The Hobart basketball team needed an extra five minutes, but picked up an 82-76 overtime victory at Cazenovia College this afternoon. Senior forward Matt Pebole scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, and blocked two shots to lead the Statesmen.
Cazenovia rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 73 with 62 seconds left in regulation. Both teams had a look at the basket in the final minute, but misfired to send the game into overtime. In the extra sessions, Hobart sophomore Joe Gibbons took over, personally outscoring the Wildcats 6-3. He finished the day with 15 points, a team-high matching eight rebounds, and a team-high three steals.
Sophomore forward Richie Bonney chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds for the Statesmen (2-0), while junior Stefan Thompson added 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Cazenovia (1-1) also put four players in double figures led by Dieter Clauess’ 15-point, 7-assist performance. Darnell Sampson, Bryant Williams, and Ryan Howdownes contributed 13, 12, and 11 points, respectively.
Hobart never trailed in the first half, leading by as many as 10. The Statesmen shot 56 percent from the floor, including four 3-pointers, and 75 percent from the free throw line (12-of-16). The Wildcats stayed within striking distance by shooting nearly as well, 51.9 percent from the floor and 87.5 percent from the line (7-of-8).
The Statesmen shooters went cold in the second half, shooting just 28.6 percent from the floor. Cazenovia led by as many as five in the half, taking a two-point lead on a pair of free throws by Aaron Vickers with 4:37 remaining. Ninty seconds later, Pebole tied the game 69-69 on a layup and, 48 seconds later, put Hobart in front 72-69 with a 3-pointer.
Clauess hit a jumper to make it a 1-point game with 1:42 left. The Wildcats fouled to put senior Greg Stern on the free throw line. He hit the backend of his two shot try, leaving the door open for Sampson to tie the game on a layup to force OT.
The Statesmen will be back in action at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, when they visit D’Youville.