Men's Basketball Edged by Hamilton, 69-66
CLINTON, N.Y. -- Pat Sullivan hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining to lift Hamilton College to a 69-66 win over Bridgewater State University in the second game of the Hamilton Tip-Off Tournament at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Nov. 18.
Hamilton will take on Clark University for the tournament title on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m., and SUNY-IT will take on Bridgewater State in the consolation game at 2.
Sullivan finished with 14 points and five rebounds for Hamilton (1-0). Bradley Gifford was 4 of 6 from behind the arc in his first collegiate action, and finished with 14 points off the bench. Gifford also recorded a game-high four steals. Matt Dean chipped in 12 points to go along with five boards.
Samuel Johnson led a balanced scoring attack for Bridgewater State (1-1) with 12 points. Shawn Yard added 10 points to go with a team-high three assists and a pair of blocks.
Bridgewater State shot better than 56 percent from the floor in the first half, and held a 35-33 lead at the break. The Continentals opened the second half on a 17-7 run to take a 50-42 lead with 12:19 left. Bridgewater State tied the score twice down the stretch but never led again.
Bridgewater trailed by four points, 66-62, with under a minute and half left to play. Andrew Groth cut the deficit to two as he sank a pair of free throws. Following a turnover, Corey Ryser hit a driving layup to tie the score at 66-66 with just 27 seconds remaining.