The Hobart College basketball team used stout defense, strong rebounding and clutch free throw shooting to grind out a 67-61 Liberty League win over Skidmore College this afternoon. Senior Isaiah Washington led three Statesmen in double figures with 16 points.
Washington was 8-of-14 shooting and contributed seven rebounds and a key blocked shot. First-year Alex Moesch logged 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Junior Aidan Rodgers chipped in 14 points, including a 7-of-9 effort at the free throw line.
The Thoroughbreds also put three players in double digits, paced by junior Jake Walsh’s 16 points. First-year Aidan Roy and senior Ian Bentley added 12 points and 10 points, respectively. Skidmore began the weekend third in the nation in blocked shots and added eight more rejections to their total today. Bentley and sophomore Joey Skoric blocked four apiece.
- Despite the Thoroughbreds’ shot blocking prowess, the Statesmen still attacked the rim. Hobart outscored Skidmore 38-20 in the paint.
- For the second game in a row, the Statesmen grabbed a season-high 46 rebounds. Junior Carter Meshanic pulled down a game-high 10 for Hobart.
- The Statesmen turned their attacking offense into 20 free throws, making 17, four more than the Thoroughbreds attempted.
- Hobart shot 40% from the floor, while limiting Skidmore to 34.3% shooting.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A one-point game midway through the first half, Hobart surged into the lead with 10 straight points. Moesch made three driving layups to lead the way.
- Skidmore rallied with a 10-2 run to close the half, heading into the locker room down 25-22.
- Moesch led all scorers with 13 points at the break.
- Sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers by Walsh, Skidmore opened the second half with eight straight points to take its biggest lead of the game, 30-25.
- At the midpoint of the second half, Walsh sank two free throws to give the Thoroughbreds a 42-40 lead, their final advantage of the game.
- Hobart took the lead three times over the next four minutes and each time Skidmore tied the contest in response.
- The Statesmen broke up the back-and-forth, ripping off four straight baskets, the last two by Meshanic, to build a 55-47 lead with 4:21 remaining.
- Skidmore got within three with under 30 seconds left, but Hobart closed out the win by going 5-for-6 at the line down the stretch.
- Washington blocked a layup attempt by Nick Padilla with 18 seconds remaining, protecting a 5-point Hobart lead.
OR THE RECORD
- Hobart improved to 12-2 on the season and moved back into first place in the Liberty League with a 5-2 record, tied with St. Lawrence.
- The Thoroughbreds fall to 4-10 overall, 2-6 in league play.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
- The Statesmen will begin a three-game road trip with a Tuesday visit to Rensselaer (7-7, 4-3). Tipoff in ECAV Arena is set for 7:30 p.m.