January 25, 2012

Hot Shooting Pushes Tigers to 92-59 Win Over Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, VA-The Hampden-Sydney basketball team shot 54.7% from the field connecting on 35 of its 64 attempts en route to a 92-59 win over Lynchburg College. With the win, the Tigers improve to 14-4 overall and 8-2 in ODAC play. The Hornets, however, fall to 11-8 overall and 6-5 in the conference.

Hampden-Sydney's Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) led all scorers with 15 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists. Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) and Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) also scored in double figures with 11 points each. Four Tigers scored eight points, and Leon Hargrove (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek) was impressive in his third career start with five points to go with career-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (4).

Lynchburg was led by Andrew Simon's eight points in just ten minutes of play off the bench. Brandan Connor and Tucker Lukas each scored seven points.

Hampden-Sydney took the first lead of the game on a White lay up four seconds into the contest and never looked back. The Tigers slowly built their lead, and at the 13:45 mark led by six as a Sasha Obradovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Hawaii Prep) triple made it an 11-5 game. Though Lynchburg cut the margin to three, the Tigers burst out to an 11-0 run to take a 26-12 advantage at the 8:36 mark.

After a scoring drought by both teams, a Hargrove jumper put the Tigers up 17 with just over a minute and a half before half. Lewis then hit a three to put the Tigers up 22, but Lynchburg scored the final four points of the half to make it 42-24 in favor of the Tigers at intermission.

Lucas hit a three for Lynchburg to start the second half, but it was all Tigers from there. Hampden-Sydney reeled off 12 unanswered points before Robby Kaiser ended the Hornet drought with a three to make it 54-30 four and a half minutes into the half.

The Tigers pushed their lead to 31 when Fletcher Lumpkin (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) laid the ball in to go up 63-32 at the 13:36 mark.

Five and a half minutes later, Lynchburg came within 25, but five straight points from Lewis again made it a 30 point advantage in favor of the Tigers.

Down the stretch, Hampden-Sydney was able to push its lead to 34 twice, but finish with the 33 point victory of 92-59.

As a team, Hampden-Sydney was 35-of-64 (54.7%) from the floor, 7-of-24 (29.2%) from beyond the arc, and 15-of-25 (60.0%) from the free throw line. The Tigers won the battle of the turnovers (22 to Lynchburg's 24) and boards (49 to Lynchburg's 35).

The Hornets were 21-of-63 (33.3%) from the floor, 6-of-27 (22.2%) from three, and 11-of-20 (55.0%) from the free throw line.

Hampden-Sydney will remain on the road and return to action Saturday, January 28 as it travels to face Randolph College. Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.