CLINTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - Carl Yaffe scored a season-high 22 points and New York University went on to a 69-58 win over Hamilton College in the 2012 Hamilton Thanksgiving Tournament championship game at Hamilton’s Margaret Bundy Scott Field House Sunday. In the Consolation game, Union beat Utica 86-69.
Yaffe averaged 18 points and six rebounds in the two games and was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. NYU's Devin Karch '13 was named to the all-tournament team along with Greg Newton '14 and Bradley Gifford '15 for the Continentals.
Karch contributed 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting. Max Wein '13 reached double figures with 10 points, including eight at the free-throw line, and pulled down nine rebounds. Kyle Stockmal '13 added seven points and game highs of seven assists and three steals.
Gifford paced Hamilton's offense off the bench with 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Newton and Matt Hart '16 scored 11 points apiece, Ajani Santos '16 recorded a season-high nine points and Ken Click '13 had eight.
"NYU was a very talented, veteran team," Hamilton head coach Adam Stockwell said. "Their experience came to the forefront as they were more consistent in their playmaking on both ends of the court. Moving forward, it shows us how precise we need to be in all facets of the game. Although the result was not what we wanted, we learned a great deal about who we are and where we are heading this season."
NYU (4-0 overall) scored the first six points and led the entire way. Gifford and Hart combined for Hamilton’s first 14 points, and the Continentals trailed 19-14 with 11:19 left in the first half.
NYU shot 53.5 percent (23-43) while Hamilton made 41.4 percent (24-58) of its shots. The Violets went 18-for-26 at the line and Hamilton attempted just nine free throws.
The Continentals return to the court on Thursday, Nov. 29, when they host Keystone College in non-conference action. NYU heads back home for a matchup with New Jersey City University on Monday, Dec. 3.
In the first game of the day, Utica (1-3) had four different players score in double-figures as the Pioneers lost their second contest of the weekend. Aaron Nevins (Buffalo, NY/Canisius) and Connor Maisch (Kingston, NY/John A. Coleman) each led UC with 14 point efforts, while senior forward Jeff Ward (Ossining, NY/Ossining High School) added 11 points and five rebounds. Senior Matt Baldwin (Gloversville, NY/Gloversville) chipped in with 10 points, including three 3-pointers, and junior forward Chris Jeffers (Albany, NY/Bishop Maginn) grabbed a team-high ten rebounds and scored eight points.
Dutchmen Joe Mason scored a game-high 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor, while Keven Donohue netted 13 points and snagged a game-best 11 rebounds. Evan Croll shot 5-of-6 from the floor and scored 12 points, while Cal Shorey added eight points and five assists.
The Pioneers return to the hardwood on Wednesday night when they travel to SUNY Canton for a non-conference contest at 6 p.m.