Men's basketball falls in league opener at Hamilton

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 8, 2012
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Kyle Donovan (Charlie Spatz Photography)

CLINTON, N.Y. --- Colby tri-captains Kyle Donovan, Ben Foreman, and Eric Beaulieu all had double figures in scoring only to watch Hamilton College win a NESCAC game for the first time in a 70-62 win on Sunday.
 
Greg Newton scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting to lead Hamilton.
 
Donovan led the Mules (4-8, 0-1 NESCAC) with 19 points. Foreman chipped in 16 points and Beaulieu added 10 and six rebounds. The three combined to shoot 14-for-23 from the field.
 
The NESCAC win was the first in program history for Hamilton. The Continentals played in the Liberty League from 1995-2011, and prior to that the team competed as an independent.
 
There were five ties and six lead changes in the first half, and the largest lead for either team came when Foreman drained a 3-pointer to give Colby a 14-9 lead with 13:01 left. Newton hit a layup and a jumper late in the half to give Hamilton a three-point lead, but Ben Brassord '14 made a layup with 15 seconds left to cut the Continentals' lead to 34-33 at halftime.
 
After Beaulieu converted a layup 56 seconds into the half to give the Mules a 37-36 lead, Newton scored the next nine points to give Hamilton a 45-37 lead with 16:33 left. Newton converted a pair of layups, hit two free throws, and drained a 3-pointer to cap the spurt.
 
A basket by Dan Chase pulled Colby to within three points with 9:46 remaining, but the Continentals answered with a 10-0 run to enjoy their largest lead of the game at 59-46.
 
Donovan hit a layup to make it 63-59 with 2:10 left. But Newton restored Hamilton's six-point lead with a pair of free throws on the ensuing play, and Colby did not get any closer the rest of the way.
 
The Continentals shot 45.6 percent fron the floor, and better than 81 percent from the line in the second half to seal the victory. Colby shot 44.4 percent from the floor and held a 31-27 rebound advantage. The Mules lead the all-time series 5-3.
 
Colby travels to Bates College for a NESCAC game on Friday at 8 p.m.
 
HAMILTON COLLEGE 70, COLBY COLLEGE 62
COLBY COLLEGE (4-8, 0-1 NESCAC)
Kyle Donovan 6-8 4-4 19; Ben Foreman 5-10 2-2 16; Eric Beaulieu 3-5 4-4 10;
Dan Chase 3-4 0-0 7; Connor O'Neil 1-10 4-5 6; Ben Brassord 2-3 0-0 4; Shane
Rogers 0-3 0-0 0; Jonathan Kalin 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 20-45 14-16 62.
HAMILTON COLLEGE (11-4, 1-1 NESCAC)
Greg Newton 10-12 4-4 25; Pat Sullivan 5-13 3-6 13; Ken Click 4-6 0-0 9;
Ephraim McDowell 2-8 2-2 8; Hans Schulte 1-1 3-4 6; Matt Dean 2-4 0-0 5;
Eric Benvenuti 2-10 0-0 4; Sadiq Abubakar 0-2 0-0 0; Bradley Gifford 0-1 0-0
0. Totals 26-57 12-16 70.
Colby College................. 33 29 - 62
Hamilton College.............. 34 36 - 70
3-point goals-Colby College 8-22 (Ben Foreman 4-9; Kyle Donovan 3-3; Dan
Chase 1-2; Shane Rogers 0-2; Jonathan Kalin 0-1; Connor O'Neil 0-5),
Hamilton College 6-21 (Ephraim McDowell 2-8; Matt Dean 1-2; Hans Schulte
1-1; Greg Newton 1-2; Ken Click 1-1; Bradley Gifford 0-1; Eric Benvenuti
0-3; Pat Sullivan 0-3). Fouled out--Colby College-None, Hamilton
College-Eric Benvenuti. Rebounds-Colby College 31 (Eric Beaulieu 6),
Hamilton College 27 (Eric Benvenuti 4; Pat Sullivan 4; Matt Dean 4; Greg
Newton 4). Assists-Colby College 14 (Connor O'Neil 3; Ben Foreman 3; Eric
Beaulieu 3), Hamilton College 15 (Hans Schulte 4; Greg Newton 4; Matt Dean
4). Total fouls-Colby College 18, Hamilton College 17. A-137


 
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