The Hobart College senior trio of Connor Rehbaum, Trey Blanding and Andrew Hoy combined for 39 points, leading the Statesmen to a 50-46 victory over visiting Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Liberty League men’s basketball action today. Hobart used a gritty, defensive effort to post its seventh consecutive win and remain tied for first in the Liberty League.
Rehbaum shared game-high honors with 15 points. Blanding added 14 points, including the final four points of the game, and Hoy scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Junior Domonique Petty-Fernander grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. The Statesmen shot just 37 percent from the floor, including 3-of-17 from 3-point range, and made 9-of-10 at the free throw line. Hobart was plus-three in turnover margin (7-10) and enjoyed an 11-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Engineers also put three players in double figures led by Brian Hatcher’s 15 points and game-high 10 rebounds. Josh Dugas added 11 points, all in the first half, and Chase Almond had 10 points and eight rebounds. RPI shot 35 percent from the floor (4-of-19 from deep) and went 6-of-8 at the line.
Neither team gained much traction offensively in the first half. RPI held the biggest lead of the stanza at just 5 points. After Hatcher gave the Engineers a 22-17 lead with a pair of made free throws at the 6:43 mark, the Statesmen closed the half with a 13-4 run to take a 30-26 lead into halftime. Rehbaum scored 7 points down the stretch.
Hoy hit a 3-pointer early in the second half to put the Statesmen in front 37-28. After Hatcher and sophomore Zach Grattan traded layups to make it 39-30, RPI scored 12 consecutive points, including five from Hatcher. Hoy tied the game at 44 with a 3 at 4:02. Traded baskets raised the score to 46-all with 3:03 left. Both teams misfired on their next two possessions, before Blanding found a lane to the basket for a layup with 64 second to go.
RPI went for the lead with 24 seconds left, but the 3-point try went out of bounds to Hobart. The Statesmen were unable to get the ball inbounds, turning it over with 15 ticks remaining. The Engineers missed another 3 and Petty-Fernander grabbed the rebound and handed off to Blanding who was fouled. He made both of his free throws to ice the win.
Hobart (15-6, 10-2) will be on the road next weekend, visiting Bard (9-12, 4-8) on Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. RPI (6-15, 3-9) is also on the road on Friday, traveling to Skidmore (12-7, 9-2).