The Hobart basketball team opened the 2010-11 season with an 87-64 victory over Cazenovia in Bristol Gym tonight. The Statesmen controlled the paint, outscoring the Wildcats 46-28 and dominating the boards 54-37.
Sophomore guard Stefan Thompson led four Hobart players in double figures with a game-high 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Junior forward Matt Pebole added 14 points, while senior guard Tim Llewellyn chipped in 11 points. First-year forward Richie Bonney produced a double-double in his Statesmen debut, notching 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Darnell Sampson was the only Cazenovia player to reach double figures, finishing the night with 19.
The Wildcats (0-1) scored the first two baskets of the game to take a 4-0 lead, but Hobart countered with 12 unanswered points. Cazenovia fought back for a 17-14 lead midway through the first half, only to see the Statesmen go on an 11-2 run to take the lead for good.
The Wildcats hung close, trailing by just two after a Sampson basket with 1:07 left in the first half, but Adam Salzmann (4 pts, 9 rebs, 3 stls) scored a layup, stole the inbounds pass, netted another layup, stole another inbounds pass, and called timeout.
While the Statesmen didn’t score after the pause, Thompson came up with a steal of his own and sank the final basket of the half to send his team into the locker room with a 37-29 lead.
Hobart made the first two field goals of the second half, but an 11-3 run by the visitors trimmed the lead to just four, 44-40. The Statesmen outscored the Wildcats 11-6 over the next five minutes to push their lead into double digits for good.
Hobart finished the game with 18 offensive rebounds, which led to a 20-5 advantage in second chance points.
The Statesmen will be back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 17 when they visit Ithaca. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.