By Nicole Merigliano
The Dutchmen clinched a spot in the Liberty League playoffs with their win against Clarkson on Friday, Feb. 17. They faced the number one seed, the Hobart Statesmen, in the semifinal contest of the playoffs on Wednesday of last week. During the regular season, the Dutchmen lost to Hobart at home by only two points, making this past weekend’s game a highly anticipated one.
Given that the Dutchmen were the lower seed, they traveled to Geneva for the playoff game. So, unlike their last matchup, home advantage was not in their favor this time. The first half was a close and exciting one, as the Dutchmen only trailed by five points after the conclusion of the first 20 minutes. The Dutchmen were 100 percent from the free throw line, but the Statesmen held a higher field goal percentage at 55.56 percent versus the Dutchmen’s 37.50 percent.
The Statesmen began to pick up the pace as the second half commenced. Union kept it a close game about halfway through, but the gap in the score began to increase as the Statesmen went on a tear of an 11-0 run. Unfortunately, the excitement dwindled as the Statesmen extended their lead to 20 points. The final buzzer went off, as the game concluded in a 73-53 win for the Statesmen.
Kevin Donohue ‘13 led the Dutchmen that evening with 13 points, and added six rebounds and four assists to his double figure game. Joe Mason ‘13 was the only other player on the team that had double figures this game with 11 points.
With this loss in the playoffs, the Dutchmen ended their season with a record of 16-9, and a conference record of just above .500 with nine wins and eight losses. Their record of 16-9 this season gave them the most wins the Dutchmen squad has had since the 2005-2006 season.
The day after the playoff game, the Liberty League announced their all-star teams. Four Dutchmen were nominated to these all-star teams. Donohue and Mason were named to the All-League Second Team, Rusmir Dsanko ‘12 was selected for the Honorable Mention team, and Terell Winney ‘15 was named to the All-Rookie team.
With great young players on the team, the Dutchmen basketball squad should undoubtedly have a strong and positive start to their season next year.