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Tigers Fall 61-60 to Randolph

Ru White

LYNCHBURG, VA-Hampden-Sydney trailed by 12 midway through the second half to host Randolph College, but came back within one with just five seconds to play. The Tigers' did not convert, however, on the last second shot attempt falling 61-60 to the WildCats. With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 14-5 overall and 8-3 in ODAC play.

Junior Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) led the Tigers in scoring with ten points, and Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) and Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) added nine and eight points, respectively. Keegan Wetzel (Mebane, NC/Eastern Alamance) was solid with six points and a team-high five rebounds in just nine minutes of play.

Randolph was led by Derrick Woods-Morrow's game-high 22 points and nine rebounds while hitting nine of his 11 field goal attempts. Zach Desgain scored 13 points to go with six boards, and Colton Hunt added seven points and four assists.

Desgain was the first to score in the game with a three point 21 seconds into play. The Tigers soon after tied the game at 5-5 on a Leon Hargrove (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek) triple. Hampden-Sydney then outscored the WildCats 10-4 to take a 15-9 lead at the 11:12 mark.

Randolph responded with a 9-0 run to reclaim the lead at 18-15, but Lewis fired right back with a three to tie the game at 18-18. Hargrove later laid the ball in to give the Tigers a 24-20 lead, but an 11-0 run from the WildCats made it 31-24 in favor of Randolph.

Randolph held onto the lead taking a 35-29 advantage at intermission.

Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) hit a three to start the second half, but Randolph slowly built its lead to 49-37 at the 14:46 mark. After the Tigers struck, Mike Ehilegbu connected on a lay up to put the WildCat lead back at 12. 

A three from Lewis and lay up from George put the Tigers within seven, but Randolph made the margin 11 with just under eight minutes to play.

The Tigers chipped away, holding the WildCats without a field goal for the final 6:48 of the game. After a White jumper put the Tigers within four, George converted a lay up and free throw to put the Tigers within one at 61-60 with two minutes to play.

Neither team could convert on the offensive end, but the Tiger defense forced a Randolph turnover with just under six seconds to play. The Tigers got off a shot, but could not convert taking the one point loss.

As a team, Hampden-Sydney was 23-of-56 (41.1%) from the floor, 9-of-26 (34.6%) from beyond the arc, and 5-11 (45.5%) from the free throw line. The Tigers pulled down 29 rebounds to Randolph's 30, but had four less turnovers than Randolph.

The WildCats were 23-of-45 (51.1%) from the floor, 6-of-10 (60.0%) from beyond the arc, and 9-of-11 (81.8%) from the foul line.

Hampden-Sydney will return home for its next game as the Tigers host Bridgewater College on Wednesday, February 1. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.

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