No. 3 men's basketball stays undefeated with 20-point road win

Michael Grassey '19 (Ryan Murray photo)
Michael Grassey '19 (Ryan Murray photo)

Hamilton College's Michael Grassey '19 scored 21 points and led the nationally ranked No. 3 Continentals to a 91-71 non-conference win against the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats at Johnson & Wales' Wildcat Center on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (7-0 overall) shot 50.7 percent from the floor and held a 45-33 advantage in rebounds. The Continentals have shot better than 50 percent in four out of seven games and are at 50.6 percent for the season.

Grassey was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and is shooting 58.5 percent (24-41) from beyond the arc. Andrew Groll '19 posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards, Kena Gilmour '20 dropped in 19 points, and Peter Hoffmann '19 chipped in 13. Nick Osarenren '22, who is second on the team with eight blocked shots, recorded a pair.

Brian Hogan-Gary paced Johnson & Wales (2-3) with 29 points, 17 rebounds and six assists. Donovian Maxfield added 11 points and two steals off the bench.

The Wildcats took their largest lead of five points at 7-2 after a 3-pointer by Matt Madoian. Hamilton responded with a 17-0 run and led the rest of the way. Groll started the spurt with an offensive rebound and putback, and Hoffmann scored in the paint. Grassey followed with a trifecta, Gilmour made a jumper, Grassey knocked down another shot from long range, and Sayo Denloye '20 drained a basket from beyond the arc. Mike McEneney '21 nailed a jumper for a 19-7 cushion with 12:20 left in the first half.

Johnson & Wales didn't get closer than seven points the rest of the afternoon. Yet another 3-pointer by Grassey gave the Continentals a 52-36 lead at the break. Grassey finished the first half with 14 points and Hamilton shot better than 58 percent during the opening 20 minutes.

A layup by Hoffmann secured the first 20-point lead for the Continentals at 58-38 with 17:12 remaining. Another basket from close range by Gilmour gave Hamilton its largest lead of 24 points at 67-43 with 13:15 to go. The Continentals went on a 12-2 run during the last five minutes as the Wildcats were 1 of 7 from the field with three turnovers down the stretch. Hamilton maintained its double-digit lead throughout the second half. Hogan-Gary had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the final 20 minutes alone.

The Continentals host SUNY Polytechnic Institute (currently 1-4 overall) on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. The Hamilton women will play William Smith College that same night at 6.