William Smith (6-3, 0-2 Liberty) returns to the court at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, when the Herons visit RIT. The Statesmen (6-3, 1-1) will also travel to RIT on Friday. The contest is set to tipoff at 8 p.m. The Herons will continue their momentum on the road with a game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, against Ithaca College. The Statesmen face the Bombers at 4 p.m.
The Herons are coming off a 64-51 non-conference win over Hamilton on Jan. 2 in Bristol Gym. William Smith served the Continentals (9-2) their second loss this season.
Guard Stavriana Dimitrakopoulou ’21 produced a season-high 15 points to lead four William Smith players in double figures. She was 4-of-8 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Mia Morrison ’19 logged 13 points and Natalia Baum ’19 added 11 points. Kendra Quinn-Moultrie ’18 also scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
With the first five points of the fourth quarter, the Continentals trimmed their deficit to just four, but the Herons countered with a 7-2 burst, capped by a 3-pointer from Dimitrakopoulou, to expand the William Smith lead to 52-43 with five minutes remaining. The Herons pushed their lead into double digits for good with about three and a half minutes left.
The Statesmen last played on Dec. 30. Hobart faced Randolph-Macon College in the championship game of the R-MC Coaches Tournament sponsored by Kay Jewelers after defeating Rowan University 84-79 in their first game of the tournament. Randolph-Macon slipped past Hobart in the final minutes of the game to earn a 59-57 win.
Forward Sam Allen ’20 and Colin Dougherty ’19 both scored 12 points to lead Hobart. Allen led the Statesmen on the glass with a game-high eight board and Dougherty handed out a game-high four assists. Jamal Lucas ’19 contributed 10 points. Coupled with his double-double in the win over Rowan, Lucas earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Earlier this week, guard Dan Masino ’21 was named the Liberty League Men’s Basketball Co-Rookie of the Week and Lucas earned a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll. Masino averaged 10.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 3.0 apg in the Randolph-Macon Tournament, while Lucas averaged 14.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg on the weekend.
Fans unable to make this weekend’s Liberty League contests can follow the action online with Live Stats and Live Video through RIT and Ithaca’s athletics websites. Live coverage links can also be found on the Hobart and William Smith basketball schedule pages on HWSAthletics.com.