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Meshanic’s game-high 22 leads Hobart to 6th straight win

Junior forward Carter Meshanic posted a game-high 22 points as the Hobart College basketball team remained undefeated, knocking off Vassar College 69-58 in a Liberty League contest this afternoon. The Statesmen improved to 6-0, matching the program record for wins to start a season (2011-12).

Meshanic was 8-of-11 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line. He also grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots. Senior forward Ryan Lucey posted career-highs of 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Senior Isaiah Washington and juniors Pat Healy and Aidan Rodgers all finished with nine points.

The Brewers had three players reach double digits led by Shea Fitzgerald’s 14 points. Avery Lee and Case Parsons each chipped in 10 points. Logan Scott added seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

KEY STATS

  • Hobart made more free throws (15) than Vassar attempted (9). In fact, the Statesmen played sound defense throughout the contest keeping the Brewers off the line until just 5:07 remained in the game.
  • After struggling to find their range in the first half (36.4%, 0-8 3FG), Hobart shot 60.9% in the second half.
  • For Vassar, the shooting woes were an inverse of the Statesmen’s. The Brewers connected on 51.7% in the first half, but cooled off to just 29% after the break.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Hobart held a 14-11 lead midway through the opening 20 minutes, but Vassar launched an 18-5 surge that led the Brewers to a 29-19 lead, their largest of the half.
  • The Statesmen ended the half on an 11-4 run that whittled their deficit down to just three, 33-30, going into halftime.
  • Meshanic led all scorers with 12 points at the break.
  • Hobart opened the second half with a 14-7 run to seize a 44-40 lead.
  • Vassar kept it close down the stretch, but trailed by at least two possessions for the rest of the game.

FOR THE RECORD

  • Hobart: 6-0, 2-0 in Liberty League
  • Vassar: 2-5, 0-2 in Liberty League

UP NEXT

  • Hobart will return to Bristol Gym for a pair of games before concluding the calendar year in Florida.
  • The Statesmen will begin their homestand at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 against conference foe Rensselaer.