HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney won its second straight game while wrapping up a four game home stand with a 71-50 win over Bridgewater. The Tigers showed solid defense all night, holding the Eagles to just 30% shooting on 21-of-70 shooting and just 4-of-21 (19%) from beyond the arc. On the Tigers' offensive end, sophomore Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) led the way with 16 points on 6-of-9 accuracy and 4-of-5 from three point range.
After Bridgewater took the opening 2-0 lead, the Tigers ran out to a 10-2 lead on a Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) lay up at the 15:33 mark. Bridgewater's Kyle Hammond stopped the run with a three, but Jessee fired right back on the other end to go up 12-5.
Bridgewater cut the lead to five, but Hampden-Sydney again extended its lead to 11 (21-10) on a Ward jumper. The teams continued to trade baskets over the next several minutes, with Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) giving the Tigers their largest lead at that point at 27-15 with 4:40 remaining in the half.
Senior Colin O'Neill (Fort Leavenworth, KS/Leavenworth) later pushed the Tiger lead to 13, and after Ronnie Thomas knocked in a free throw to make it a 12 point game, Ward canned a triple to end the half with a 33-18 lead.
The second half showed more Tiger offense, with O'Neill connecting on a lay up to put the Tigers up 39-21.
Ward hit another three at the 13:11 mark to go up 48-27. After Bridgewater cut the lead to 18, Ward responded with yet another triple to go back up 21. Patrick Corrigan (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) then hoisted a floater to go up 54-31.
At the 9:11 mark, another Ward three pointer put the Tigers up 25 points. Though Bridgewater stayed steady with the Tigers, they could not come with 20 points. The Tigers pushed to their largest lead at 67-42 on a Keegan Wetzel (Mebane, NC/Eastern Alamance) lay up.
Hampden-Sydney closed the game to take the 71-50 victory. Along with Ward, Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. O'Neill notched eight points, and White and Wetzel added seven a piece.
Hampden-Sydney was 29-of-64 (45.3%) from the floor but just 5-of-19 (26.3%) from beyond the arc. They dominated the glass, pulling down 53 rebounds to Bridgewater's 37.
Birdgewater was led by Cody Griffith's nine points.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action this Saturday, February 5 as they travel to Emory and Henry. Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.