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Tigers Fall Just Short at Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, VA-Hampden-Sydney put together a 10-0 run to start the second half, overcoming a 33-26 deficit at intermission, but the host Hornets was able to come back and take a 70-65 decision in Turner Gymnasium. The Tigers had four players score in double figures, including Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) who scored a team-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Lynchburg started out the game on the offensive, and a Michael Wims lay up at the 16:01 mark put the Hornets up 9-2. A foul shot and jumper extended the Hornet lead to 12-2, but Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) connected on a lay up that started a Tiger run.

Another Williamson lay up and a Fletcher Lumpkin (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) free throw, Hampden-Sydney trailed by just five at 12-7.

Nate Campbell pushed the Hornet lead back to nine at 16-7,  but the Tigers scored five unanswered to make it a four point game. The Hornets, however, slowly pushed the lead back out to eight and led 22-14 at the 6:06 mark.

Though a Williamson lay up put the Tigers within five, Lynchburg kept its lead at seven going into halftime.

The Tigers came out a new team in the second half, jumping out to a 10-0 run in the first 2:13 of the half to take a 36-33 lead. Andrew Simmons stopped the run with two free throws, but Jessee fired right back with a triple to go up 39-35.

Lynchburg scored four straight to tie the game, but Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) hit a three pointer of his own to retake the lead. The Hornets would not cave, though, eventually taking a one point lead at 48-47 at the 11:15 mark.

The Hornets began to expand their lead, taking a 54-49 advantage on a Gary Boone lay up.

After traded baskets, a Jessee three pointer put the Tigers within one at 58-57. A 7-0 run from Lynchburg, though, made it a 65-57 game in favor of the Hornets.

Jessee and the Tigers responded again with a three pointer and lay up from Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) to cut their deficit to 65-63 with just over two minutes remaining.

Bobby Kaiser hit a big three to put his team up five, but Lumpkin knocked down two free throws to make it a three point game.

Kaiser then iced the game with two free throws for the 70-65 decision.

Along with Jessee, Williamson scored 13 points, White added 12 and George recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Tigers connected on 25 of their 57 field goal attempts (43.9%) but just six of their 22 three point attempts (27.3%). They out rebounded the Hornets 43-36.

Lynchburg was led by Nate Campbell who scored 25 points. Gary Boone was the only other Hornet to score in double figures with 11 points.

Hampden-Sydney returns to action this Saturday, January 15 as they travel to face Bridgewater College. Tip-off is set for 3:00 pm.