Mike Neer estimates his Hobart men's basketball team played 10 good minutes of defense this weekend.
That's out of 80 minutes played. The Statesmen were able to outscore Scranton 94-81 on Friday, but they couldn't overcome a red-hot Morrisville team Saturday night.
"I felt it was uphill the whole time for us," Neer said after Morrisville rolled 86-75 in a second-round NCAA Division III Tournament game at The College at Brockport.
The Mustangs (21-8) shot 56 percent from the floor, made 7 of 11 3-pointers and nailed an amazing 23 of 24 from the free-throw line to eliminate the Statesmen (22-7). They'll play Richard Stockton (N.J.) in the Sweet 16 next weekend.
Brandon Hanks scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures. Richie Bonney led Hobart with 24 points, ending his stellar career with a program record 1,738, while fellow senior Joe Gibbons added 19. Hobart shot an impressive 49.2 percent from the floor, made 9 of 12 free throws and 8 of 14 from 3-point range. Those are usually numbers that win, but not on this night.
"They played a heck of a game," Bonney said. "They pretty much got what they wanted offensively. We had trouble limiting their penetration."
Hobart built a five-point lead early in the first half, but Morrisville worked it inside to forge a 16-6 run. A 3-pointer from Hanks gave the Mustangs a 42-35 advantage at the break.
The Statesmen came out firing in the second half as Connor Rehbaum nailed consecutive 3-pointers. They took the lead on a layup from Bonney with 15:48 remaining. That began a stretch of six consecutive lead changes before Morrisville rebuilt its seven-point lead on two Caleb Wright free throws with 9:09 left in the game.
Hobart tried to fight back, cutting the deficit to two on a Bonney 3-pointer. But Morrisville's hot shooting continued. Jordan Prior answered with back-to-back 3's, and when 6-foot-8, 280-pound center Tom Wilk barreled past Bonney for a layup with 4:15 left, the Mustangs had their biggest lead at 72-62.
"They have three very good guards," Neer said. "Take away two, and the other can still play the point."
The Statesmen cut the deficit in half on Gibbons 3-pointer and two Bonney free throws, but that's where the comeback ended. Hobart's graduating class can boast of four 20-win seasons.
"It's been an amazing run," Bonney said.