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Healy’s 25 spark Statesmen to victory over Brewers

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  • Kyle Evans 

Junior guard Pat Healy scored a game-high 25 points to spark the Hobart basketball team to a 76-63 Liberty League win over Vassar tonight. The win, coupled with Clarkson’s win over RPI, moved the Statesmen back into a three-way tie for first in the conference with one game remaining in the regular season.

Healy’s fireworks included a 10-of-14 shooting performance, three 3-pointers and a 2-for-2 effort at the line. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and logged a game-high four steals. He was joined in double digits by junior forward Carter Meshanic, who scored 14 points and was 6-of-12 from the floor. Senior guard Isaiah Washington added 11 points and eight rebounds, sharing game-high honors with senior forward Ryan Lucey.

Vassar had two players in double figures led by first-year guard Shea Fitzgerald’s 20 points. Sophomore forward Nathan Denham chipped in 11 points and six boards, sharing team-high honors with first-year forward Sebastian Medina.

KEY STATS

  • Hobart never trailed, leading for 36:57. Vassar forged the only tie of the game at 2-2.
  • The Statesmen controlled the boards, outrebounding the Brewers 40-32.
  • Hobart, as it has for most of the season, got it done at the free throw line. The Statesmen made twice as many free throws (14) as Vassar attempted (7).

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Hobart broke the game open early. After the visitors tied the game at 2, the Statesmen responded with a 23-5 run.
  • First-year Alex Moesch (9 pts) led the way with six points, while Meshanic, Washington and Healy each contributed four points in the pivotal swing. Healy highlighted the run, throwing down a breakaway dunk set up by a steal by junior guard Hunter Meshanic.
  • The Statesmen went into halftime with a 38-22 lead. Hobart shot 50% from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
  • Vassar didn’t give up the fight in the second half, using 11 straight points to cut Hobart’s lead to seven with 12:08 remaining.
  • Healy stopped the run with a steal and set up first-year forward Dorian Paki’s layup.
  • First-year guard Avery Lee hit on a pull up jumper to get the visitors back within seven, but Healy matched his pull up at the other end of the floor and Washington scored three points, all at the free throw line to push the home team’s lead back into double figures for good.

FOR THE RECORD

  • Hobart improved to 19-5 overall, 12-5 in the Liberty League.
  • Vassar fell to 9-15, 7-10.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

  • Five of the six Liberty League playoff spots are secured.
  • Hobart, RPI and St. Lawrence are tied atop the standings. The Engineers will visit the Saints tomorrow.
  • Union and Bard are tied for fourth place at 9-8. Both the Garnet Chargers and the Raptors have locked up a spot in the tournament.
  • At 8-9 in league play, RIT occupies the sixth and final playoff spot, one game ahead of Clarkson, Ithaca and Vassar. The Tigers are in with a win over Bard tomorrow.
  • Seeding and possibly the final playoff spot will be decided by the league’s tiebreaker rules.

SENIOR DAY

  • Hobart will conclude the regular season at home against Union (14-9, 9-8) at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. The Garnet Chargers earned their third straight win, defeating RIT 83-76 tonight.