#19 Men’s Basketball Locks Down on Defense in Win over Hamilton

Andrew Lufkin - WPI Men's Basketball 2022

WORCESTER -- The #19 WPI men's basketball team made it 11 in a row, using a strong defensive effort to top visiting Hamilton, 65-45, in non-conference action on Sunday.  The Engineers run their overall mark to 15-1 on the season, while Hamilton dips to 9-8. 

WPI held Hamilton to just 11 first half points and 45 total, the best defensive performance from the Engineers since a 90-38 victory over Framingham State on January 3, 2020. The 11-straight wins ties for the seventh longest streak in WPI history. 

John Lowther (Hingham, MA) recorded his second straight double-double, leading the Crimson and Gray with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Colin McNamara (Arlington, MA) finished with 11 points, while John Adams (Douglas, MA) added 10 points and eight boards. 

Hamilton was paced by 10 points from Liam Regan (Medway, MA) and eight from Christian McDaniel (Mitchellville, MD). Elliott Tirbaso (Medina, OH) chipped in with seven points and three assists, while Conner Rood (Austin, TX) had six points and a team-high nine rebounds. 

Hamilton rattled off a 7-4 lead to open the game, but WPI's defense locked down shortly after, allowing only four points over the 16 minutes of play, as the Engineers closed out the half with a 29-11 advantage. 

A jumper from Adams pushed the WPI lead 20 points early in the second half, but a 9-2 Hamilton run, capped by a pair of Tirbaso free throws, cut the advantage to 33-20 with 14:02 to play. 

Back-to-back-to-back threes, two from Downing and one from McNamara, increased the WPI lead to 23 points at 57-34 with just over five minutes left. Hamilton would get no closer than a 16-point deficit the rest of the way, as the Engineers finished out the win. 

For the game, WPI held Hamilton to just 27.5% (14-51) from the field and 22.7% (5-22) from long range. The Engineers shot 50.0% from three (7-14), while forcing 18 total turnovers. 

WPI jumps back into NEWMAC play on Wednesday, going on the road to play at Coast Guard at 7pm. Hamilton next plays SUNY Poly at home on Tuesday, tipping off at 7pm.