HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The defensive minded Tigers held the Generals of Washington & Lee to just 31.7% shooting and 56 points in their 78-56 victory. With the win, the Tigers improve to 13-3 overall and 7-1 in ODAC play. The Generals fall to 9-7 on the season and 3-5 in the conference.
The Tigers wasted no time to hit the scoreboard as Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) dunked the ball just two seconds into the game. It was the Generals, however, who scored the next six points to take a 6-2 lead at the 17:21 mark.
Hampden-Sydney responded, however, with a 12-6 run over the next nine minutes as Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) connected on a lay up to put the Tigers up 18-8.
Jeremy Adkins cut the lead to eight, but a three from Sasha Obradovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Hawaii Prep) and four points from Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge) put the Tigers ahead 25-10 with 4:46 to play in the half.
A Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) three pointer later put Hampden-Sydney up by 17, but the Generals would chip away and come within 12 at 30-18.
The Tigers built their lead back to 17, and then right before the end of the half, Anderson connected on a lay up to give the Tigers a 38-19 halftime advantage.
Hampden-Sydney extended its lead by starting the second half on a 9-2 run over the first four minutes.
The Generals responded by cutting the Tiger lead to 19 as J.D. Ey scored to make it 48-29 at the 13:20 mark.
Minutes later, back-to-back lay ups from Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and Obradovic put the Tigers up 58-31.
Though the Generals would come within 20, it was as close as they would get as the Tigers maintained its lead down the stretch for their fourth straight game.
Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) led the Tigers with 12 points and eight rebounds. Jessee and Anderson each added 11 points while Anderson was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor. White and Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) scored nine points each.
As a team, the Tigers were 52.6% from the floor on 30-of-57 shooting, 33.3% from beyond the arc on 5-of-15 shooting, and 48.1% from the foul line, hitting 13 of their 27 attempts. They out rebounded the Generals 46 to 36, but turned it over 20 times to the Generals' 18.
The Generals were led by Jeremy Adkins' 13 points, and J.D. Ey scored 12 to go with 10 rebounds. As a team, they were 31.7% (20-of-63) from the field, 11.1% (2-of-18) from three, and 73.7% (14-of-19) from the charity stripe.
The Tigers return to action Saturday, January 21 as they travel to Ashland to face arch-rival Randolph-Macon College. Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.