|Hamilton College||Bates College|
LEWISTON, Maine — Kena Gilmour scored a game-high 19 points and No. 21 nationally ranked Hamilton shot 55.6 percent from the field on its way to an 89-57 win over the Bates men’s basketball team Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
Four players scored in double figures for Hamilton, with Gilmour adding a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with his 19 points on 9-15 shooting. Michael Grassey poured in 15 points and Vince Conn and Jack Dwyer added 12 and 10 points respectively off the bench.
The Continentals (18-2, 5-2 NESCAC) grabbed the lead for good with 14:11 to go in the first half on a Tim Doyle layup. Bates (11-11, 3-5 NESCAC) trailed by as many as 16 points before rallying down the stretch to cut the deficit to seven at halftime.
With the Bobcats down 34-18, senior captain Justin Zukowski (Portland, Maine) entered the game and immediately provided a much-needed spark. He hit a jumper with 2:02 remaining in the half, and after sophomore Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine ) made a layup, Zukowski followed with a three to trim the deficit to 34-25 with 1:18 left. Zukowski finished the game with a team-high 13 points on 5-7 shooting.
The teams traded buckets down stretch and the Bobcats trailed 36-29 at the break.
But Hamilton took control of the game with a huge start to the second half. Grassey got things started with a layup and Gilmour went on a personal 9-0 to extend the lead to 47-29 with 17:17 left in the game.
By the time sophomore Jeff Spellman (Boston, Mass.) sank a pair of free throws with 16:37 left, the gains Bates had made at the end of the first half had been erased. Spellman scored 12 points on the evening and added three assists.
The Continentals outscored the Bobcats by a count of 53-28 in the second half. Hamilton’s defense held Bates to just 33.9% shooting from the floor and the Continentals pulled down 47 rebounds to Bates’ 23. Hamilton tallied 50 points in the paint while holding Bates to 28.
Hamilton’s win over Bates snaps a three-game winning streak for the Bobcats against the Continentals.
First-year David Akinyemi (Bealeton, Va.) scored the first point of his career on Friday and first-year Raheem Spence (Nantucket, Mass.) pulled down a pair of rebounds in his collegiate debut.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday afternoon when they host Amherst at 3:00 p.m.