Men's basketball wins Moravian tournament, now 10-0

Tim Doyle '19 made the Roosevelt's 21st Greyhound Classic all-tournament team (Nateesa Benton photo).
Tim Doyle '19 made the Roosevelt's 21st Greyhound Classic all-tournament team (Nateesa Benton photo).

Hamilton College captured the tournament title at the 38th playing of the Moravian College Men's Basketball Roosevelt's 21st Greyhound Classic with a 98-94 win against Moravian at Johnston Hall on Sunday afternoon.

The Continentals are 10-0 for the first time since 1990-91 and they are the last undefeated men's basketball team in the NESCAC. Hamilton, which received votes in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, defeated Lebanon Valley College 102-83 in the Greyhound Classic on Saturday night. The Continentals own two tournament crowns in 2017-18 as they won the Elmira College Tip-Off Tournament back in November.

High-scoring Hamilton is ninth in Division III with 96.3 points per game. The Continentals shot 57.6 percent from the floor, held a commanding 37-22 advantage on the glass, and racked up 64 points in the paint.

Kena Gilmour '20 was named the tournament MVP and Tim Doyle '19 made the all-tournament team for Hamilton. Doyle poured in 25 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the floor. He was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free-throw line and was credited with three steals before fouling out. Gilmour tied a season high with 23 points and has scored more than 20 in each of the last three games. He leads the Continentals in scoring with 18.3 points per game.

Peter Hoffmann '19 chipped in 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Hamilton before he fouled out. Michael Grassey '19 contributed nine points and four assists, and Vince Conn '20 led the reserves with nine points off the bench.

Moravian (9-3 overall) featured five players who finished in double figures in points. Oneil Holder paced the Greyhounds with 27 points and seven boards. Jimmy Murray dropped in 24 points, Nicholas Casazza had 14, Will Brazukas added 11 and Matt Cardonne finished with 10. Moravian was able to stay in the game by going 27-for-31 (87.1 percent) at the charity stripe.

The contest was close throughout as there were 17 ties and eight lead changes, and neither team led by more than 10 points. The Greyhounds took their last lead at 93-92 on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Holder with 2:14 left. On the Continentals' next possession, Joe Pucci '18 found Gilmour for a 3-pointer that put Hamilton ahead to stay at 95-93 with 2:05 remaining.

Murray pulled Moravian within a point after he rebounded his own miss, was fouled and made the second of two free throws with 1:47 to go. Gilmour gave the Continentals a 97-94 advantage on a layup with 1:25 left. After a missed jumper by Moravian, Grassey helped Hamilton run 53 seconds off the clock by grabbing an offensive rebound off a missed layup. The Greyhounds misfired on another perimeter shot with six seconds remaining and Grassey clinched the victory by gathering the rebound and making a free throw to make it a two-possession game.

The Continentals held a slim 52-50 lead at the half and the score was tied at 65-65 after a layup by Doyle with 15 minutes to go. Moravian scored the next seven points and took their largest lead of the day at 72-65 with 14:19 left. Murray made two free throws after a technical foul on a Hamilton player, Cardonne sank two more free throws and Casazza capped the spurt with a 3-pointer. The Continentals responded with their own 7-0 run on a trifecta by Ty Washington '21, two free throws by Andrew Groll '19 and a basket in the paint by Hoffmann. Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the way until Grassey's free throw in the final seconds.

Hamilton led for the vast majority of the first half except for an early 4-3 edge for the Greyhounds. The score was tied at 19-19 seven minutes into the half when the Continentals pulled away with a 19-9 run. The spurt featured eight points by Hoffmann, seven by Conn and four by Doyle. Two free throws by Conn made it 38-28 with 7:25 remaining and gave Hamilton its largest lead of 10 points. Moravian quickly recovered by going on an 11-2 run that featured eight points from Holder. Casazza's basket from long range cut the Greyhounds' deficit to one at 40-39 with 3:37 to go.

The Continentals host Wells College for a non-conference game on Friday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.