No. 11 Hamilton uses second chances to top men's basketball 92-76

Junior Jeff Spellman tallied a season-high 22 points at No. 11 nationally ranked Hamilton on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Junior Jeff Spellman scored a season-high 22 points but the No. 11 nationally ranked Hamilton College Continentals defeated the Bates men's basketball team 92-76 Friday night at the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. 

Hamilton (18-2, 4-2 NESCAC) out-rebounded Bates (6-14, 3-5 NESCAC) by a count of 48-29. And the Continentals tallied 27 second chance points to the Bobcats' three. Hamilton also drilled 16 three-pointers in 37 attempts (43.2%), while Bates struggled from outside, shooting just 7-27 (25.9%) from long range. 

Three Hamilton players tallied double-doubles on Friday. Kena Gilmour led all scorers with 24 points and he grabbed 10 rebounds. Gilmour also dished out six assists and recorded four steals. Peter Hoffmann also finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. And Michael Grassey added 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Spellman (Boston, Mass.) dished out a team-high six assists to go along with his 22 points on 9-16 shooting. Senior captain Nick Lynch (Westford, Mass.) added 14 points on 5-7 shooting. He pulled down a team-high rebounds. Juniors Tom Coyne (Falmouth, Maine) and Kody Greenhalgh (West Warwick, R.I.) both finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively. Greenhalgh added a game-high eight steals. 

A Greenhalgh layup tied the game at 34 with 5:10 left in the first half. But Gilmour sank a pair of free throws on the other end to give Hamilton the lead for good. That started a 7-0 run for the Continentals that featured five straight points from Hoffman, putting Hamilton up 41-34 with 2:58 remaining in the half. Back-to-back buckets from Greenhalgh and sophomore James Mortimer (Sudbury, Mass.) cut the deficit to three with 1:58 left. The Continentals responded with a 5-0 run to go up 46-38 at halftime.

A Spellman three-pointer cut the Hamilton lead to 51-46 with 17:08 left in the second half. A Grassey jumper and a Gilmour three pushed the lead up to 10 before junior Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine) converted a layup with 15:47 left. The Continentals answered with a 7-0 run and led by double figures for the rest of the game.

Bates looks to bounce back Saturday at No. 23 nationally ranked Amherst. Tip is set for 3pm.