Liberty League men’s basketball leader Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute closed out the regular season with a 79-54 win at Hobart College this afternoon. The Engineers jumped out to an early lead and never trailed on the way to their sixth straight win.
RPI (21-4, 15-3) got a double-double from Jonny Angbazo, who was 9-of-13 shooting with a pair of threes and 3-for-4 at the line for a game-high 23 points to go with a game-high 11 rebounds. Mason Memmelaar added 16 points and Dom Black chipped in 11. Will Rubin finished with eight points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Hobart (12-13, 9-9) got eight points from all three Meshanic brothers, Jackson, Carter and Hunter. Jackson Meshanic also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
The Engineers scored the first nine points of the game and 17 of the first 23 to break the game open early. Angbazo posted nine points during RPI’s 17-5 opening run.
Inside the two-minute mark of the first half, Hunter Meshanic made a 3-pointer off an assist from Jack Lesure to pull the Statesmen within 10, but the Engineers ended the first half on an 8-3 run. RPI led 38-23 at the break.
The Engineers pushed their lead to 25 with a 10-0 run to start the second half and kept Hobart at bay down the stretch.
RPI will be the top seed in the Liberty League Tournament, finishing two-games ahead of second place Ithaca. The Engineers will host the semifinals and championship game Feb. 26-27.
Hobart finished sixth in the league standings, a half game behind fifth place Skidmore. As the sixth seed, the Statesmen will travel to No. 3 Vassar (15-8, 11-6) on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The teams split their regular season series with the Brewers winning 68-65 on their home floor in December. Hobart earned a 73-68 win in Geneva on Friday night.