For the second game in a row, the Hobart College basketball team shot a season-high from the floor, scorching the nets of Burkman Gym for a 93-77 Liberty League win over St. Lawrence University. The Statesmen shot .618 from the floor, the fifth highest percentage in a game in program history.
Meshanic matched his career-high for a game with 19 first half points and finished the contest with 29 points. He dominated inside, making 13-of-15 shots from the floor. It’s the most field goals made by a Statesman since Richie Bonney made 13 against St. Lawrence in 2013. Meshanic also posted a game-high seven assists and grabbed six rebounds.
Lescoe notched an efficient 25 points on the day. He was 8-of-10 shooting, including 6-of-7 from deep. Lescoe was 4-for-4 from beyond the arc in the first half. He handed out five assists.
Not only did Hobart shoot extremely well, the Statesmen did it in an unselfish manner, finishing the game with a season-high 28 assists. It’s the most helpers by Hobart since logging a program record 36 against Rensselaer in 2014.
St. Lawrence (5-10, 3-6) shot 40% for the game, 33.3% from 3-point land and made 26-of-33 free throws. Trent Adamson led the Saints with 25 points on 9-of-21 shooting and a perfect 7-for-7 effort at the line. Cale Sargent contributed 20 points, including 3-for-3 from deep. Andrew Geschickter and Brandon Arnold had 14 points and 12 points, respectively.
Hobart outrebounded St. Lawrence 35-21. The Statesmen have outrebounded their opponent in 15 of 17 games this season.
The Saints took a 5-4 lead on an Adamson layup early in the game. It was their only lead of the game. Lescoe countered with back-to-back 3-pointers to put Hobart in the lead for good. The Statesmen enjoyed a 10-point lead with about two minutes to go in the first half when they ripped off seven straight points. Meshanic scored the first five in the run with Allen added the final two at the line. Hobart went into the break with a 52-40 advantage.
Arnold and Geschickter scored consecutive buckets to open the second half scoring and pull SLU within eight, but Meshanic and Fleurizard scored in succession and Hobart never let its lead dip below 10 the rest of the way. The only drama down the stretch was would the Statesmen break the program record for field goal percentage in a game. Hobart flirted with 70% shooting for much of the second half, but ultimately fell of the pace the 2006-07 team set at Hamilton (.667).
Hobart, which shot .592 in yesterday’s win at Clarkson, shot .606 for the weekend, making 63 of 104 shots.
The Statesmen will return to Bristol Gym for its next game, hosting Ithaca (11-4, 7-2) on Friday, Jan. 31.