Score: Hamilton 92, Wesleyan 76
Records: No. 9 Wesleyan (11-2, 0-2 NESCAC); Hamilton (10-2, 2-0 NESCAC)
Location: Clinton, N.Y.
Date: Saturday, January 7
Time: 3 p.m.
The Lead: Nathan Krill '18 and Kevin O'Brien '19 each scored 20 points, both career-highs, but the ninth-ranked Wesleyan University men's basketball team fell to Hamilton College Saturday on the road, 92-76.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The game went back-and-forth for much of the opening minutes, and a lay-up by Krill at the 12:47 mark gave the Cardinals a 15-12 lead.
- Hamilton responded, however, and scored 10 unanswered points. The run lifted the home team to a 22-15 advantage, and the Continentals would never look back.
- Wesleyan trailed by as much as 12, but went on a 12-5 run to get within five with :47 remaining on the clock.
- However, another run by the home team closed out the half as Vincent Conn hit a lay-up at the buzzer to give Hamilton a 41-32 halftime lead.
- Krill was impressive in the first half and posted a double-double in the first 20 minutes of action with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals came out strong to start the second half and scored eight of the first 10 points to get within three following a lay-up from O'Brien at the 17:35 mark.
- However, it proved to be the closest Wesleyan would get the rest of the way.
- After a three from O'Brien got the Cardinals within five, 55-51 with 13:08 remaining, Hamilton began to pull away and went ahead by 10 at the 11:11 mark.
- The Continentals would continue to increase their lead down the stretch en route to the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Krill finished with career-highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds. Harry Rafferty '17 added nine points, while JR Bascom '18 and Andrew Gardiner '19 each scored eight. Salim Green '19 led the Cardinals with three assists.
- Four players scored in double-figures for Hamilton as Andrew Groll led the way with 20. Michael Grassey and Tim Doyle each scored 13 points, and Kena Gilmour added 10. Groll also grabbed 14 rebounds to complete the double-double.
- Despite the loss, Wesleyan won the rebounding battle 47-41 and outscored the Continentals in the paint, 38-26.
- Wesleyan returns to the court Friday, Jan. 13 and will host Little Three rival, No. 3 Amherst. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
- Hamilton is back in action Friday as well and will play at Bates at 7 p.m.