Hamilton College’s Matt Hart ’16 grabbed an offensive rebound and made a jumper from the right baseline just as the buzzer sounded to lift the Continentals to an 85-83 overtime win against the Elmira College Soaring Eagles in a non-conference game at Hamilton’s Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Jan. 21.
Hart finished with a career-high 30 points on 11 of 15 shooting from the floor, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, and he went 4-for-4 at the free-throw line. He is tied for second in the NESCAC with 20.8 points per game.
Ajani Santos ’16 dropped in a career-best 11 points, Bradley Gifford ’15 scored nine and Greg Newton ’14 andJack Donnelly ’16 added eight apiece. Peter Kazickas ’15 chipped in eight points and seven rebounds off the bench. The Continentals shot 58.3 percent (35-60) from the field and held a 33-32 edge on the glass.
Neil Randolph ’15 led five Elmira players in double figures in scoring with 19 points. Randolph was 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Josh Keys ’14 posted 13 points and Matt Newell ’14, Chris Cassidy ’14 and Brian McDonald ’15 had 10 each. Derrick Vogel ’14 recorded nine points, six boards and a game-high six assists. The Soaring Eagles went 17-for-18 (94.4 percent) at the line, and their nine steals helped force 17 Hamilton turnovers.
Elmira (5-9 overall) grabbed an early 5-2 lead but six straight points by the Continentals put them in front 8-5. A layup by Santos made it 6-5 with 15:46 left, and the Soaring Eagles didn’t lead again until the first minute of overtime.
Hamilton (9-8) took its first double-digit lead of the night at 25-13 on a 3-pointer by Kyle Pitman ’17 with 10:05 remaining in the first half. The Continentals’ largest lead during the first 20 minutes was 19 points at 48-29 afterMatt Dean ’14 just beat the halftime buzzer with a layup. Hamilton shot a blistering 65.6 percent (21-32) in the opening half.
The Continentals scored the first points out of the break and held a 21-point lead three times early in the second half. Hamilton still enjoyed a comfortable 70-52 advantage after Donnelly drained a jumper with 9:37 to go.
Elmira came roaring back in the final nine minutes of regulation. The Soaring Eagles went on a 10-0 run and pulled within 70-62 with 5:57 left. After a Gifford jumper restored the Continentals’ double-digit lead at 74-64 with 4:43 remaining, Elmira finished the second half with a 12-2 run.
Vogel started the spurt with a basket and Keys nailed a trifecta. Randolph made a layup and added a 3-pointer, and McDonald converted a layup that tied the score at 76-76 with 46 seconds to go. The Continentals turned the ball over with 17 seconds left, Hart blocked a shot attempt by the Soaring Eagles out-of-bounds from close range with 3.2 seconds remaining and Elmira badly missed two shots in the final two seconds that would have won the game in regulation. The Soaring Eagles shot 56 percent (19-34) in the second half, including 8 of 13 from long range.
Two free throws by Keys 35 seconds into overtime gave the Soaring Eagles their first lead since early in the first half. Hart tied the score at 78-78 on a driving layup, and the score was tied three more times at 80, 82 and 83-all.
Elmira missed a layup with 31 seconds to go and Santos grabbed the defensive rebound. Hamilton called a timeout with 13 seconds left to set up a play, and Donnelly had a nice look at a 3-pointer from the left corner. The ball bounced hard off the rim, Hart grabbed it and swished a tough 12-footer from behind the backboard.
The Continentals won their seventh straight game against the Soaring Eagles and Hamilton leads the all-time series, 14-3.
The Continentals travel to Williams College for a NESCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 25. Elmira is at St. John Fisher College on Friday, Jan. 24.
HAMILTON HOOPS FALLS TO BROCKPORT AT MEDAILLE TOURNEY
Courtesy SUNY Brockport
Senior Patrick Coyle (North Chili, NY/Bishop Kearney) scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked five shots while fellow senior John Ivy (Rochester, NY/East) led all scorers with 24 points leading The College at Brockport Men’s Basketball team to a 74-62 victory over Hamilton College Monday night in the first round of the Knee Center of Western New York Holiday Tournament at Medaille College.
Brockport (5-1) advances to play host Medaille at 3 pm Tuesday for the tournament championship while Hamilton will face Alfred State in the consolation game at 1 pm.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early lead at 8-1 in the first three minutes of the contest and had a 10-point lead after a Clifton Lyerly (Inwood, NY/Lawrence) free throw at the 12:26 mark of the first half. Hamilton (5-4) battle back trimming the lead to two points at 15-13 with 10:08 on the clock.
After a Brockport timeout, the Golden Eagles went on a 10-1 run with Ivy and Coyle each scoring four points in the run and Bobby Bell (Rochester, NY/East) capping the run with a 3-pointer giving Brockport a 26-14 advantage with 7:07 remaining in the half. Brockport took a 31-22 lead into the halftime intermission.
The teams traded baskets for the first several minutes of the second half but with a nine-point lead near the midpoint of the half, Lyerly drove the lane for a layup and Ivy sank a 3-pointer to put the Golden Eagles on top by 14 points. Freshman Aaron White (Buffalo, NY/Canisius) added a short jumper in the paint for a 16-point advantage with 9:26 left to play.
A Hamilton basket at 7:20 cut the lead to 14 but Bell hit another 3-pointer to give Brockport its largest lead of the game at 59-42 with 6:42 on the clock.
A 16-4 Hamilton run cut the lead to five points at 63-58 with 3:17 remaining. Brandon Caruthers(Rochester, NY/East) stopped the run with a 3-pointer and Ivy hit four consecutive free throws to regain the double-digit lead with less than two minutes left. Caruthers added a pair of free throws and then lobbed a pass to Coyle for a dunk and a Brockport 14-point lead with a minute to play.
Ivy’s 24 points led all scorers and Coyle hit a season-high 15 points. Caruthers finished with nine points while Bell and White added six points each. Coyle added his 11 rebounds while Ivy grabbed eight. Ivy, Caruthers and Coyle each had three steals for the Golden Eagles.
Courtesy SUNY Oneonta
HAMILTON PICKS UP HOOPS ROAD WIN AT ONEONTA 87-84
The visiting Hamilton Continentals used an 18-8 run over the final three minutes tonight in stealing an 87-84 victory against SUNY Oneonta in the home opener for the Red Dragons.
The run began with six points by Hamilton (2-1) at the 3:31 mark with a free throw by Matt Hart, who then capped the spurt with a three-point basket 10 seconds later to pull the Continentals to within 76-75.
Oneonta carried a 45-39 lead into halftime, thanks to 17 first half points by junior Zach Mager (New City/Clarkstown South). Mager would lead all scorers tonight with 27 points. This is the third straight game that Mager has scored more than 20 points, as he is currently averaging 26.3 points per game in the early going.
A three-point basket by Mager at the 14:46 mark of the second half gave Oneonta (1-2) its largest lead at 60-50.
Hamilton kept battling back and cut Oneonta’s lead to five points when Hart hit a pair of free throws at 5:39. That was as close as the Continentals got until the six unanswered that brought them to with one point with 3:21 remaining.”
Hart led three Hamilton players in double figures with 20 points. Senior Greg Newton scored 19 points and junior Bradley Gifford added 17 points and a game high 10 rebounds.
Mager was joined by freshman Mikey McElroy (Saratoga Springs/Saratoga Springs) (16 pts), senior Dan Lee (Ballston Lake/Shenendehowa) (13 pts) and sophomore Jack Dignan (Brewster/Brewster) (11 pts) in double figures. McElroy added a team high eight rebounds while Dignan dished out a team high eight assists.