Hamilton College scored 17 points off turnovers and controlled SUNY Potsdam down the stretch for a 68-62 non-conference victory at Potsdam's Jerry Welsh Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Halie Serbent '19 led Hamilton (2-0 overall) with 21 points and a personal-best 14 rebounds, 10 of which were on the offensive glass. Liz Arnold '22 dropped in 15 points while shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Marie Steiner '20 added seven points and Kelcie Zarle '22 helped with six.
Dyamon Hunter scored 19 points for Potsdam (2-3) and dished out four assists. Devyn Elliott totaled 15 points and nine rebounds, and Abbey Smith added eight points.
The Continentals held an 8-4 lead to start the first quarter before the Bears scored seven unanswered to take their first lead at 11-8. Steiner's bucket from downtown tied the score at 11-11 with 5:38 on the clock. Hunter gave the lead back to Potsdam with two free throws. The Continentals responded with a 7-0 run to take back the lead that they never relinquished and closed the opening quarter with an 18-13 advantage.
Hamilton went to work down low in the second quarter, totaling four layups and six free throws for 14 points, but the home squad scored 17 to cut into the Continentals' 32-30 halftime lead.
Serbent scored nine points in the third quarter alone as Hamilton extended its lead to 51-45 at the end of the quarter. Potsdam got within one point at 37-36 off four unanswered points from Hunter, but Steiner and Zarle closed the door with back-to-back layups with 6:07 remaining. Serbent and Hunter exchanged 3-pointers at 1:41 and 1:27, respectively, making the score 49-45. Zarle then knocked down two free throws to end the quarter.
Potsdam slowly chipped away at the deficit in the final stanza, getting as close as two points with 3:05 left. Arnold then sent the Bears to hibernation when she drilled a three with just under two minutes remaining to make the score 64-59. Hamilton finished the game on the free-throw line, making four of six shots.
The Continentals stay on the road as they take on local non-conference rivals SUNY Polytechnic on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. and Utica College on Monday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.