CLINTON - Hamilton College's unbeaten men's basketball team passed its stiffest test yet Friday night.
The nationally ranked No. 18 Continentals - one of the last four undefeated Division III teams in the country - got 20 points from sophomore guard Kena Gilmour, made 24 of 28 free throws, and beat No. 14 Wesleyan University 76-70 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) showdown at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.
Peter Hoffmann scored 12 points and blocked four shots and Tim Doyle and Michael Grassey scored nine points each for Hamilton, now 2-0 in the conference and 13-0 overall. The Continentals are home again Saturday for a 3 p.m. NESCAC game against Connecticut College (0-2, 6-8).
Antone Walker scored 17 points and Jordan Bonner had 16 for Wesleyan (1-2, 10-3).
The Cardinals, ranked No. 9 in the country last year when Hamilton knocked them off 92-76, took an early 15-11 lead Friday. Gilmour's 3-pointer with 2:01 left in the half, however, gave Hamilton its biggest lead of the night at 34-21.
Wesleyan answered with a 10-0 run, but Hoffmann ended that with a last-second jumper and Hamilton had a 36-31 halftime advantage.
The Continentals never lost the lead in a nip-and-tuck second half. Wesleyan wound up outrebounding Hamilton 42-31, but the Continentals scored 29 points off 22 Wesleyan turnovers.
Hamilton got plenty of help from its bench, too. Andrew Groll scored eight points and Jack Dwyer had seven for the Continentals.
• In Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University handed the Hamilton College women's basketball team its first NESCAC loss, 62-56. Halie Serbent scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Carly O'Hern and Marie Steiner scored 10 points each for Hamilton (1-1, 11-3).
• The Herkimer County Community College men's basketball team - 11-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country in this week's NJCAA Division III poll - was forced by weather to postpone its home game against Monroe Community College on Saturday. Coach Matt Lee's Generals are scheduled to host Ulster County Community College at 1 p.m. Sunday.