The Hobart College basketball team held the Liberty League’s leading scorer to just three points and saw all 11 of its players earn a spot in the scoring column on the way to a 75-61 conference win over Clarkson University.
Senior forward Matt Pebole registered a team-high 16 points and six rebounds for the Statesmen (9-2, 2-0). Junior guard Stefan Thompson added 14 points and four assists, while sophomore guard Joe Gibbons contributed 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Gibbons spent most of the game matched up on Clarkson’s Felix Llanos, who came into the game averaging a league best 21.3 ppg. He was virtually glued to the senior guard throughout the game. Llanos managed to make a lone 3-pointer, scored in the second half with Hobart comfortably in front and Gibbons on the bench.
Jerry Coleman paced the Golden Knights (8-3, 1-1) with a game-high 20 points and a game-high seven rebounds, and a game-high four steals. Marques Charlton produced 14 points and a game-high five assists.
Hobart went to work right from the opening tip, building a 24-5 lead with little more than eight minutes run off the clock. The Statesmen led by as many as 20 in the opening stanza and carried a 37-22 lead into the break. Hobart dominated points off turnovers (14-2) and second chance points (8-0) in the first 20 minutes. In fact, the Statesmen outscored the Golden Knights 17-0 in second chance points for the game.
Clarkson started the second half on a 9-4 run to whittle its deficit down to 10, but Hobart countered with the next eight points of the game to quell the threat. The Golden Knights got no closer the rest of the night.
The Statesmen shot 50 percent from the floor, including 4-of-10 from beyond the arc. Senior guard Greg Stern, who broke the school record with 11 3-pointers on Tuesday, continued his hot streak, making 3-of-4 from long range for nine points.
Clarkson shot better from outside the 3-point arc (.538, 7-13) than inside (.389, 14-36).
Hobart will be back in action at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, when the Statesmen host St. Lawrence. The Golden Knights will play at the same time at RIT.