Game Notes: Tigers Seek ODAC-Leading 11th Crown, Face #5 Lynchburg

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ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals
#4 Hampden-Sydney (18-7, 11-5 ODAC) vs. #5 Lynchburg (15-10, 97 ODAC)
Friday, February 24 | 3:00 pm | Salem Civic Center | Salem, VA

Last Time Out for the Tigers    
• Hampden-Sydney was able to snap a two-game losing streak with a 79-71 win over #23 Randolph-Macon in the regular season finale.
• The Tigers improved to 18-7 overall and 11-5 in ODAC play.
• The Jackets made a late run to cut their 23 point deficit to five, but the Tigers were just too much.
Ru White was solid with 13 points, ten rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
Harrison George scored a team-high 15 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists, and Ben Jessee added 10 points.
• Calvin Croskey paced the Jackets with a game-high 16 points.
• Lamar Giggetts notched a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards, and Andre Simon added 15 points.
• The Tigers were 46.2% from the floor (30-of-65) and 27.8% (5-of-18) from three.
• The Jackets shot 35.9% (23-of-64) from the floor and 28.6% (4-of-14) from three.

Last Time Out for the Hornets    
• Lynchburg overcame a 36-32 halftime deficit to defeat Randolph 65-61 and outright claim the fifth seed heading into the Tournament.
• The win puts the Hornets at 15-10 overall and 9-7 in ODAC play.
• Lynchburg's Nate Campbell (10 pts, 9 rbs) and Michael Wims (9 pts, 11 rbs) both posted near double-doubles.
• Austin Chellimi lead all scorers with 14 points to go with six boards.
• Randolph's Colton Hunt led the WildCats with 12 points.
• Derrick Woods-Morrow posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
• Mike Ehilegbu added 11 points, and Zach Desgain scored five to go with 10 boards.
• As a team, Lynchburg was 24-of-59 (40.7%) from the floor, 8-of-20 (40.0%) from three, and 9-of-19 (47.4%) from the foul line.
• Randolph was 18-of-51 (35.3%) from the floor, 5-of-27 (18.5%) from three, and 20-of-28 (71.4%) from the foul line.

The Last Time These Two Met    
• Hampden-Sydney got back in the win column with a convincing 92-59 decision over Lynchburg on Wednesday, January 25 at Lynchburg.
• The Tigers improve to 14-4 overall and 8-2 in ODAC play.
• The Tigers took the first lead on a Ru White lay up four seconds into the game and never trailed.
• Ru White led all scorers with 15 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists.
• Ben Jessee and Greg Lewis each added 11 points.
• Four Tigers scored eight points, including career-highs from Alex Smith and Fletcher Lumpkin.
Leon Hargrove, in his third career start, scored five points to go with career-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (4).
• Hampden-Sydney shot 54.7% from the floor (35-of-64) and 29.2% (7-of-24) from beyond the arc.
• The Hornets shot 33.3% (21-of-63) from the floor and 22.2% (6-of-27) from three.
 
Tigers in the Tournament    
• Hampden-Sydney is seeking its ODAC-leading 11th crown in 2012.
• Most recent championship came in 2007 - a 77-62 win over Roanoke.
• ODAC began playing the Tournament in the Salem Civic Center in 1981.
• Since 1981, the Tigers have posted a 39-15 (.722).
• Won three straight Tournament Championships from 1997-99.
• Made two other trips to the Salem Civic Center with Final Four appearances in 1999 and 2003.
• All games will be webcast free through the  ODAC - www.odaconline.com/tournament/winter/basketball.

Three Out...Eight Remain    
• With the first round of the ODAC Tournament complete, the field of eight for Salem has been set.
• #6 Randolph and #7 Eastern Mennonite both protected home court advantage with victories over #11 Roanoke and #10 Bridgewater.
• #9 Washington & Lee upset #8 Emory & Henry 67-50.
• #9 Washington & Lee will now face top-seeded and seventh-ranked Virginia Wesleyan.
• The Marlins are 2-0 this season against Virginia Wesleyan, including a regular season finale 77-49 win on Sunday.
• #7 EMU will face #2 Randolph-Macon.
• While the Jackets are 2-0 against the Royals this season, they've won both games by a total of four points.
• #6 Randolph will face #3 Guilford with the teams splitting the regular season meetings with the home team prevailing in each match up.

Looking at Lynchburg    
• Received a first round bye in the Tournament as the fifth seed standing at 15-10 overall and 9-7 in ODAC play.
• Quick back court featuring Xavier Parham's ODAC leading 5.3 assists-per-game and 3.5 steals-per-game.
• Front court headlined by leading scorer and rebounder Austin Chellimi (14.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Nate Campbell (13.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg).
• Brandon Connor is second in the ODAC with 2.8 spg to go with 7.3 ppg.
• Manny Hernandez (8.2 ppg), Tucker Lucas (8.1 ppg), and Harry West, Jr. (7.6 ppg) are key contributors.