Guilford Upsets #24 Tigers

Khobi Williamson
GREENSBORO, NC – Guilford College upset the #24 Hampden-Sydney Basketball team 68-54 on Saturday afternoon in ODAC action from Greensboro, NC.

Guilford established control of the game right off the opening tip as Zeb Richardson finished a hook shot from the left block on the opening possession. Following a missed Tiger three-pointer, Josh Pittman drained a three pointer off an offensive rebound at 19:15, leading to an immediate Hampden-Sydney timeout. An H-SC turnover led to a foul, sending Richardson to the line where he made both attempts to make it a 7-0 game at 18:38.

Hampden-Sydney then slowly chipped back in to the game. Hampden-Sydney's first points came off a Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA / Maury) jumper in the paint at the 17:35 mark. Guilford was able to hold off the Tigers for a few minutes and increased the lead to nine, 13-4, at 13:42 but the Tigers then made their charge. A jumper from Kodie Critzer (Charlottesville, VA / St. Anne's-Belfield) followed by consecutive threes from Kritzer and Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA / Hanover) made it a one-point contest, 13-12, with 11:46 left in the half.

Every time Hampden-Sydney threatened to take a lead, Guilford would get a defensive stop or convert a basket on their end of the court. A Keegan Wetzel (Mebane, NC / Eastern Alamance) free throw at 2:59 tied the game at 25-25, but the second one to give the Tigers the lead was off the mark. Guilford scored the next four points, but Wetzel replied with a three to cut the lead back down to one with just over two minutes left before intermission. The Quakers closed the half out on a strong note, scoring seven of the last eight points to go into halftime up 36-29.

The spurt to end the half proved to be a huge momentum shifter as Guilford came out in the second half on fire, draining numerous three-pointers while continuing to stifle the Hampden-Sydney offense. Guilford scored the first seven points of the stanza to go up by 14 points less than four minutes in. Lewis ended the drought with a layup and made the free throw. Guilford would lead by at least 15 the majority of the second half.

Lewis led H-SC with 13 points, Williamson tallied 12 points and eight rebounds, and Harrison George (Raleigh, NC / Leesville Road) contributed eight points and nine rebounds. Richardson led the Quakers with 14 points while Pittman and Matt McCarthy each had 12 points. Jake Hopkins had six points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Hampden-Sydney struggled to shoot on the day, going 20-62 (32.3%) overall, 6-28 (21.4%) from three, and 8-18 (44.4%) from the free throw line. Guilford shot 18-46 (39.1%) from the field, 7-21 (33.3%) from three range, and went 25-30 (83.3%) from the charity stripe. H-SC had a strong day on the boards, outrebounding Guilford 40-37 but corralled 18 offensive rebounds to just eight for the Quakers.

Hampden-Sydney travels to Lynchburg College on Wednesday for a 7 pm contest.