SALEM, VA - The fourth seeded Hampden-Sydney basketball team defeated fifth seeded Lynchburg College 82-60 on Friday afternoon. The Tigers will play top seeded Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday at 6 pm.
The Hornets took an early 4-2 lead, but a three pointer from Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) on the ensuing possession sparked a 12-0 run over a five-minute span that put H-SC up 14-4 at the 13:11 mark. Lynchburg scored nine of the next 11 points to cut the deficit to just three, 16-13, at the 10 minute mark.
Following a Tigers' timeout, Hampden-Sydney scored on two straight White layups, and a three pointer from Sasha Obradovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Hawaii Prep) capped a 10-1 spurt to go up 28-14 with 6:05 left in the first half.
H-SC continued to lead by 14 three minutes later, but five straight Manny Hernandez points cut the Tiger lead to 34-25 with just over two minutes left before intermission. Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) converted a layup on the next possession while Austin Chillemi made one of two free throws to keep it a 10-point game.
Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) drained two straight from deep range followed by two Chillemi free throws to give the Tigers the last possession of the half with 33 seconds remaining. H-SC ran the clock nearly to zero as Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) hit a dagger trifecta with three ticks left. A careless inbounds pass from Michael Wims drove in the dagger deeper as George picked it off and hit a fadeaway jumper just inside the three point arc on the left baseline to give Hampden-Sydney a 47-28 halftime lead.
Brandon Connor helped open the half strong for the Hornets with a three pointer on the opening possession. After a Tucker Lucas turnover, George caught a pass in transition one handed and immediately fired a one handed pass to White in stride for a layup. The Tigers would not score for four minutes but the defense kept H-SC in the game as they held on to a 51-36 advantage with 14:50 remaining.
A Hernandez free throw along with a layup and jumper from Wims cut the deficit down to 10 just over a minute later. A Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge) dunk jumpstarted a big Tiger run. A Nate Campbell turnover resulted in a Jessee three pointer, and then Jessee picked off a Campbell inbounds pass for a layup. White then finished off the 9-0 run with a tip-in to put Hampden-Sydney up 60-41 at the 11:25 mark.
Lucas cut down the lead to 15 points at 10:24, but Hampden-Sydney used another 9-0 run to go up by 24 points with 7:03 remaining. H-SC led by 20 or more points the rest of the game.
White had a game-high 15 points as he shot 7-9 from the floor. Jessee added 14 points while shooting 5-10 including a 4-8 performance from three point range. Obradovic added on nine points courtesy of three trifectas while Randall Ward contributed eight points.
First-Team All-ODAC honoree Nate Campbell was limited to four points while going just 2-9 from the field. Chillemi had game highs of 15 points and seven rebounds while Lucas added 14 points and six caroms.
H-SC shot 52% for the contest while LC shot under 30% each half to finish 28%. The Tigers went 12-27 from three and LC was 6-20.