HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Hampden-Sydney Tigers basketball team defeated Medaille College 92-73 to convincingly win the Car Coop/Weenie Miller Holiday Hoops Tournament Championship. H-SC led 42-23 at the half and Medaille could never cut the deficit to less than 15 as the Tigers sailed to victory.
Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) was named the Tournament MVP while Patrick Corrigan (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) and Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) made the All-Tournament team. George averaged 19 points and 8.5 boards a game while shooting 16-22 from the floor. Additionally, he added on six assists, five steals, and two blocks. Corrigan had his finest performance as a Tiger in the title game, posting 15 points and five assists while shooting an efficient 6-7 from the floor. Ward contributed with 15 points a contest along with four total steals.
The Tigers struggled out of the gate, finding themselves down 7-2 at the 17:09 mark. The defense clamped down to help spark offense and an 8-0 run over six minutes gave H-SC a 10-7 lead with just over 11 minutes left in the half. Medaille was never able to reclaim the lead as the Tiger defense prevented Medaille from getting good scoring opportunities. Hampden-Sydney was up just four, 17-13, at the 7:51 mark, but a 12-2 sport in just three minutes broke open the game and gave the Tigers a 14-point lead that swelled to 19, 42-23, going into intermission. In the second-half, H-SC would push their lead out to as much as 23.
George paced the Tigers with game-highs of 21 points and 10 boards as he went 8-11 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. He also dished out three assists with two steals and one block. Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) had a strong all-around game with 12 points, six caroms, and five assists while posting a 6-9 mark on field goals. Ward tallied 19 points while stroking the ball at a 7-9 rate and 4-5 from deep. Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) posted 10 points and three assists and Colin O'Neill (Fort Leavenworth, KS/Leavenworth) tacked on six points and five boards.
Ricky Reed led Medaille with 19 points, six assists, and five rebounds as he shot 7-11. Ron Malicki posted 16 points and five rebounds while Joe Mogavero contributed six points and 10 rebounds.
Hampden-Sydney torched the nets, shooting 58% (37-64) overall, 44% (7-16) from three, and 73% (11-15) from the charity stripe. The Tigers dished out 20 assists as a team while turning over the ball just seven times. Medaille shot 40% (23-57) overall, 36% (9-25) from deep, and 78% (18-23) from the free throw line. Medaille coughed up the ball 15 times, which proved to be very costly as the Tigers turned those turnovers into 25 points. Each team tallied 34 rebounds.
Hampden-Sydney will travel to Virginia Beach, VA, on Wednesday, January 5, at Virginia Wesleyan College for a 7 p.m. contest. Virginia Wesleyan lead three ODAC teams in the top 25, ranking third nationally with three first-place votes.
MVP - Harrison George (H-SC)
H-SC - Randall Ward, Patrick Corrigan
Medaille - Ron Malicki
Ursinus - Jon Ward
Marymount - Tarek Ammoury