six points by Cooper and four apiece by Gilmour and Mogan. Drew scored the last 10 points. Gilmour scored 14 points and Mogan had eight of his 10 in the final 20 minutes.

The teams combined for seven lead changes and four ties in the first half. Hamilton's seven-point advantage at 9-2 was the largest for either team during the first 20 minutes. Collins poured in 21 points in the opening half.

The Continentals play their home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 20 against Bard College at 7:30 p.m.