Sophomore Matt Pebole scored 11 of Hobart’s 13 points in the second overtime period to lift the Statesmen to a 99-97 victory over Buffalo State College in a non-conference men’s basketball game in Bristol Gym tonight. Pebole finished with a game and career-high 36 points, converting 14-of-23 from the floor, including a pair of threes, and 6-of-8 from the line. He also grabbed a team-high nine boards.
Hobart (6-4) trailed by as many as nine in regulation, but fought back to tie the contest on a pair of free throws by Stefan Thompson with eight seconds to go in regulation. He finished the night with a career-high 29 points and a game-high five assists. Classmate Rezin Davis also hit double figures for the Statesmen, finishing with 11 points.
Pebole started both OT sessions with traditional three-point plays as the home team never trailed in extra time.
T.O. Jackson paced four Bengals in double figures with 25 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Jake Simmons netted 21 points for Buffalo State (1-5), including the layup that forced the second overtime. Justin Mitchell chipped in 14 points and Antonio Samedi added 10 points, nine rebounds, and five blocked shots.
The Bengals got off to a fast start, connecting on 63 percent of their shots from the field in the first half on the way to a 39-31 halftime lead.
Buffalo State expanded its lead to nine early in the second half and still led by six when the Statesmen commenced a 15-2 run. Five different Hobart players scored during the surge that turned a six-point deficit into a seven-point lead.
The Bengals retook the lead with just under four minutes to go on a jumper by Simmons and led by three with 21 ticks remaining in regulation. Thompson made three of four free throws in the waning seconds, while Buffalo State missed both of its chances from the stripe to necessitate extra time.
Hobart shot 43.8 percent from the floor, including 7-of-23 from long range, and 73.3 percent from the free throw line (22-30), while Buffalo State shot 46.3 percent, including 1-of-16 from behind the arc, and made 60.6 percent from the line (20-33). The Bengals enjoyed a 53-40 advantage on the glass, while the Statesmen were plus-six in turnover margin (21-15).
Hobart will begin Liberty League play on Jan. 9, when the Statesmen visit Hamilton. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Buffalo State will return home to face SUNYAC foe Plattsburgh at 8 p.m. on Jan. 8.