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Pebole nets 2nd all-region award

For the second season in a row, Hobart junior forward Matt Pebole was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-East Region team. After earning second team honors last year, he moved up to the first team this year.

A unanimous All-Liberty League first team pick, Pebole led the Statesmen in scoring this year, averaging 15.8 points, as well as 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.0 steals. He shot 47.5 percent from the floor, 42.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. Pebole ranked among the conference leaders in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (6th), rebounding (10th), and free throw shooting (11th). Additionally, his 3-point percentage would have ranked third in the Liberty League, but he was one make shy (27 of 64) of the league minimum (1.0/g).

A nine-time Liberty League Team of the Week selection, Pebole scored a season-high 30 points in a win at Hamilton on Feb. 8. He produced two double-doubles, including 13 points and a career-high matching 13 rebounds in a win over Brockport on Dec. 4.

Pebole led the Statesmen to a 21-7 record that broke the school record for wins in a season (20 set in 2000-01) and tied the mark for highest winning percentage (established by the 15-5 1955-56 team). Hobart won the Liberty League regular season title with an 11-3 mark. The Statesmen wrapped up the season with a 94-76 victory over Medaille in the ECAC Upstate Tournament championship game.

The 22nd Hobart player to reach the 1,000-point plateau, Pebole will begin his senior season 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,188 points, 58 away from cracking the top 10 and 513 behind the record.

Pebole is one of nine Statesmen to earn all-region honors from the NABC and just the second to make a repeat appearance. The others are Mike Masino ’88 (in 1988), Jeff Holtyn ’89 (1989), Andrew D’Eloia ’95 (1995), Eric Nelson ’98 (1998), Rob Pisanelli ’00 (2000), Joe Corbett ’03 (2001, ’02, ’03), Colby Feane ’06 (2005), and John Grazioli ’08 (2008).