Hobart posts 106-93 win at RPI to open league play

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TROY, N.Y.—In a rematch of last season's Liberty League championship game, the Hobart College basketball team opened Liberty League play with a 106-93 victory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute tonight.

The Statesmen put five players in double digits, including a pair of double-doubles. Hobart, which made 50.7 percent of its shots from the field and 81.6 percent from the free throw line, improves to 7-3 overall. The Engineers fall to 2-8.

The Statesmen were led by seniors Richie Bonney and Joe Gibbons, who combined for 43 points, 27 rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block. Bonney had 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor with 17 rebounds, four assists and three steals in 37 minutes. Gibbons had a double-double of 17 points, including 9 of 10 from the free throw line, and 10 rebounds.

Rensselaer had four players in double figures on the scoreboard, led by junior Josh Dugas, who had 22 points. He made a game-high five 3-point baskets.

Hobart led by as many as 17 points in the first half and 10 at halftime, 54-44. RPI pulled to within two points, 66-64, just 5:40 into the second half with the help of four early 3-pointers, but the Statesmen immediately answered with a 12-0 run for a 78-64 lead with 10:48 left in the second half. Gibbons had five points in the sequence, four from the foul line. The closest the Engineers could get from that point was eight points with 8:47 to play.

Joining Bonney and Gibbons in double figures in points were junior Connor Rehbaum, who had 18 points and seven rebounds, first-year Pete Drescher, who had a season-high 14 points, seven rebounds and a game-high eight assists, and sophomore Michael LaValle, who scored a career-high 13 points in 11 minutes. Hobart made 36 of 71 shots from the field and 31 of 38 from the free throw line.

For RPI, in addition to Dugas, sophomore Jesus Cardenas had 13 points and a team-best five assists, classmate Tyler Gendron had 12 points, and Chase Almond, another sophomore, had 10 points with a team-high seven rebounds.

Hobart plays at league foe Skidmore on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m.