HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney and Lynchburg were neck and neck for the first nine minutes of a key ODAC match up in Fleet Gymnasium, but it was the Tigers who pulled away to a 90-67 win to improve to 11-3 on the season and 5-1 in ODAC play. Lynchburg, however, drops to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in conference.
Junior forward Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) led all scorers with 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go with eight rebounds and four assists. Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor while scoring 17 points to go with eight rebounds, and freshman Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) posted a career-high 13 points.
The game was back-and-forth in the beginning with neither team able to pull away. The Tigers were the first to reach a five point lead as a Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) at the 10:04 mark gave the Tigers a 24-19 edge. Austin Chillemi then responded with a lay up, but George pushed the lead right back to five with a lay up of his own.
George's lay up sparked a 9-0 run that gave the Tigers a 35-21 lead with seven minutes to play in the half.
The Hornets cut the lead to nine on two occasions, including 41-32 at the 1:40 mark on a Brandan Connor lay up, but two George free throws gave the Tigers a 43-32 halftime lead.
The Hornets again cut the lead to single digits three and a half minutes into the half. Manny Hernandez threw down a dunk to make it 49-41, but Williamson hit a jumper thirty seconds later to push the lead back to ten.
After Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge) hit two free throws to put the Tigers up 14, Lynchburg had a 5-0 run to pull within nine.
As the Hornets started a comeback, Lewis took all momentum away with back-to-back triples to take a 65-50 lead with just over 12 minutes to play.
Minutes later, Williamson extended the lead to 20 with two free throws.
Lynchburg pulled within 16 points, but would get no closer as the Tigers eventually extended its final lead to 23 points.
The Tigers were 35-of-67 (52.2%) from the floor, 6-of-21 (28.6%) from beyond the arc and 14-of-21 (66.7%) from the charity stripe. They also out rebounded the Hornets 46 to 37 and turned it over 18 times to Lynchburg's 20.
Lynchburg was 24-of-70 (34.3%) from the field, 6-of-25 (24%) from three, and 13-of-16 (81.3%) from the foul line. The Hornets were led in scoring by Tucker Lucas and Austin Chillemi who each netted 16 points. Chillemi also added ten rebounds.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action Wednesday, January 14 as it travels to Bridgewater, Virginia to face the Eagles of Bridgewater College. Tip off is set for 1:00 pm.