The Hobart College basketball team erupted for 62 second half points to claim the 2011 ECAC Upstate Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship over Medaille College 94-76 in Bristol Gym. Senior guard Tim Llewellyn was named the Most Outstanding Player after averaging 14.5 points, 3.5 steals, and 3.0 assists.
Llewellyn produced 20 points in the Statesmen’s semifinal win over Sage last night, finished his career with nine points, three assists, and three steals. Fittingly, the final time his name appears in the play-by-play is on a steal with 47 seconds left in the contest. It was the 277th theft of his career, 96 more than any other player in Hobart history.
The Statesmen, who trailed 33-32 at the break, began the second half on a tear and never slowed down. Hobart scored the first seven points of the session and used a 25-7 surge to build a 57-40 lead. The Mavericks trailed by at least 10 for the remainder of the contest.
The trio of senior Adam Salzmann, junior Matt Pebole and sophomore Stefan Thompson found another gear in the second half. After combining for 11 points in the first half, each of them scored at least 11 in the second half.
Salzmann, who canned five 3-pointers in his Bristol Gym debut, went 3-for-3 from long range against the Mavericks and finished with 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Pebole, who had seven points and five boards at the half, was 5-of-7 from the floor in the second half and logged a team-high 18 points and shared game-high honors on the glass with Salzmann. Thompson produced 14 points and handed out five assists in the second half, capping his second season with 16 points and a game-high six assists.
The Statesmen scored 62 points in the second half, the most in a half by a Hobart team since at least 1999-00 (the earliest season entered in the computer program Stat Crew). The Statesmen shot 66.7 percent from the floor (20-30) and ended the game 31-of-62. Hobart knocked down 10 3-pointers and 75.9 percent of its free throws.
Medaille (21-8) trailed by as many as eight in the first half before ending the stanza on a 10-2 run to take a 33-32 lead into the locker room. Ricky Reed paced the Mavericks with a game-high 23 points, while Ron Malicki netted 17 points. Angel Flores scored 13 points and Joe Mogavero contributed 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Statesmen finished the season with a 21-7 record, breaking the school mark for wins in a season (previously 20 by the 2000-01 team) and tying the mark for highest winning percentage (.750, established by the 1955-56 team, 15-5). The Class of 2011—Michael Barlow, Mark Bruce, Brian Burbank, Llewellyn, Salzmann, and Ryan Young—went 58-48 during their careers, the most wins by a Hobart graduating class.
Additional Hobart Notes
- Bruce played in a Hobart record 105 career games.
- Llewellyn started 102 of the 104 games he played during his career, a school record for most starts.
- Llewellyn finished his career with 1,041 points, 19th on Hobart’s all-time list.
- Llewellyn is tied for second in career 3-point field goals made (193).
- Pebole will enter his senior year with 1,188 points, 11th on the all-time list and 513 points behind the career record set by Joe Corbett ’03.
- Salzmann was 57-of-92 (.620) from the floor this season, just shy of the single season record set by John Grazioli ’08 in 2005-06 (.621).
- Thompson has 816 career points, 24 points ahead of Corbett after two seasons.
- Thompson’s 122 assists this season are the most by a Statesman since Kevin Leonardo ’01 had 141 helpers in 2000-01.
- As a team, Hobart broke the school record for points in a season with 2,228 (2,121 in 2009-10).
- The Statesmen also established new season marks for FGM (775, 764 in 2009-10), 3FGM (212, 201 in 2009-10), free throw percentage (.734, .730 in 1978-79).