Llewellyn appeared to be everywhere this afternoon, picking pockets in one-on-one defense, in help defense, and from behind in transition. His 11-steal performance surpassed the standard (8) that he had tied twice already this season and was originally established by Mike Deane against Alfred on Feb. 11, 1970. Llewellyn also netted 12 points and grabbed four boards.
Hobart sophomore guard Mark Bruce enjoyed game-high honors with 18 points, including six during the game changing surge, while sophomore forward Adam Salzmann and sophomore guard Rob Estep added 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Brian Salanger led the Golden Knights with 12 points, while Jonathan Hood and George Kuduah contributed 10 points apiece.
Clarkson (13-10, 4-8) rattled off 13 unanswered points in the first half to build a 20-9 lead at the 11:27 mark. Salanger’s three with 3:28 left in the opening stanza gave the visitors their largest lead of the half, 32-17, before taking a comfortable 36-24 advantage into the break.
It was another Salanger three that gave Clarkson its fateful 15-point lead at 11:58 of the second half, but the Golden Knights did not convert a field goal attempt over the next 7 minutes, 27 seconds, leaving the door open for Hobart’s comeback. The Statesmen maintained a lead of between two and five points over the final four minutes of the contest.
Neither team shot particularly well from the floor (39.3 for CU, 36.4 for HC), but Hobart made its shots when it counted most, connecting on 52 percent of its field goal tries in the final 20 minutes. The Statesmen were also able to overcome a 47-28 Knights’ advantage on the glass, but forcing 24 turnovers (15 in the second half).
Hobart will be back in action on Feb. 17, when the Statesmen visit Hamilton. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.