Lancaster, OH -- The Hocking College men’s basketball team (8-2) traveled up state route 33 to battle Ohio University-Lancaster (3-5) and came away with an impressive 103-83 road win on Wednesday evening, December 4.
Hocking’s starting five almost outscored OU-Lancaster by combining for 81 points compared to the hosts’ game total of 83. Hocking had four players score in double figures. Hocking led at halftime 47-42, but Lancaster rallied to take a 74-71 lead in the second half. The Hawks then turned on the after-burners and scored 32 of the game’s final 41 points.
Hocking was led by freshman guard Ryan Archey, Jr., who scored a game-high and career-high 31 points on 13-of-19 shooting from the floor with two three-pointers and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. He grabbed seven rebounds and a steal, while handing out four assists. His 31 points rank tied for fifth on Hocking’s all-time list for points in a game and this was his six straight double-digit scoring effort.
Sophomore guard Donovan Saine was outstanding as he recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also added three steals and two assists.
Freshman forward Jeron Tinsley added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and added nine rebounds and an assist, while sophomore forward Elias Revelle turned in an all-around game as he scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with one three-pointer, plus seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
As a team, Hocking shot well, converting 42-of-78 (53.8%) and was 8-of-22 (36.4%) from three-point range. Hocking was sub-par at the free-throw line, sinking just 11-of-21 (52.4%). The Hawks dominated the boards 54-29, handed-out 22 assists and forced 21 turnovers.
OU-Lancaster had four players score in double figures, led by sophomore Lucas Thompson who scored a team-high 28 points on 12-of-24 shooting. He also recorded a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Freshman Brady Snyder and senior Brendan Snyder each scored 16 points while teammate Preston Gothard added 15 points.
OU-Lancaster as a team shot 32-of-70 (45.7%) with six three-pointers, but hit 14-of-19 (73.7%) from the free-throw line. They grabbed 29 rebounds and handed out 19 assists.
The Hawks are averaging 99.1 ppg, which ranks them third in the nation among the 105 teams in NJCAA, D-III. The Hawks are ranked eighth in field goal percentage (393 of 777; 50.6%). Hocking is ranked third in offensive rebounds averaging 20.0 per game and in fourth in total rebounds, averaging 50.1 rebounds per game. The Hawks also rank sixth in forcing turnovers (21.5 per game).
Hocking’s next game is this Saturday, Dec. 7, at Terra State (3-3) in Fremont, OH, which is in its inaugural season in the OCCAC. Tipoff is set for 3pm in Fremont, Ohio. The Lady Hawks play at 1 p.m.
By Trevor Stephens
Hocking College Athletics