HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney head coach Dee Vick earned his 50th career win as his Tigers cruised to a 75-53 ODAC win over Randolph College. With the victory, Hampden-Sydney improves to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the ODAC heading into the holiday break. Randolph falls to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Junior Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) led all scorers with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting. George paced the Tigers early, scoring the team's first nine points to take a 9-8 lead four minutes into the game. Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) then got into the scoring action as his lay up put Hampden-Sydney up 11-8.
As Hampden-Sydney's defense held Randolph scoreless for nearly four minutes, Sasha Obradovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Hawaii Prep) hit a three to put the Tigers up 16-8 at the 12 minute mark.
After its drought, Randolph responded with a run of its own, and Mike Ehilegbu hit a jumper to give the WildCats an 18-17 lead. The lead was short lived as Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) hit from deep to make it 20-18. Jessee's three sparked a 10-1 run by the Tigers that gave them a 27-19 lead with just over seven minutes in the half.
A Derrick Woods-Morrow lay up cut the Tiger lead to 27-23, but Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) fired right back with a lay up of his own. Hampden-Sydney later got its first double digit lead as a free throw from Jessee put the Tigers up 35-25 with 1:20 to play in the half. After a Zach Desgain jumper, Obradovic hit a three for the last points of the half to put the Tigers up 38-27 at intermission.
The Tigers pushed their lead in the second half, and a Patrick Corrigan (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) three pointer put the Tigers up 43-31. Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge) later put the Tigers up 14 at the 12:57 mark.
Back-to-back three point plays from White and George pushed the lead to 55-36 with just under ten minutes in the game.
Randolph responded with a 5-0 run, but a lay up from George and a dunk from Leon Hargrove (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek) swung the momentum back in favor of the Tigers. Minutes later, Corrigan gave the Tigers their first 20 point lead as his lay up made it a 64-43 advantage.
The two teams traded baskets, but the Tigers were able to keep a 20 point lead for the majority of the stretch. Alex Smith (Whitsett, NC/T. Wingate Andrews) gave the Tigers their biggest lead at 45-51, but Randolph was able to score the final bucket of the game.
In addition to George's 23 points, Obradovic added 11 points off the bench, hitting four of his eight attempts. Corrigan and White each added seven points. White also added five rebounds, three assists and three steals. The Tigers shot 48.4% (30-62) from the floor, 36.4% (8-22) from beyond the arc and 63.6% (7-11) from the free throw line. They also dished out 16 assists to 13 turnovers.
The WildCats were led by Ehilegbu and Colton Hunt who each scored 11 points. Dylan Shiflett added nine points. As a team, Randolph was 47.7% (21-44) from the floor, 17.6% (2-17) from three, and 66.7% (8-12) from the foul line.
Hampden-Sydney will return to action as it hosts the Bonjangles Christmas Classic on December 29 and 30. The Tigers will face the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg on the 29th at 6:00 pm. Frostburg State will play John Jay at 8:00 pm. On the 30th, the consolation game will be at 2:00 pm and the championship game will be at 4:00 pm.