HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Hampden-Sydney basketball team has proven a highly potent offensive team this season, and with the release of the NCAA statistical rankings on January 8th, the statistics show that the Tigers are amongst the best in the country.
H-SC leads all of NCAA Division III in field goal percentage, converting on 53.1% of their field goal attempts. Only 11 teams are shooting above 50% this season and second place Wisconsin-Whitewater trails the Tigers by 1.1 percentage points at 52%. The dazzling efficiency on offense has been fueled by excellent shot selection and tremendous team work.
Ten players are shooting at a clip of 50% or better this year. Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) ranks third in the nation, converting on 67% of his attempts while Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesvile) has made 61% of his shot attempts to rank 31st. Other Tiger players to make 50% or more of their shots includes CJ Cleaves (Cedar Park, TX/Cedar Park), 77.8%; Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge), 73.1%; Alex Potapov (Moscow, Russia/Florida Air), 66.7%; Kodie Critzer (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield), 53.8; and Patrick Corrigan (Richmond, VA/Collegiate), Fletcher Lumpkin (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin), Keegan Wetzel (Mebane, NC/Eastern Alamance), and Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/Allegany) all at 50%.
Hampden-Sydney also ranks eighth in scoring margin at +18.1 (national leader MIT, +25.7) and seventh in scoring offense at 89.6 points a game (national leader Grinnell, 119.3). H-SC has won six games by 20+ points and are outscoring opponents by 25.2 points a game in Fleet Gymnasium. The Tiger offense has been balanced with three players averaging double digits and seven players averaging more than five points a game. George leads the team and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) at 19.9 points per outing. Williamson posts 12.1 points a game while Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) is producing 12 points a contest. Whiteis averaging 8.5 points, Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) 7.8 points, Anderson 7.5 points, and Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) rounds it out with 5.3 points.
H-SC also ranks 13th nationally in assists per game at 17.8, assisting on 52.7% of their field goal conversions. Corrigan leads the team with three helpers a contest. Ward checks in with 2.8 assists a game White with 2.6, and Jessee with 2.3. Corrigan also checks in with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.95, good for 80th nationally.
The defense is clamping down on opponent three point shooters this year, ranking 69th in D3 in three point FG% defense at 30.5%. Seven Tiger opponents have failed to eclipse 30%, including a season-best 1-16 performance by John Jay.
The full-court press has also proven to be an effective asset for creating turnovers as Hampden-Sydney ranks 17th in steals with 11.7 a game. George leads the way with 2.2 to place 92nd while White is 111th with 2.1 a game. Corrigan and Lewis are contributing 1.1 thefts a contest.
The Tigers have put on a block party this year with 4.5 rejections per contest to place 34th. Williamson leads the team with 1.5 blocks to place 96th.
Also a strong rebounding team, Hampden-Sydney is outrebounding opponents by six caroms a game to rank 47th nationally. The Tigers have used a complete team effort to control the glass as not one player ranks in the top 200 for rebounds per game. Williamson leads the team at 6.9 an outing while George is close behind at 6.6. White is collecting 4.4 boards a game, and Anderson is averaging 3.9.
Hampden-Sydney is off to a 10-3 start with a 4-1 mark in ODAC play and recently received two votes in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 poll. The Tigers square off tonight against Lynchburg College at 7 p.m. in Fleet Gymnasium. THe Hornets are tied for third in the ODAC with a 4-2 ODAC record and a 9-5 overall record.