Hamilton College scored 14 second-chance points and the Continentals posted an 83-70 non-conference win against the Keene State College Owls at Keene State's Spaulding Gym on Saturday afternoon.
Hamilton (4-0 overall) went 11 of 29 (37.9 percent) from 3-point range and totaled 23 assists. The Continentals scored 20 points off turnovers, held a 43-33 edge on the glass and outscored the Owls 42-15 in bench points.
Spencer Kendall '21 led the offense with a personal-best 17 points by going 8 of 10 from the floor and hitting 1 of 2 free throws, and he added four rebounds and two assists. Elliott Tirbaso '22 went 5 for 6 from the floor including a trio of three-pointers as he finished with 15 points. Kena Gilmour '20 tallied 11 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals, and Nick Osarenren '22 compiled 10 points with a pair of 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
James Anozie's 15 points guided Keene State (1-3). Jeff Hunter had 14 points, six rebounds and two steals. Sidi Diallo, Marcus McCarthy and Nyzair Rountree recorded 10 points each. McCarthy added eight boards, four assists and three steals, and Miguel Prieto dished out six assists.
Kendall and Tirabaso both scored 12 of their points in the first half, helping Hamilton to an 11-point halftime lead at 41-30. Facing a six-point deficit with 5:00 left in the first, Conner Rood '23 found Kendall for a layup and the Continentals followed his lead, scoring 10 unanswered points to take the 32-26 advantage with 2:20 left. Both teams exchanged a pair of buckets before Kendall laid in another bucket with 16 seconds remaining and Osarenren concluded the half with a buzzer-beating jumper from beyond the arc.
Tirbaso hit a three 5:18 into the second half to give Hamilton its largest lead of the game at 56-39. The Owls then awoke with a 10-0 run, cutting their deficit to seven points at 56-49. Gilmour stopped the run with a jumper but Keene refused to go away, adding six more unanswered points to get within three with 8:43 reaming in the contest. Coach Stockwell regrouped the Continentals with a timeout at 8:20 and Eric Anderson '22 followed through with a 3-pointer. Hamilton built back its double-digit lead with a three from Osarenren at 6:42 and layup from Vince Conn '21 at 5:24. Hamilton finished the game by going 5 for 6 from the free throw line in the last 2:30 minutes.
Hamilton hits the skies for two games in California next week. The Continentals first face Caltech on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern time followed by a matchup with California Lutheran on Friday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m.