Hobart kicks off year with tight win over NYU

Courtesy of HWSathletics.com

GENEVA, N.Y.—Senior Tucker Lescoe scored a game-high 22 points and dished out a game-high seven assists to lead the Hobart College basketball team to an 80-76 win over New York University to open the season tonight. The Statesmen trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, but rallied to hand first-year Head Coach Stefan Thompson career win No. 1.

Lescoe was in midseason form, connecting on 7-of-11 shots from the floor, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, and 2-of-2 at the line. He entered the game 30th on Hobart’s career scoring list, but vaulted up five spots to No. 25 with 1,042.

Lescoe was joined in double figures by sophomore Dan Masino (Fairport) and senior Edens Fleurizard. Masino scored 14 points with four assists and a game-high four steals. Fleurizard narrowly missed a double-double, posting 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, including his final rejection of a shot that could have tied the game with 14 seconds remaining.

Hobart shot 54 percent from the floor and 52 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Statesmen scorched the nets in the second half, shooting 62 percent from the floor and making 7-of-10 from deep.

NYU never trailed in the first half, shooting 53 percent from the floor with eight 3-pointers. The Violets used a 14-7 run to build their largest lead of the game, taking a 30-15 lead on a 3-pointer by Miles Somerville. Hobart kept the home team from extending their lead any further, and went into the break trailing 42-34.

In the second half, NYU led by as many as 11, but the Statesmen rattled off 11 straight points to tie the game at 50 with just over 12 minutes to go. Fleurizard and first-year Daniel Cook (Pittsford Mendon) (9 pts, 5 rebs) each contributed four points to the surge. The Violets (0-2) missed nine straight shots and committed a pair of turnovers during the scoring drought.

Hobart tied the game four more times over the next eight minutes, but each time NYU eased back in front. First-year Patrick Walker (8 pts) tied the game at 71 with a 3-pointer, but Jimmy Martinelli sank a pair at the line for a 2-point Violet lead. About a minute later, Lescoe drain a 3 to give the Statesmen their first lead, 74-73.

Martinelli connected from beyond the arc to give the Violets their last lead of the night with just over a minute left. Lescoe responded with his final triple. NYU missed its final three shots from the floor and Hobart iced the victory with a 3-of-4 effort at the free throw line.

Martinelli and Sommerville each had 18 points. Martinelli also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Hobart will be back in action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, when the Statesmen visit Brockport.

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