NEW LONDON, Conn. – Bolstered by getting 39 points from its bench, sixth-ranked Hamilton recorded a 91-46 victory over Connecticut College in a NESCAC men's basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
The Camels held slim early leads of 2-0 and 4-2 by getting field goals from sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) and senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.), but the Continentals responded with 12 unanswered to move ahead by twin figures on a Kena Gilmour trifecta to begin taking control of the contest. After Connecticut College brought the margin back down to nine courtesy of a 3-pointer by Ben Bagnoli (East Haven, Conn.), the guests would build their lead back up to as many as 22 and carried a 42-25 cushion into the break.
Hamilton (14-1, NESCAC 2-1) used its depth to extend its lead by getting 33 of its 49 second-half points from its bench during the second half. Spencer Kendall sank a free throw to make it 66-36 at the midway point before a layup by Mark Lutz which was set up by Peter Hoffmann gave the Continentals a commanding 80-40 advantage with 6:23 remaining. The margin ballooned to as many as 47 in the final minute when Nick Osarenren canned a pair of charity shots, and the Continentals dribbled out the clock after rebounding a missed Camel shot to seal the convincing win.
Gilmour led Hamilton by scoring 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds. He also shot 10-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-4 from long range, and 2-of-2 at the stripe. Hoffman and Lutz contributed 15 and 11 points, respectively, while Hoffman also dished out four assists. Sayo Denloye was another spark off the bench by contributing seven points and four helpers.
Sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) and Labossiere finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively, and grabbed four rebounds apiece to pace Connecticut College in the losing effort. Draffan finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
Connecticut College (5-10, NESCAC 0-4) will play its third home game in four days when it hosts the City College of New York on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.