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Tigers' Rally Not Enough, Fall 76-74

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney outscored Lynchburg 48-37 in the second half, but it was not enough as Lynchburg held on for a 76-74 ODAC win in Fleet Gymnasium. The Tigers were led by sophomore Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) who scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting. His game high was tied by the Hornets' Nate Campbell, whose 21 points came on 8-of-12 accuracy.

The Tigers kicked off the offense with a 5-2 run to start the game, but back-to-back buckets from Gary Boone gave the visitors a 6-5 lead.

An Alex Potapov (Moscow, Russia/Florida Air) laid it in to give the Tigers the lead back, but Lynchburg answered again and pushed its lead to three at 10-7 with just over 12 minutes to play in the half.

The teams traded baskets, and two free throws from George again reclaimed the lead for Hampden-Sydney.

A Nate Campbell jumper, however, put the Hornets up 12-11 at the 11:12 mark. Lynchburg pushed its lead to six, but a Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) jumper put the Tigers within one at 21-20. Lynchburg then put together an 11-2 run to take a ten point lead with just under five minutes.

The Hornets were then able to end the half on a 7-4 run to take a 39-26 lead into intermission.

Hampden-Sydney came out in the second half a new team, and after traded baskets, George threw down a baseline jam to put his team within nine. Minutes later, with the Tigers still chipping away, Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) hit a three pointer to put the Tigers within six at 43-37.

After Lynchburg extended its lead to eight, two consecutive buckets put the Tigers down just 47-43 with 13:42 to play.

The back-and-forth play continued for minutes, with Hampden-Sydney bringing it within one several times, but the Tigers just could not get over the hump.

Campbell made it a six point Hornet lead with just under five minutes to play, but at the 2:34 mark, Fletcher Lumpkin (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) connected on a lay up to put the Tigers back within one at 68-67.

Lumpkin then knocked down two foul shots to give the Tigers their first lead of the half. Lynchburg, however, responded by taking a three point lead with 31 seconds.

After George made it a one point game, Brandan Connor connected on one of two foul shots to take a two point lead. With the last possession, Lumpkin hoisted a great look from beyond the arc, but the shot rattled in and out.

Along with George's 21 points, Ward scored 16 points to go with five assists and four rebounds. White also added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. The Tigers were solid shooting, connecting on 26 of their 50 attempts (52%).

Lynchburg had three player score in double figures, including Lucas Tucker and Austin Chillemi who each scored 14 points. They were also 26-for-50 (52%) from the floor, and out rebounded Hampden-Sydney 31-28.

Hampden-Sydney returns to action on Saturday, January 29 as they host Randolph College. Tip off is set for 2:00 pm.