Despite missing a pair of starters due to injury, the Hobart basketball team posted a 64-56 victory at Potsdam State tonight. Mark Bruce picked up the offensive slack for the Statesmen, posting a game-high 20 points.
For the first time this season, Matt Pebole and Adam Salzmann were not in the line up for Hobart (7-5), but their teammates made sure their absence did not affect the final outcome.
After the Bears’ Anthony Williams (9 pts, 8 reb) drained a three to open the scoring, the Statesmen produced the contest’s next eight points and 16 of the next 17 to take the lead for good. Potsdam chipped away at its deficit, going into the break down by only three, 32-29.
Hobart scored the first five points of the second half on jumpers by Marc Bertucci (10 pts, 7 reb) and Sean Peer (5 pts, 7 reb) and a three by Bruce to push the lead back into double digits, but like the first half, Potsdam kept clawing away and made things interesting down the stretch.
The Bears trailed by a single point twice in the final four minutes, but could retake the lead. Tim Llewellyn (9 pts, 5 steals) sank a three to answer the first threat. Less than two minutes later, Olando Minott (8 pts, 7 reb) stood on the free throw line with a chance to tie the game. He made the first of the freebies, but missed the second and Hobart scored the final seven points of the night to close out the victory.
Benjamin Walker led three Potsdam players in double figures, recording 14 points.
The Bears (1-9) left a lot of points on the floor, missing more free throws than they made (15-12). The Statesmen defense also harassed Potsdam into 28 turnovers. The extra possessions allowed Hobart to overcome a sub-par shooting night (.381 FG%).
The Statesmen will be back in action on Jan. 15, when they visit Skidmore. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.