Rensselaer blocked 15 shots, but it wasn’t enough to slow down the red hot Hobart Statesmen who picked up their seventh consecutive win 83-75. Sophomore guard Stefan Thompson led all scorers with 25 points for Hobart.
The Engineers (9-6, 3-2) never trailed in the first half, leading by as many as 12 before the Statesmen (13-3, 5-0) closed out the session on a 10-4 run to go into the break trailing 43-40. Hobart rode the broad shoulders of first-year forward Richie Bonney, who netted all of his 18 points before halftime.
Jeremy Bull paced the Engineers with 13 first half points.
The Statesmen seized control of the contest with an 18-2 run to start the second half. A layup by senior forward Adam Salzmann and a traditional three-point play by Thompson gave Hobart the lead. Andrew Darst tied the game with a pair of free throws for RPI, but then the Statesmen rattled off 13 unanswered points to build a 58-45 lead with 13:56 remaining.
The Engineers refused to go down without a fight, using a 13-3 run to trim its deficit to just three with 5:51 to go. Hobart quelled the threat with five straight points and then kept Rensselaer at arm’s length down the stretch.
Thompson was 7-of-20 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Bonney made 7-of-15 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and 3-of-5 from the line. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, leading the Statesmen to a 50-41 edge on the glass. Junior forward Matt Pebole also reached double digits, scoring 13 points.
Bull shot 6-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line, finishing with 18 points. Darst and DJ Blakemore each chipped in 10 points for the Engineers. Daniel Martin led the block party with five rejections, while Pat Harrington added three.
Hobart will return home on Friday, Jan. 28, when St. Lawrence will visit Bristol Gym. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.