Jim Calhoun‘s initial trip to the NCAA D-III Men’s Basketball Tournament did not last as long as many thought it would as the University of Saint Joseph’s (Conn.) fell to Hobart, 78-74, on Friday evening in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The four-point setback snapped an impressive 25-game winning streak, which began last November, as well as brought an end to an impressive second season for the Blue Jays, who came within one game of reaching the ‘big dance’ one year ago.
Hobart secured a nine-point (34-25) lead at the break and was able to withstand multiple Saint Joseph’s rallies in the second half that brought the Blue Jays within a basket three times during the final four minutes.
Dan Masino, who sealed the win by sinking one of two free throws during the final seconds, led Hobart with 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting while Jackson Meshanic registered a double-double of 13 rebounds and 12 points.
Saint Joseph’s Jaecee Martin led all scorers with 22 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Jordan Powell finished the contest with 15 points and three caroms.
Hobart will face the winner of Springfield College–SUNY Canton on Saturday, March 7th with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.