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Men’s Basketball Comes Up Short Against Undefeated Hamilton

Ben Bagnoli

CLINTON, N.Y. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team dropped a NESCAC game to undefeated Hamilton by a 102-77 decision on Saturday afternoon at the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.

Hamilton scored 10 unanswered points to begin the contest and jumped out to a 14-2 lead at the 16:02 mark when Kena Gilmour jammed a pass from Michael Grassey. The margin grew to 22 when Gilmour sank a pair of free throws to make it 44-22, and the Continentals would eventually carry a 52-36 advantage into the recess.

The Continentals used another hot start in the second half to pull away, as Peter Hoffman extended the lead to 30 by driving in for a layup with 14:37 to play. The Camels tried to claw themselves back by embarking on a 21-10 run during the middle of the half, which was capped by freshman Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) converting a layup, but the deficit would prove to be too much for the visitors to overcome.

"Their offense was too much for us today," said head coach Tom Satran. "We couldn't string together enough stops to break their momentum in any significant way."

Grassey posted a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for Hamilton (14-0, NESCAC 3-0). Hoffman matched his point total by netting 27 and also picking up four steals, while Kena Gilmour and Vince Conn contributed 11 points apiece.

Labossiere paced Connecticut College for the second time in as many days by scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Sophomore Ben Bagnoli (East Haven, Conn.) finished with 13 points and was among three Camels to record to assists. Sophomore Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) ended the game with seven points, five boards and two blocks.

Connecticut College (6-10, NESCAC 0-4) returns to action when it visits nationally-ranked Wesleyan on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 3:00 p.m.