Men’s basketball prepares for a two-game home stand

Mark Lutz '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Mark Lutz '20 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College men's basketball team welcomes Utica College and Eastern University for two non-conference games at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The Continentals tip-off against Utica on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Eastern on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Continentals (4-0 overall) cruised to a 104-66 victory over SUNY New Paltz in their home opener on Nov. 28.

Guided by 14.8 points apiece from Kena Gilmour '20 and Peter Hoffmann '19, Hamilton currently leads the NESCAC with an average 93.3 points per game. Tim Doyle '19 adds 13.5 points per game while leading the team in three-point percentage (46.7) and free-throw percentage (86.4). Michael Grassey '19 puts in 11.3 points per game and shoots 42.1 percent from three-point range.

ABOUT UTICA COLLEGE

The Pioneers (2-2) defeated Cazenovia College 75-68 in their home opener on Nov. 27 after falling to SUNY Polytechnic and Rochester. Utica opened the season with a 76-72 victory over The College of New Jersey at the University of Rochester Tip-Off Tournament.

Ivan Iton leads Utica in points per game (16.3), field-goal percentage (61.4), rebounds per game (7.8) and blocks per game (2.0). Joe Stortini adds 13.0 points per game, and Bennito Ayarza averages 8.5 points and 3.3 assists per game along with a team-leading 80.0 free-throw percentage.

Hamilton has won four of the last five matchups, including a 99-74 victory last season to improve the Continentals all-time record over the Pioneers to 77-27.

ABOUT EASTERN UNIVERSITY

The Eagles (2-2) defeated Goucher College (0-4) 103-63 on Nov. 29 and handed Albright College (4-1) their first loss of the season in a 76-64 decision on Nov. 21.

Victor Peña posted a career-best 27 points and 15 rebounds over Albright, and he guides the team with 16.0 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game and a 57.1 three-point percentage.  Jordan Johnson adds 9.3 points per game and has a team-high 76.5 field-goal percentage. Austin Duncan and Austin James each contribute 6.3 points per game.

Eastern finished the season 16-10 last year and won a program-best 11 conference games since joining the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). Grassey scored a career-high 25 points for the Continentals when the two teams met for the first time in history last season, but Eastern snuck past Hamilton 90-86 during the final seconds of the game.

The Eagles visit Morrisville State (2-2) on Friday night before arriving at Hamilton on Saturday.