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Jessee Nets 1,000, Tigers Down Roanoke 85-70

Ben Jessee

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Senior guard Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) four of his 15 points in the first four minutes of the game to reach 1,000 career points in the Tigers' 85-70 road win over ODAC-rival Roanoke College. With the win, the Tigers improve to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in ODAC play while the Maroons fall to 4-8 and 0-3 in the conference.

Junior forward Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) was the high-man offensively for the Tigers recording his 16th career double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds. He was very efficient, connecting on 10 of his 14 field goal attempts, two of his three attempts from beyond the arc, and six of his eight free throws.

Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) and Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) joined George and Jessee in double figures with 11 points each.

The Maroons were led by Logan Singleton's 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Kwasi Amponsah also carried much of the offensive load for Roanoke with 18 points.

Though Roanoke scored the first basket of the game on a Singleton two, it was the Tigers who raced out to the quick lead, taking a 14-4 advantage on a Jessee lay up at the 16:07 mark.

Williamson, George and Jessee then combined for 12 points in the next five minutes to lift the Tigers to a 28-10 lead.

The Tigers eventually built their lead to 20 when a Jessee lay up put them up 39-19 with just over four and a half minutes to play in the half.

Roanoke, however, used the final four and a half minutes of the half to outscore Hampden-Sydney 13-4 to cut its deficit to 43-31 at intermission.

Amponsah scored the first five points of the second half to make it a 43-36 game before a George triple gave the Tigers a ten point cushion.

Roanoke chipped away at the Tiger lead and made it a five point game (50-45) at the 15:01 mark. Every time the Maroons made a run, however, the Tigers responded. Sasha Obradovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Hawaii Prep) added two points, and then George added four straight to put the Tigers up 56-45.

Six straight points from Singleton again made it a single digit lead for the Tigers at 58-51, but a Ward triple pushed the lead back to ten with just under ten minutes on the clock.

The teams traded baskets changing the lead from ten to eight, but back-to-back buckets from Jessee off turnovers led to a 78-64 lead for Hampden-Sydney with 3:21 remaining in the game.

The Tigers were able to convert from the free throw line down the stretch, taking the 85-70 ODAC win.

Hampden-Sydney was 50% from the floor on 32-of-64 shooting, 32% from beyond the arc on 7-of-22 accuracy, and 56% from the foul line hitting 14 of its 25 attempts. The Tigers out rebounded Roanoke 44 to 34, but turned it over 20 times to Roanoke's 18.

Roanoke as a team connected on 23 of its 53 field goal attempts (43%), six of its 13 three pointers (46%), and 18 of its 29 free throw attempts (62%).

Hampden-Sydney will return to the friendly confines of Fleet Gymnasium on Wednesday, January 11, as it hosts the Hornets of Lynchburg College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.

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