POUGHKEEPSIE – Despite shooting high field goal percentages in the first half, the Vassar College men’s basketball team fell to Hamilton College 69-54 Saturday afternoon.
In the victory, Hamilton tallied 22 points from inside the arc and 11 from the free throw line in the second half to go along with 30 points off three-pointers. The Continentals were sent to the line only once in the first half.
The Brewers (3-4) next travel to Bronxville, NY to play Sarah Lawrence on Monday, December 10th at 8:00 pm in the last away game of the semester. The Continentals (4-4) will next travel to New Paltz on Tuesday, December 11 for an 8:00 p.m. game.
The Brewers allowed Hamilton to get 24 of its 30 first half points from beyond the arc. Eric Benvenuti and Matt Hart both led the Continentals from 3-point range with three each.
Vassar got things started in the first five minutes with an 8-3 run, led by senior guard Jon Herzog’s and sophomore guard Sam Rappaport’s threes.
Benvenuti responded with a 3-pointer to start a 9-2 run for the Continentals. The run brought the score to 10-9 with over 13 minutes to play. Vassar built its lead to seven before Hamilton’s Joseph Lin hit a 3-pointer reducing Vassar’s lead to 16-12.
Hamilton tied the game 18-18 with seven minutes remaining in the first half with a Ken Click layup. Vassar and Hamilton exchanged scores resulting in three lead changes in three minutes. Hamilton led 24-22 after a Hart 3-pointer. The Continentals ended the first half with a 6-4 run and went into the locker room up 30-26.
The Brewer’s hit 41.7 percent from the floor in the first half but dropped to 34.6 percent in the second. Hamilton shot 36.7 percent in the first half and jumped to 50.0 percent in the second. Those numbers enabled the Continentals to keep Vassar at bay.
Hart led Hamilton with 23 points with Benvenuti adding 11. Junior forward John Donnelly had 13 points for the Brewers with Herzog and sophomore guard Curtis Smith adding ten points apiece.