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Tigers Beat Yellow Jackets 79-71 on Senior Day

Ben Jessee, Dee Vick, Ru White

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney held off a furious Randolph-Macon rally in the last 10 minutes to take down the Yellow Jackets 79-71 on Senior Day. Prior to the game, seniors Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/Allegany) and Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) were honored for their outstanding contributions to the Tiger basketball team

Randolph-Macon took a 2-0 lead one minute into the game courtesy of two free throws from Dylan Cole, but the Tigers scored the 12 of the next 14 points to take a 12-4 lead with 16:35 left in the half. Randolph-Macon used a 9-2 run over four minutes to make it a one-point game at the 10:51 mark.

Four straight layups ended the Yellow Jackets spurt and put the Tigers up 22-13 with 6:30 left in the frame. Randolph-Macon answered with six points over the next two minutes to make it a three-point contest, 22-19, at 5:26, but Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge) and Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) took over the game, scoring 13 of the next 15 points in the game as a dominant 15-0 Tigers runs in just four minutes poisitioned the Tigers up 37-22 with 1:29 left in the half.

Randolph-Macon stopped the bleading with seven straight points to trim the Tiger advantage down to 37-28 with 27 seconds left. Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) drained a three-pointer to end the half to put H-SC up 40-29 going in to intermission.

During halftime, Hampden-Sydney presented WFLO radio commentator and the Voice of the Tigers, Cannon Watson, with a plaque for his 18 years of dedicated service to Tiger Athletics. Also, the 2012 football seniors were honored for winning the ODAC Championship this year as well as being the second-winningest senior class in school history.

Hampden-Sydney started out the second-half with a bang, scoring 10 of the first 12 points including two Khobi Williamson (Morfolk, VA/Maury) dunks and two Keegan Wetzel (Mebane, NC/Eastern Alamance) baskets to give the Tigers a 19-point advantage just four-minutes into the stanza. R-MC cut the lead to 13, 54-41, at 13:14, but the Tigers went on a 11-2 run that included three dunks over the next three minutes to go up 65-42 with 9:57 to go.

The Yellow Jackets would refuse to go away and posted an 11-0 run in just over three minutes to trim the Tigers lead to 12, 65-53, at the 6:11 mark. A George jumper stopped the run, and the Tigers held on to a 72-61 advantage with 3:11 remaining in the game. Three R-MC free throws and a Calvin Croskey trifecta made it just a five-point contest, 72-67, with only 2:05 to go.

Neither team would score again until White drained two free throws with 57 tickets left on the clock. Croskey answered 12 seconds later with a layup and had a chance to convert on a three-point play but missed the free throw. White ended up scoring seven points in the final minute and capped off the victory with a two-handed jam with 15 seconds left. Lamar Giggets provided the final score of the game, a layup with four seconds left.

George had a team-high 15 points and contributed seven rebounds, four assists, a block, and a steal. White posted a double-double with 13 points (7-9 from the charity stripe), 10 defensive rebounds, six assists, and two blocks. Jessee tacked on 10 points while Williamson and Hargrove each had nine points. Williamson also added six rebounds and two blocks while Hargrove had five steals and two assists. Anderson was the top Tiger scorer off the bench with eight points and five caroms in only nine minutes of action.

Croskey lead all scorers with 16 points. Andre Simon came off the bench for 15 points and seven rebounds while Giggets posted a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

H-SC shot 46.2% for the game, including a 50% mark in the second-half, and went 14-17 from the foul line. R-MC was limited to 35.9% shooting and shot under 40% each half with 21-29 foul shooting. H-SC outrebound R-MC 44-37. Randolph-Macon held a 23-13 advantage in points off turnovers while Hampden-Sydney outscored them 38-30 in the paint. The Yellow Jackets also had an 18-9 advantage in second-chance points.

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