By Brian Savard
NEW PALTZ -
Turnovers and cold shooting cost the SUNY New Paltz men’s basketball team (4-6) in an 82-68 non-conference loss to Hamilton College (5-4) on Tuesday evening at the Hawk Center. Three Hawk players reached double figures, while four accomplished the same feat for the Continentals.
New Paltz had its largest lead of the game (three) twice in the first five minutes of play, the second of which came after junior guard/forward Taylor Sowah hit a pair of free throws. Hamilton went on a 15-3 run, though, and after Bradley Gifford hit his second three-pointer of the spurt, junior guard Andrew Joseph broke things up with a pair of made free throws. The Continentals continued to keep a large advantage, and a Peter Kazickas jumper with 38 seconds left in the first period ensured a 41-26 halftime lead for Hamilton.
The Hawks showed signs of life coming out of the break, as senior forward Matt Devine and senior guard/forward Shereef Taylor combined for five points in a 5-0 Hawk run, but the Continentals countered with a 7-0 spurt. New Paltz’s closest deficit of the half came when freshman forward Kevin Roach scored on back-to-back possessions to make it a 14-point game. Hamilton ran out the clock in the final 25 seconds for the win.
Devine led the Hawks with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while freshman forward Deveino McRae chipped in 13 points and six boards. Roach also reached double figures with a career-high 12 points coming off the bench. Joseph had a well-rounded game, boasting game-highs in rebounds with eight and steals with three.
For Hamilton, Matt Hart paved the way with 17 points, while fellow starters Greg Newton and Ken Click added 16 and 12 points, respectively. Kazickas shot 5-of-6 from the line coming off the bench, contributing 14 points total. Click had three blocks to pace the Continentals’ defense in the front court, as the team boasted seven total.
New Paltz returns on Friday, January 4th, as it takes on Delaware Valley College at 7 p.m. in Doylestown, PA.