Men's basketball buries Bard in avalanche of 3-pointers

Vince Conn '21 made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points and seven assists in the Continentals' 101-57 win over Bard on Wednesday night (Josh McKee photo).
Vince Conn '21 made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points and seven assists in the Continentals' 101-57 win over Bard on Wednesday night (Josh McKee photo).

Hamilton College had six players score in double figures and the Continentals cruised to a 101-57 non-conference win against the Bard College Raptors at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Wednesday night.

The Continentals (3-0 overall) made 17 of 33 shot attempts (51.5 percent) from 3-point range and they shot 53.2 percent from the floor overall. Hamilton owned a 54-26 advantage on the glass, and the Continentals improved to 9-0 all-time against Bard.

The Raptors (0-4) committed just 10 turnovers, but shot 37.1 percent from the field. The 44-point margin is the biggest loss for Bard so far this season.

Elliott Tirbaso '22 led the Hamilton offense with a career-high 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Mark Lutz '20 dropped in 13 points and Vince Conn '21 contributed 12 points and a career-best seven assists. Conn was 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. Spencer Kendall '21, Mike McEneney '21 and Conner Rood '23 scored 10 points each and McEneney blocked two shots. Nkosi Cooper '23 handed out nine assists and Nick Osarenren '22 grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, scored eight points and made two steals.

Stamatis Koulouris paced the Raptors with 13 points and six assists and Kevin Le registered 11 points. Avo Sofroniou ended up with nine points and six boards.

Kena Gilmour '20 -- a 2019 all-American and current NESCAC player of the week -- was injured and didn't play, but the Continentals made it obvious early on they didn't need him tonight. Hamilton jumped out to a 19-2 cushion and led by double digits the rest of the way.

The 6-foot, 9-inch McEneney opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and Kendall and Lutz made it 7-0 on back-to-back baskets in the paint. Stefanos Psarras put Bard on the scoreboard with an offensive rebound and putback, but the Continentals scored the next 12 points. Lutz scored from close range, Osarenren had a steal and fast-break bucket, Tirbaso nailed a 3-pointer, Patrick Mogan '23 banked in a shot and Conn drained a trifecta with 12:35 left in the first half.

Hamilton owned a 46-21 advantage at the break and the Continentals led by as many as 48 points at 101-53 on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Tirbaso with 1:31 remaining. Hamilton eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time since Dec. 28, 2018 when the Continentals defeated Ursinus College 114-101 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Hamilton travels to Keene State College in New Hampshire for another non-conference clash on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.