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Tigers Extend Streak to Six, 77-65 Over W&L

Ben Jessee

LEXINGTON, VA-Hampden-Sydney improved its winning streak to six with a 77-65 ODAC win over Washington & Lee in Lexington. With the win, the Tigers are 9-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 in ODAC play, while the Generals fall to 7-5 and 1-3 in conference.

The Tigers will now prepare for their toughest test of the season thus far with a match up against #2 Virginia Wesleyan (9-1, 3-0 ODAC) on January 4th in Fleet Gymnasium.

Junior Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) led the Tigers with 19 points, and Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 3-of-5 accuracy from beyond the arc.

Hampden-Sydney took the first lead as Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) scored the first bucket of the game, and the Tigers would never look back. Points were hard to come by in the beginning of the game, but Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge) connected on two free throws at the 14:52 mark to put the Tigers up 8-2.

Neither team gained any advantage, until Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) pushed the Tiger lead to 18-8 with just under nine minutes in the half.

The Generals slowly chipped away and Jeremy Atkins hit a lay up and ensuing foul shot to cut the lead down to five at 21-16. Minutes later, Clay McLean hit a jumper to make it a one point at 25-24 with 2:42 remaining in the half.

The Tigers were able to respond, however, ending the half on a 9-0 run - including two threes from Jessee and Patrick Corrigan (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) to take a 34-24 lead at intermission.

Five quick points from Jessee and George pushed the lead to 15 minutes into the second half. The Generals again chipped away, just as they had in the first half, and cut the lead to 43-35 on a Kevin Gill three pointer.

At the 11:27 mark, Washington & Lee hit another three to cut its deficit to seven, but five straight points from George put the Tigers up 52-40.

The Generals were persistent, making an 11-5 run to pull within six points at 57-51 with just under seven minutes to play.

A 10-2 run, however, capped off by a lay up and-one from Williamson gave the Tigers a 14 point cushion with three and a half minutes on the clock.

Washington & Lee pulled within nine two times down the stretch, but the Tigers were able to outscore the Generals down the stretch to remain perfect in ODAC play.

In addition to George and Jessee's combined 36 points, Williamson scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and White added nine points to go with seven assists. Anderson added eight points and five rebounds off the bench, while Corrigan went 2-of-3 for five points while recording six assists to just one turnover.

As a team, Hampden-Sydney was 27-of-48 (56.3%) from the floor, 5-of-10 (50%) from beyond the arc and 18-of-24 (75%) from the free throw line. The Tigers also outrebounded the Generals 30-29.

The Generals were led by J.D. Ey's 15 points and 11 rebounds. Gill added 14 points off the bench, and Larry Whitaker and Javon McDonald each scored eight points.

The Tigers will face #2 Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday, January 4 at 7:00 pm.

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