February 4, 2012

Balanced Attack Leads Hoops Tigers Over E&H, Best Record Since '03-'04

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney basketball team saw nine players score at least eight points in its 107-68 win over Emory & Henry on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Tigers improve to 16-5 overall and 10-3 in ODAC play. The 16-5 mark is the best record through 21 games for the Tigers since the 2003-04 season. The Tigers have also hit the 10 win mark in the ODAC for the first time since 2006-07.

Freshman Leon Hargrove (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek) led the Tigers with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go with five assists and four steals. Junior Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) was 5-of-9 from the floor for 12 points to go with seven assists, four steals and no turnovers. Keegan Wetzel (Mebane, NC/Eastern Alamance) and Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) each scored nine, and five Tigers chimed in with eight points.

Emory and Henry's Jorel Terrell scored a game-high 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Kyle Sensabaugh and Malcolm Green each added 12.

Hampden-Sydney set the tone early, starting the game on a 12-0 run capped off by a Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) jumper at the 16:38 mark.

Six minutes later, the Tiger defense clamped down yet again to force the Wasps into a scoring drought. Hampden-Sydney used another 12-0 run to take a 35-10 lead with just over eight minutes to play in the half.

A Williamson lay up just inside five minutes pushed the Tiger advantage to 30 at 48-18. The offense continued to pour it on down the stretch of the first half, adding 19 more points in the final 4:53 to take a 67-33 lead at the half.

Though the Wasps scored the first two buckets of the second half, Hampden-Sydney responded with an 8-0 run.

Hampden-Sydney was able to push its lead out to 40 over the course of the second half and was able to do so in avariety of ways.

In the second half, ten different Tigers were able to score, while defensively they held Emory and Henry to 35 points.

On the day, Hampden-Sydney was red hot from the floor shooting 52.9% (42-of-71). From beyond the arc, the Tigers were 7-of-19 (36.8%), and they were 16-of-22 (72.7%) from the charity stripe.

Emory & Henry, which stands at 9-12 overall and 3-9 in ODAC play, was 25-of-58 (43.1%) from the floor, 4-of-15 (26.7%) from beyond the arc, and 14-of-23 (60.9%) from the free throw line.

Hampden-Sydney returns to action Tuesday, February 7, as it hosts Patrick Henry College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.