Hobart College senior Tim Llewellyn scored a team-high 20 points, and first-year Richie Bonney recorded a double-double on 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds to lead the Statesmen to a 94-81 win over Sage in an ECAC Upstate Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinal played in Bristol Gym tonight.
The Statesmen tied the school record for wins in a season, improving to 20-7, and will face Medaille, a 71-68 winner over Brockport, on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. for the championship. The Gators wrap up their season with a 13-13 mark.
Llwellyn was 7-for-12 from the floor including 6-of-11 from the 3-point arc. He also contributed three assists and four steals. Sophomore Stefan Thompson also reached double figures in scoring with 15 points, and he handed out three assists. Senior Mark Bruce scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out a game-high five assists.
The Statesmen shot 45.2 percent from the floor and 34.4 percent from behind the arc. Hobart made 17-of-23 free throws. Sage shot 47.4 percent and 7.7 percent from the three. The Gators made 8-of-19 from the charity stripe.
Dalt Austin-Michaud led Sage with a game-high 26 points, grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds, and recorded four steals. Derick Faragon chipped in 16 points, Jeff Stopera chipped in 14 points and four assists, and Matt Farbotko added 13 points.
At 9:09 in the opening half, a jumper by Austin-Michaud gave Sage a 20-19 lead. The Gators built their lead to as many as six after two free throws by Ryan Sager. The Statesmen then went on a 13-4 run to close out the first half, featuring seven points from junior Josh Kalenderian. A layup by Kalenderian tied the game at 38 with 44 seconds on the clock, and Llewellyn hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put Hobart up 41-38 going into the break.
The Statesmen took control in the second half. They opened session with a 13-6 run capped by a Bruce layup to make it 54-44. Sage cut its deficit to eight with 5:18 remaining after a layup by Faragon, but that was as close as they could get, as junior Matt Peoble and Bruce hit back-to-back jumpers to build the Hobart lead back up to 12. The Statesmen stretched their lead to as many as 15 six different times in the second half.