First-year Jamal Lucas scored a team-high 23 points to lead the Hobart College basketball team to a 79-73 victory at the University of Scranton. The Statesmen improved to 3-0 while handing the Royals their first loss in four games.
Lucas was 7-of-14 from the floor with a 3-pointer and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. He also posted five rebounds and three steals. He was joined in double figures by classmate Colin Dougherty, who added 12 points. Dougherty was 10-for-10 at the free throw line, the first Statesmen to make at least 10 free throws without a miss since Trey Blanding made all 10 of his freebies at Bard in 2014. Junior Pete Drescher finished with seven points, four rebounds, a game-high four steals, and a team-high three assists.
Hobart shot 49 percent from the floor for the game, including 62 percent in the second half. After making 17 3-pointers against Rochester on Tuesday night, the Statesmen cooled off a bit, but still managed nine trifectas. Hobart was 22-of-25 at the line.
Scranton’s Brendan Boken led all scorers with 30 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Kevin Doolan chipped in 11 points.
The Statesmen got quality contributions from its lineup, top to bottom. Hobart’s bench outscored the Royal reserves 26-9. The Statesmen had a 30-28 edge on the glass and a 16-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
The first five minutes belong to the home team. Scranton scored the first five points of the game and built an 11-2 lead before the Long Center crowd settled into its seats.
Hobart wiped out a the nine-point lead in less than three minutes thanks to 3-pointers by sophomore Luke Ruddy, Thomas Campion, and Lucas, plus a jumper by Campion gave the Statesmen their first lead of the game. The Royals reclaimed the lead on a basket by Boken midway through the half, but Drescher dialed long distance, igniting a 10-2 Hobart run. First-year Harrison DeMaira scored the final five points of the Statesmen surge.
Scranton trailed by just two with just over two minutes to go in the first half, but Hobart used a 7-2 run to go into halftime with a 40-33 lead.
The Statesmen led by as many as eight early in the second half, but the Royals, who received votes in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25, wouldn’t go quietly. Scranton rallied with a 10-2 run to briefly reclaim the lead. Drew Schankweiler’s layup at the 5:46 mark put the Royals on top 65-64. First-year Matt Walsh canned a triple followed by a pair of free throws and a layup by Lucas to give Hobart a 71-65 lead with three minutes to go.
Boken made two free throws to get Scranton within four, but Dougherty hit a jumper to put the Statesmen up six. Hobart made all six of its free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
The Statesmen will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 24, when they visit Buffalo State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.