Men’s basketball hits the century mark in win over New Paltz

Vince Conn ’20 scored a career-high 19 points (Josh McKee photo)
Vince Conn ’20 scored a career-high 19 points (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College men's basketball team defeated SUNY New Paltz 104-66 in non-conference action at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Tuesday night.

The Continentals (4-0 overall) shot 51.5 percent from the field, including 47.1 percent from three-point range, and 75 percent from the free-throw line.

Vince Conn '20 went 7 for 9 from the floor with three treys for a career-high 19 points off the bench. Michael Grassey '19 added four 3-pointers and tallied 18 points. Peter Hoffmann '19 dropped in 14 points by shooting 6 of 7 from the floor. Kena Gilmour '20 led the team with six rebounds and added eight points. 

Matthew English had a game-high 10 rebounds and led New Paltz with 14 points. Nick Paquette had nine points and Brandon Guest and Nick Arthur scored eight apiece.

Grassey opened the game with three buckets from downtown in the opening two minutes, and Joe Pucci '18 added a fourth three-pointer to give Hamilton a 12-7 lead. Tim Doyle '19 scored six of his eight points in an 8-2 Hamilton run, giving the Continentals a 20-11 advantage with 14:06 left in the first half.

Arthur broke two scoreless minutes for the Hawks at the 13:27 mark, but a three-point play by Hoffmann sparked 15 unanswered points to give Hamilton a 35-13 lead with 9:25 left in the half. Two minutes later, Conn dropped a three-pointer to kick off a 15-2 spurt, extending the Continentals lead to 54-22. The Hawks finished the half with an 8-0 run to cut Hamilton's lead to 54-30.

Hoffmann notched nine of his 14 points in the first eight minutes of the second half as the Continentals outscored the Hawks 18-9. Hamilton continued to build their advantage halfway through the second with back-to-back three-pointers by Mark Lutz '20, Conn and Matthew Moros '18. Hamilton developed their largest lead in the final minutes as Spencer Kendall '21 scored five of the last seven points.

The Continentals host Utica College (2-2) on Friday, Dec. 1 for a 7 p.m. non-conference game against the Pioneers at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.