Hamilton College guard Kena Gilmour '20 scored a season-high 39 points in the Continentals' 78-74 NESCAC loss to nationally ranked No. 9 Colby College on Friday evening inside Colby's Wadsworth Gymnasium.
Hamilton (14-7, 2-5 NESCAC) outrebounded Colby 36-28 and finished with 40 points in the paint. The Continentals took their largest lead of six points at 14-8 on a layup by Gilmour early in the first half.
The Mules (19-1, 7-1) shot 51.9 percent from the field in the second half and were 12 of 25 from 3-point range overall. Colby had five players score in double digits.
The game had 12 ties and the lead changed 11 times. Hamilton scored the first four points and led until there was 8:52 remaining in the first half when Colby made a 3-pointer for their first advantage at 23-20. Gilmour made a layup and free throw that tied it at 23-23 and Anderson put in a layup for a two-point edge. Colby made a three for the lead but Kendall tied it up with a free throw. The lead changed three more times before the Mules went into the break with a 39-36 edge.
Gilmour started the second half with a jumper and Elliott Tirbaso '22 put in a layup for a one-point advantage. Colby went on an 8-0 run for a 57-51 lead 57-51 with 10:50 left. Kendall put in a layup and Gilmour made a three that cut the Continentals' deficit to one. Hamilton was able to tie the score twice more late in the second half, including at 65-65 with 3:08 to go on two free throws by Gilmour. The Mules took the lead for good with a 9-3 spurt that was capped by two free throws by Matt Hanna (20 points) with 1:06 left. They clinched the victory by going 4-for-4 at the line in the final minute.
The Continentals will play at Bowdoin College for a NESCAC game on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.