Hobart College became the first Liberty League men’s basketball team to reach 10 wins this season with a 73-56 victory over St. Lawrence University in Bristol Gym today.
The final outcome was never really in doubt as Hobart raced out to a 24-5 lead through 12 minutes of play. The Saints missed their first six shots and were a paltry 2-for-15 before Ralph Temgoua and Terry Parham were able to string together consecutive makes for SLU.
Hobart (10-2, 3-0) led by as many as 24 in the first half on the way to a 43-22 halftime lead. The Statesmen shot 59.3 percent from the floor and made 9-of-11 free throws in the opening stanza, while limiting the Saints to just 29.2 percent shooting.
Despite shooting just 35.5 percent after the break, Hobart remained comfortably in front, keeping its lead between 16 and 26 points. The Statesmen committed just four turnovers against 11 for SLU. Hobart had the edge in points in the paint (38-24), points off turnovers (17-4), and second chance points (20-11).
Four Statesmen reached double digits in the scoring column. Senior forward Matt Pebole and sophomore guard Joe Gibbons shared game-high honors with 13 points. Sophomore forward Richie Bonney produced his second double-double of the season on 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior guard Stefan Thompson had 11 points and six assists.
Temgoua was the only Saint to reach double figures, scoring 12 points.
The win was the first for Hobart over St. Lawrence in 10 tries, and the first home win for the Statesmen over the Saints since Feb. 12, 2005.
Hobart will be back in action at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, when the Statesmen visit RIT. St. Lawrence will also play on Tuesday night, hosting Potsdam at 7 p.m.