HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Junior forward Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) scored a game-high 26 points while helping the Tigers to an 81-72 win over Ferrum and becoming the 40th Hampden-Sydney player to score 1,000 career points.
With the win, Hampden-Sydney improves to 5-2 overall while the Panthers drop to 2-4.
Hampden-Sydney got off to the quick lead as Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) laid the ball in just 18 seconds into the game. Ferrum responded for nearly every point, however, and Lamont King hit a jumper at the 15:36 mark to stop a 4-0 Tiger run and make it an 8-6 game in favor of the Tigers.
Down 16-8, the Panthers stormed back with a 7-0 run to make it a 16-15 game at the 11:41 mark. Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) ended the drought with a lay up. Minutes later, back-to-back lay ups from George and Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge) put the Tigers up 26-17.
After King cut the game to seven, Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) gave the Tigers their first double-digit lead with a three pointer. Ward and Lewis hit triples of their own to put the Tigers up 37-21 with just under five minutes in the first half.
Ferrum was able to end the half on a 6-2 run to cut its deficit to 39-27 at intermission.
Though Ferrum's Marcus Mayo converted on a lay up to start the second half, Jessee fired right back with another three to go up 42-29. After several traded baskets, Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) was able to connect on two foul shots to push the lead to 16 with 15 minutes to play.
The Panthers refused to go away, continually cutting the Tiger lead to 11. At the 11:06 mark, Anderson put the Tigers up 57-42, but consecutive lay ups from Ferrum brought the lead back to 11 at 57-46.
Leon Hargrove (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek) later pushed it back to 16, but a three from Daryl Hart and lay up from King put the Panthers within 12 at 65-53. A lay up and free throw from George, however, quickly pushed it back to a 15 point game.
Ferrum slowly crept back in the game, and a jumper from Mayo at the 3:20 mark made it a 10 point game at 75-65. A minute and a half later, the Panthers were within single digits at 77-68.
George later pushed it back to 11 with a lay up with under a minute to go. Mayo hit a three to make it eight, but it was not enough with 12 seconds remaining. Ward then hit a foul shot for the 81-72 final.
George led all scorers with 26 points while going 9-of-14 from the floor and 8-of-12 from the charity stripe. Anderson added 12 points off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting. Lewis and Jessee added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jessee was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor and added five assists to zero turnovers.
As a team, the Tigers shot 53.7% (29-54), 35% (7-20) from three, and 51.6% (16-31) from the foul line. They grabbed 33 rebounds to Ferrum's 38. They also forced 19 turnovers to committing 18.
Ferrum was led by King's 22 points and nine rebounds. Mayo added 15 points, and Hart scored 15 to go with seven boards. The Panthers were 31-of-67 (46.3%) from the floor, 28.6% (4-14) from beyond the arc, and 6-of-10 (60%) from the free throw line.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action this Wednesday, December 7, as it hosts ODAC-foe Randolph College. Tip off is set for 7:00 pm.