Back-to-Back Big Wins Land Championship for Tigers
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-After a 114-62 win over the University of Pittsburgh-Greenburg, Hampden-Sydney sealed the Bojangles Christmas Classic Championship with a 110-65 win over John Jay. In the consolation game, Frostburg State defeated Pitt.-Greensburg 91-71.
The Tigers wasted no time to jump out to a double digit lead as a Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) lay up put the Tigers up 17-6 at the 15:03 mark. Three minutes later, Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) pushed the lead to 24-9 with a lay up.
John Jay battled back, and cut the Tiger lead to 10 points as Jamar Harry scored to make it a 26-16 game. An 8-2 run by the Tigers, however, gave the hosts a 35-18 advantage with 6:03 remaining in the half.
Hampden-Sydney used the final six minutes of the half to burst out for 18 points - including six from Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) to take a 52-28 lead into intermission.
Though the Bloodhounds scored the first point of the second half on a Jamar Harry free throw, the Tigers took early control of the half with a 10-2 run capped off by a Jessee triple to put his team up 62-31.
Harry scored again to cut the lead to 63-37, but at the 16:15 mark, Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) again made it a 30-point margin at 67-37.
The two teams traded baskets, but a George lay up with just over 11 minutes to play put the Tigers up 35. A minute and a half later, George tipped in an offensive rebound to make it a 41 point lead at 87-46.
Hampden-Sydney pushed the lead to as much as 44 with an Alex Potapov (Moscow, Russia/Florida Air) lay up, but John Jay did chip away and pull within 36 with a Harry lay up with 2:37 to play.
Hampden-Sydney closed out the game, however, on an 11-2 run to take the 110-65 victory.
George and Williamson led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds, each. George was named the Tournament MVP after averaging 24 points in the two games. Williamson, along with Jessee - who scored 15 points and dished out six assists to no turnovers - was named to the All-Tournament team.
White and Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge) also added 11 points each. As a team, the Tigers were 42-of-68 (61.8%) from the floor, 3-of-13 (23.1%) from deep, and 23-of-34 (67.6%) from the foul line.
John Jay was led by All-Tournament selection Jamar Harry's 34 points and 11 rebounds. Isaiah Holman was the only other Bloodhound to score in double figures with 15 points. Harry and Holman shot a combined 19-of-53 from the floor. As a team, John Jay was 23-of-72 (31.9%) from the floor, 1-of-16 (6.3%) from three and 18-of-35 (51.4%) from the charity stripe.
David Palmer of Pitt.-Greensburg and Troy Dockett of Frostburg State also earned All-Tournament honors.
The Tigers, 7-2 and 2-0 in the ODAC, will return to action Sunday, January 1, as they travel to Washington & Lee University. Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.