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Statesmen win league opener to move to 5-0

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  • Kyle Evans 

The Hobart College basketball team won its Liberty League opener 81-66 at Union College tonight to improve to 5-0 this season. For the second straight game, the Statesmen rallied from an 11-point deficit to remain undefeated.

Hobart placed four players in double figures paced by junior Carter Meshanic’s game-high 25 points. Junior Aidan Rodgers and senior Isaiah Washington each chipped in 17 points. Junior Pat Healy added 15 points. Meshanic and Healy shared team-high honors with eight rebounds apiece, leading the Statesmen to a 41-38 advantage on the glass. Meshanic also logged a game-high three steals.

Union was led by Connor Cepiel’s 11 points. Aren Cummings was the Garnet Chargers’ only other player in double digits, logging 10 points. Jack Plesser and Christian Dufort pulled down eight boards apiece.

KEY STATS

  • Hobart committed a season-low eight turnovers, while Union turned the ball over 13 times. The Statesmen made the most of that margin, enjoying a 15-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
  • Hobart had the upperhand in volume of shots and shooting percentage, going 33-of-70 (47.1%). Union was 27-of-65 (41.5%) from the floor.
  • For the first time this season, Hobart didn’t make more free throws than its opponent attempted. The Statesmen went 8-of-13 at the line, while the Garnet Chargers were 6-of-10.

COACH’S CORNER 

“What a great way to start Liberty League play on the road. Union is a very tough team and tested our composure. Isaiah Washington was huge for us in the second half on both ends of the floor. When we settled in on defense the game changed for us and we need to make sure we carry that throughout the year.”
— Hobart Head Coach Stefan Thompson ’13

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Hobart opened the game on a 10-2 run, but Union came roaring back.
  • The Garnet Chargers used a 28-9 run, nine different players scored for the home team during the surge.
  • The Statesmen snapped out of their offensive funk, outscoring Union 14-7 trimming their deficit to 39-35 by halftime.
  • Hobart opened the second half on an 11-4 run to reclaim the lead. Meshanic accounted for six points during the run.
  • Dufort tied the game at 46 with a 3-pointer, but over the next eight minutes, the Statesmen outscored their hosts 21-8 to seize control of the game. Hobart led by at least nine for the remainder of the night.

FUN FACT

  • Hobart is 5-0 for the first time since starting the 2011-12 season with six straight wins.

ON THE HORIZON

  • The Statesmen will attempt to match the 2011-12 team’s start when they visit Vassar College (2-4, 0-1) on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tipoff in Poughkeepsie is scheduled for 4 p.m.