MARCY, N.Y. - A last second game winning attempt against Hobart (5-2) was all that stood between the Wildcats (4-3) and their fifth win of the season. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the shot did not fall their way resulting in an 81-80 defeat.
The Wildcats had to overcome an early 13-point deficit to have a shot at a win and they did just that. In the closing minutes of the first half, the Wildcats closed the gap to six points thanks to a few solid defensive possessions and two unanswered three pointers to close the half.
The Cats' picked up right where they left off starting the second half with a 17-5 run to tie the game at 47. Down the stretch, the lead would change hands six more times before the game-deciding series of plays in the last 15 seconds of the game. Trailing 79-78, Junior Peyton Griffiths (Milford, N.Y.) made a big steal at half court leading to a Tymeek Mackie (Rochester, N.Y.) tip-in to give the Wildcats an 80-79 lead. A foul with 7.8 seconds by the Wildcats put Hobarts Jamal Lucas on the line. Lucas netted both freebies to give the Statesmen an 81-80 lead. Off the second make, SUNY Poly's Redell Freeman (Rochester, N.Y.) took the ball over half court, split a pair of defenders and got off a layup that could have won the game, but the ball didn't fall the way of the Wildcats and the game came to an end.
- The Wildcats shot a season high 60 percent from three-point range and hit a season high 12 threes.
- Redell Freeman finished the game with a game high 24 points. He shot 56 percent from the field and knocked down five of six from three-point range. Freeman was a rebound shy of a double-double and had a team high five assists.
- Peyton Griffiths had his best shooting performance of the season. Griffiths knocked down three of five from behind the arc in route to a 17-point game.
- Kevin Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a game high 10 rebounds and 13 points for his first double-double of the season.
- Hobarts Jamal Lucas had 22 points, nine rebounds, and two steals.
- Four of Hobarts starting five had double-digit points.
- The Statesmen shot 44 percent from the field.
The Wildcats will have 11 days off for the holiday break. The team will return to action on December 28th at the Lehman Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. The Wildcats will face Southern Maine at 4:00 in Bronx, N.Y..