Skip to content
Home » Sports » College » Hobart Statesmen » Tigers slip past Statesmen 77-76

Tigers slip past Statesmen 77-76

The Hobart College basketball team came up just short of an 11th straight win, suffering its first loss of the season, 77-76 at Rochester Institute of Technology tonight. The Statesmen got off three shots in the final five seconds, but couldn’t get one to fall before time expired.

Junior Carter Meshanic and senior Ryan Lucey paced Hobart with a pair of double-doubles. Meshanic was 7-of-11 shooting on his way to a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Lucey was 6-of-10 shooting and posted 14 points and 10 boards. Junior Pat Healy also hit double digits, finishing with 13 points. Junior Aidan Rodgers contributed eight points and a game-high four steals.

Jackson Otis led the Tigers with 20 points. He highlighted the hot-shooting Tigers’ offense, making all six of his shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers. Brock Bowen added 17 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute left, and grabbed a team-high six boards. Keegan Ocorr chipped in 13 points.

FOR THE RECORD

  • Hobart slips to 10-1 on the season, 3-1 in the Liberty League.
  • RIT improved to 6-4 overall, 1-1 in league play.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • A close game throughout, neither team led by more than seven points. The contest featured 14 lead changes and 10 ties.
  • RIT used a 10-0 run late in the half to build its largest lead, 40-33.
  • Hobart scored five of the final six points of the opening 20 minutes to trim the Tigers’ lead to just three, 41-38.
  • The Tigers shot 62.5% from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.
  • RIT led 57-55 midway through the second half when the Statesmen used an 11-2 run to turn the tide in their favor, 66-59 with under 10 minutes left.
  • Hobart still led by five following Meshanic’s driving layup with 2:54 left, but it proved to be the team’s final field goal of the game.
  • Matt Caggiano sank a three near the two-minute mark and Bowen did the same just over a minute later for a 75-74 lead.
  • Bowen added to the lead with a pair of free throws with 12 ticks left and then RIT fouled Rodgers with 9 seconds to go.
  • Rodgers made both to complete the scoring.
  • Hobart quickly fouled Bowen, who missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Statesmen raced up the floor and got off three shots under pressure in the paint, but couldn’t get a friendly roll on the Clark Gym rim.

KEY STATS

  • RIT shot a season-high 57.1% from the floor and made 8-of-15 3-point ties.
  • Hobart had the upper hand in points off turnovers (14-6), second chance points (18-9), bench points (15-14), points in the paint (48-36) and fast break points (10-9).

UP NEXT

  • The Statesmen will wrap up their four-game road trip at Ithaca (7-3, 2-1) on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.