Potsdam, NY - The top three scorers from the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team combined for 59 points against Hobart on Wednesday evening, but the output wasn't enough as the Golden Knights dropped the Liberty League semifinal game to the Statesmen 78-69 in overtime.
The Golden Knights saw their season come to an end with a record of 16-10 overall, while Hobart improved to 20-6.
The game was close throughout, with neither team owning more than a four-point lead in the first half. Clarkson led early, but Hobart rallied back to take the lead briefly before the Knights returned to possess the upper hand. Late in the half, the Statesmen used a 6-0 run to take a four-point advantage (30-26), but a pair of free throws from Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) and a tip in at the buzzer by Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) had the teams knotted up at 30-30 at halftime.
In the second half, Hobart looked poised to take control, gaining an eight-point edge (45-37) at the 13:40 mark. However, the Knights chipped away with a 12-4 run and tied the score on a pair of free throws from Charlton at 9:10. From there, the game resembled the first half in its back and forth quality. Hobart had a four-point edge after conversions from Joe Gibbons at the 2:50 mark, but free throws by John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) at the 1:07 mark tied things up for the 10th time. Clarkson had its chances in the final minute, missing three shots and turning the ball over twice in that span.
In overtime, Hobart used its advantage in fouls to get to the free throw line, shooting 11-for-14 from the line, with several of those chances coming in the waning moments as Clarkson attempted to climb back into the game. However, Hobart attempted just three shots, making two, in the overtime frame while the Knights were 2-for-7. Clarkson missed a total of four shots in the final 35 seconds, trying to trim the six-point deficit, but none of the attempts would fall, allowing Hobart to come away with the hard fought victory.
Charlton finished with a team-high 23 points, shooting 7-for-14 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Coleman added in 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting, producing six rebounds and four steals. Coleman's four thefts allowed him to tie the single-season record at Clarkson for steals (69). Abongo also had a solid game with 16 points and eight boards. For Hobart, Richie Bonney had a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds and Gibbons produced 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Trey Blanding also did well offensively, scoring 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting to go along with four assists and three steals.