Middlebury College's Max Bosco knocked down a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left and lifted the Panthers to an 80-79 NESCAC win over the Hamilton College Continentals at Middlebury's Pepin Gymnasium on Friday night.
Kena Gilmour '20 guided the nationally ranked No. 8 Continentals (19-3, 5-3 NESCAC) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Gilmour ranks second in the conference with an average of 19.4 points per game. Peter Hoffmann '19 racked up 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Michael Grassey '19 contributed 11 points, seven boards and two blocked shots. Spencer Kendall '21 added eight points and Sayo Denloye '20 chipped in seven points and three assists.
Four Panthers (18-5, 7-2) scored in double figures. Jack Farrell led the way with 18 points and added four assists and two steals. Matt Folger totaled 16 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Hilal Dahleh had 14 points and five rebounds, and Bosco finished with 13 points.
The Continentals erased a 17-point deficit after Middlebury scored the first nine points of the second half and grabbed its largest lead at 51-34 with 16:57 remaining off a 3-pointer by Farrell. Gilmour started a 9-0 Hamilton run with a layup at 16:27 and ended the streak with a downtown jumper at 15:04 to get the Continentals within eight points at 51-43. Middlebury kept Hamilton at bay for the next 5:37 before Hoffmann banked in a layup at 9:14, igniting eight straight points that ended with a Kendall layup at 8:15 and pulled the Continentals within 68-63. Hamilton cut its deficit to three points three times at 7:07, 5:09 and 4:07. A 3-pointer by Grassey registered the only tie at 74-74 with 3:28 left. A Hoffmann layup at 2:13 and a 3-pointer by Gilmour at 1:20 wrapped up a 10-0 run and gave Hamilton its largest lead of five points at 79-74. Middlebury responded by scoring the final six points. Gilmour threw up a last-second 55-footer that bounced off the backboard.
Hamilton started the game with a 6-3 lead off a layup by Tim Doyle '19 at the 17:53 mark. The Panthers answered with 12 straight points in a span of 3:34 for a 15-6 edge with 14:19 left. The Continentals battled back to 21-18 at the midway point of the opening half after a layup by Nick Osarenren '22, but Middlebury answered with a 10-2 spurt to secure a 31-20 lead with 7:07 remaining. Mark Lutz '20 swished a 3-pointer at the 1:30 mark that sliced the Panthers' advantage to 37-31, but the hosts registered the next five points and took a 42-34 lead into halftime.
The Continentals stay on the road for another NESCAC game at No. 10 Williams College on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.