No. 9 men's basketball wins Carnegie Mellon tournament title

The 2018 Carnegie Mellon University DoubleTree Invitational tournament champions (photo courtesy of Carnegie Mellon sports information department).
The 2018 Carnegie Mellon University DoubleTree Invitational tournament champions (photo courtesy of Carnegie Mellon sports information department).

Hamilton College's Kena Gilmour '20 and Peter Hoffmann '19 scored 16 points apiece and the nationally ranked No. 9 Continentals posted a 79-71 win against the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans in the championship game of the 2018 Carnegie Mellon DoubleTree Men's Basketball Invitational at Skibo Gym on Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton (5-0 overall) scored 27 points off 22 Tartan turnovers while the Continentals committed just seven turnovers. Michael Grassey '19 was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Tim Doyle '19 made the all-tournament team.

Grassey dropped in 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. Doyle chipped in nine points and four assists and Nick Osarenren '22 added nine points off the bench.

Trent Suddeth paced Carnegie Mellon (1-4) with 16 points and 10 boards. Zach Howarth poured in 16 points and Seth Henry contributed nine points, nine rebounds and three steals. Cooper Williams scored nine points and Joey Krempa handed out four assists.

The game had seven ties and 13 lead changes. Howarth gave the Tartans their last lead at 63-61 on a 3-pointer with 6:29 left. Gilmour tied the score on a pair of free throws with 5:42 remaining and put Hamilton in the lead for good on a jumper with 5:05 to go. Grassey made it a five-point cushion on a basket from beyond the arc with 4:29 left and then Williams and Hoffmann traded jumpers.

Patrick Ehland pulled Carnegie Mellon within three again on a basket in the paint but Hoffmann restored the Continentals' five-point lead at 72-67 on a dunk with 2:54 remaining. Zach Watson cut Hamilton's advantage to three points one more time on a layup with 1:51 to go before the Continentals clinched the victory by scoring the next five points. Gilmour went in for a layup with 1:32 left and the Tartans missed their next three shots. Meanwhile, Hamilton went 3-for-6 at the free-throw line and sealed the win. Gilmour scored 12 points in the second half.

Neither team led by more than five points in the first half. A steal and dunk by Osarenren just before time expired gave the Continentals a 36-31 lead at the break. Sudderth finished the half with 14 points for Carnegie Mellon.

Hamilton took its largest lead of 11 points after a steal by Grassey and fast-break layup by Doyle made it 48-37 with 17:11 remaining. The Tartans roared back into it by going on a 13-3 run over the next seven minutes. A Howarth 3-pointer cut Carnegie Mellon's deficit to one at 51-50 with 10:14 to go.

The Continentals make the short trip to Utica College for a non-conference game against the 4-0 Pioneers on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.