SALEM, VA – The #12 Hampden-Sydney Basketball team, seeded #2 in the ODAC Tournament, used an 18-2 over six minutes spanning the two halves to build an insurmountable 15-point lead en route to a 72-49 win over the #10 seeded Roanoke College Maroons.
Hampden-Sydney improves to 23-3 while Roanoke ends their season with an 11-16 record. The Tigers move on to the semi-finals where they will play the winner of the Randolph-Macon vs. Guilford matchup at 8 pm on Saturday.
The first-half was tightly contested for all 20 minutes with several ties and lead changes throughout. Following an Andrew Daniels layup at the 2:58 mark, Roanoke took a 28-27 lead. Just over a minute later, Harrison George (Raleigh, NC / Leesville Road) converted a traditional three-point play, and Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA / Maury) followed with one of his own with 1:06 to play to put H-SC ahead 33-28. Hampden-Sydney got the ball back with four seconds to go following a Maroon turnover in the backcourt and Mike Murray (Norfolk, VA / Norfolk Christian) made them pay with a tear-drop running jumper with two ticks on the clock to give H-SC a 35-28 halftime advantage.
Hampden-Sydney's momentum gained from ending the first stanza on an 8-0 run carried well after intermission. Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA / Hanover) opened the second-half scoring with a midrange jumper and drained a three-pointer on the next possession. Williamson and Jordan Thacker traded layups, but Lewis made another triple at 16:18 to cap an 18-2 run that saw the Tigers go from down one to up 15 in just six minutes of play.
Roanoke didn't back down though as Julian Ramirez buried two straight shots from beyond the arc to cut the lead down to nine, 45-36. A George jumper along with two Daniel Eacho free throws kept it a nine-point game with 13:29 remaining. The Tigers then went on a backbreaking 14-0 spurt over the next four minutes to take a 61-38 advantage and put the game away for good with 9:20 left in the contest.
Four Tigers scored in double figures on the evening as Williamson and Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA / Blue Ridge) each posted a game-high 12 points. Anderson shot 6-8 from the floor with four rebounds in 14 minutes, and Williamson went 4-7 overall and 4-4 from the free throw line. George contributed 11 points and six boards while Lewis added 10 points. Murray had game-bests of five assists and three steals, and Pat Corrigan (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) scored five points along with a career-high nine rebounds.
Julian Ramirez led Roanoke with 12 points while Jordan Thacker was the lone remaining double-digit scorer with 10.
The Tigers outrebounded the Maroons 46-33 and dominated points off turnovers 18-3. H-SC also held a 36-16 advantage in points in the paint and a commanding 46-12 edge in points off the bench.