Hamilton College's unbeaten men's basketball team was on target again Wednesday night.

Led by senior captain Joe Pucci's career-high 26 points and 8-for-10 shooting from 3-point range, the Continentals improved to 7-0 with a 112-96 non-conference victory over SUNY Polytechnic Institute at the Campus Center Gym in Marcy.

Pucci, a 6-foot-7 guard whose previous career high was 16 points — he hadn't reached double figures in Hamilton's first six games this season — wasn't the only one shooting the lights out for the Continentals. As a team, Hamilton shot 61.5 percent (40 for 65) from the field, including 15-for-29 shooting from beyond the arc.

Hamilton's Kena Gilmour scored 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and had seven rebounds and four assists. Vince Conn and Peter Hoffmann scored 13 points each and Michael Grassey had 12 for the Continentals, who entered the game as one of the highest-scoring Division III teams in the country — they were ranked 12th at 93.7 points per game.

Hamilton has scored over 100 points twice this season and Wednesday marked its sixth straight game scoring at least 90 points. The Continentals, who host Bard College at 2 p.m. Saturday, have a 32-2 series lead over SUNY Poly and have won the last nine meetings.

Redell Freeman had 19 points and eight assists and Kevin Williams had 17 points and seven rebounds for SUNY Poly (4-2). Thomas R. Proctor High School graduate Kerim Gredelj scored 10 points and Westmoreland's Tyler Taverne had nine points for the Wildcats, who had won three straight.

• Joe Stortini scored 26 points and freshman Kobe Lufkin scored 15 points on five 3-pointers and had four assists to lead Utica College to an 87-74 win over visiting Morrisville State College (3-4). Justin Strielkauskas scored 12 points and Ivan Iton had nine points and 12 rebounds for the Pioneers, who were 25 for 35 from the foul line. Stortini made 13 of 18 free throw attempts. Kevin Dennis led Morrisville State with 31 points. 

 

Balanced scoring helps

Hamilton women go 7-0

Six Hamilton College players scored at least eight points — led by Marie Steiner's 12 points and Samantha Srinivasan's 11 — and the Continentals improved to 7-0 with a 65-47 win over Union College in a non-conference game at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. Lauren Getman added eight points and 11 rebounds for the Continentals, who outrebounded Union 50-26. The Dutchwomen fell to 2-3.

• Former Harpursville High School star Miranda Drummond scored 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting and grabed nine rebounds to lead unbeaten and 24th-ranked Syracuse University (9-0) to a 79-39 non-conference win over Colgate (4-5) at the Carrier Dome. SU led 51-16 at the half.

• Former Frankfort-Schuyler standout Billie Rivenburgh, a 5-foot-11 freshman forward, had nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks as SUNY Canton (3-3) scored a 67-59 road win over Morrisville State College (3-5). Tori Rockefeller scored 14 points for the Mustangs.

 

CVA wrestlers hosting

18th Annual Valley Duals

The 18th annual Valley Duals Wrestling Tournament is Friday and Saturday at Central Valley Academy in Ilion. On Friday, doors open at 4 p.m. and wrestling begins at 5. On Saturday, doors open at 8:30 a.m. and wrestling begins at 9:30. There is no admission charge.

CVA, Holland Patent, LaSalle, Lowville, Mount Markham, Norwich, Onteora and Spencer-Van Etten are the teams that are entered in the tournament.

• CVA's Thunder was edged by Camden, 45-38, in Wednesday night's dual meet in Ilion. Camden's Devin Coleman (99), Ty Harter (138), Riley Gerber (145), Colby Johnson (152), Gavin Vera (170) and John Mitchell (195) all won by pin, and Hunter Williams was a 3-2 winner at 126 pounds. Marek Bush (113), Ande Klosner (132), and Riley Brewer (220) won by pin for the Thunder, and Hunter Shaut (160) and Cory Blais (285) won decisions.