Men's basketball falls at Manhattanville in season opener

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Jack Bramswig posted a double-double with game-high totals of 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Manhattanville College pulled away in the second half for a 73-64 victory over Hamilton College at Manhattanville's Kennedy Gym on Nov. 17.

Bramswig was one of four Valiants to reach double figures in scoring. Anthony Maestre added 15 points, Colin Campbell chipped in 12 and Craig Augustine recorded 11 points and eight boards. Wills Flynn and Darius Christmas handed out four assists apiece.

Greg Newton '14 paced the Hamilton offense with 19 points and added five rebounds and three assists. Newton went 9-for-11 at the free-throw line.  Matt Hart '16 scored 10 points off the bench in his collegiate debut and Bradley Gifford '15 tacked on eight points to go with a team-high 10 rebounds. Peter Kazickas '15 was credited with three steals.

Ken Click '13 scored Hamilton's first basket of the season, which helped the Continentals jump out to an early 10-5 lead. The Valiants took their first lead at 11-10 by scoring the next six points and led 17-14 with 9:27 remaining in the half. Hamilton responded with a 10-0 scoring run as Newton and Matt Dean '14 scored four points apiece for a 24-17 advantage.

Hamilton (0-1 overall) still led 32-25 with just over three minutes to play. But Bramswig scored the last four points of the half, including a jumper with one second left, to help Manhattanville (2-0) pull even at 37-37 at the break.

The Continentals began the second half with a 10-3 run and took a 47-40 lead with 14:14 left. The Valiants answered with an 8-0 run to take a 48-47 lead with 10:22 left in the game.

Hamilton regained the lead at 50-48 on three free throws by Hans Schulte '13, and led 54-52 on a Newton free throw with 6:48 remaining. Maestre hit a 3-pointer with just under six minutes to go that gave Manhattanville the lead for good and sparked a 14-4 run.

"Manhattanville outworked us on the boards and did a great job with penetrating the lane," Continentals' head coach Adam Stockwell said. "They made the big plays that we didn't down the stretch."

Hamilton shot 31 percent from the floor in the second half and 39.3 percent (22-56) for the game. The Continentals were just 1 of 15 from beyond the arc. Hamilton's defense was solid as the Continentals blocked seven shots. The teams combined to shoot 72 free throws.
Hamilton travels to Elmira College for another non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Manhattanville hosts Purchase College on Tuesday.