Hamilton again struggled at the free throw line, shooting 14 for 23. Combine that with ten turnovers in just the first quarter and it is harder to understand how they came so close than to understand the loss.
Bailey Merritt, senior, again put up gaudy numbers with 21 points and 10 rebounds, as did Marko Stanojcic – 16 and 10 – but foul trouble kept Stanojcic out for much of the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
Alex Thain – after a rough start with numerous turnovers – played well scoring 16 points, and Nick Johnson hit three 3’s in a row to pull the Marines within 4 late in the 4th quarter, but it just wasn’t enough as Hamilton missed on 6 freethrows in the last 2 minutes.
The Marines visit Lakeland Christian tomorrow to try and turn their fortunes around.