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TIGERS TRAVEL TO WILLIAM PEACE
The Hampden-Sydney Tigers will remain on the road and head back down to North Carolina for a Monday night match up against the Pacers of William Peace. There has been no rest for the weary as tonight will mark the fourth game in six days for Hampden-Sydney. The Tigers have gone 1-2 in their first three but are fresh off of a comeback 83-80 win over Concordia (TX) at Guilford on Saturday. Senior Nick Chase had a game-high 20 points to go with four rebounds and three assists, while freshmen Will Sparks and Brendan McHale added 16 and 13 points, respectively. Following tonight's game, the Tigers will take a short break for Thanksgiving before playing back-to-back conference games to close out the month of November. On Sunday the 23rd, they will travel to face Washington & Lee, and on Wednesday the 29th, the Tigers will host Eastern Mennonite.
Hampden-Sydney comes into the season picked eighth in the ODAC Preseason Poll. Last season, the Tigers finished the year 11-16 overall and 6-10 in the ODAC while reaching the conference quarterfinals. This season, the Tigers return nine players from last year's team, including two of the top five scorers in Malik Crute and Gui Guimarães.
Through four games, the Tigers have shown a good balance with four players averaging at least nine points-per-game. Freshman Will Sparks leads the way with 11.0 points-per-game, while senior big men Hunter Kuehn and Nick Chase are adding 10.7 and 10.0 points-per-game. Sophomore Kevin Quinn adds 9.0 points-per-game, and point guards Malik Crute and Raheem Anthony combine for 12.8 points.
As a team, the Tigers scored 69.7 points-per-game and shot 40.1 percent from the floor, 27.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 70.8 percent from the charity stripe. The team also snared 35.3 rebounds-per-game and dished out 14.0 assists-per-game to 16.3 turnovers.
Tenth year head coach Dee Vick returns to helm after guiding the Tigers to the ODAC Quarterfinals last season.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE TIGERS
Hampden-Sydney notched its first win of the year with an 83-80 comeback win over Concordia (TX) in the second day of the Guilford College Classic. The Tigers trailed by six at the half, but outscored the Tornados 50-41 in the second half.
Nick Chase led the way for the Tigers with a game-high 20 points to go with four rebounds and three assists. Will Sparks also had a strong offensive outing with 16 points, and fellow freshman Brendan McHale came off the bench to add 13 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
Concordia weighed heavily on their starters, who combined for 72 of the team's 80 points. Joshua Samuels and Ben Page each scored 19, while Ephriam Price and Joe Neal had 17 and ten, respectively.
Concordia had a slight rebounding edge with 38 caroms to the Tigers' 36. The Tornados also forced 18 turnovers while giving it away 13 times.
As a team, the Tigers shot 26-of-54 (.481) from the floor, 8-of-23 (.348) from three, and 23-of-28 (.821) from the foul line.
Concordia was 27-of-69 (.391) from the floor, 8-of-30 (.267) from deep, and 18-of-24 (.750) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME OUT FOR WILLIAM PEACE
William Peace dropped its season opener 68-67 at Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday evening. The game was close throughout with the Marlins holding a 35-33 halftime advantage. The Marlins did manage a 12 points lead late in the first half, but Pacers fought their way back.
The Pacers were led by Camden Ferguson's 20 points on 7-of-21 shooting and 5-of-17 from three. John Burwell and Trey Bryant added 14 and ten, respectively.
William Peace snared 45 rebounds to Virginia Wesleyan's 41. The Pacers were, however, hampered by turnovers with 17.
As a team, the Pacers shot 27-of-68 (.397) from the floor, 6-of-28 (.214) from three, and 7-of-12 (.583) from the foul line.
Virginia Wesleyan was 26-of-66 (.394) from the floor, 4-of-23 (.174) from deep, and 12-of-18 (.667) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Hampden-Sydney returned to the win column with an 86-74 victory over William Peace on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
The game was tied 35-35 at the half, but the Tigers exploded for 51 points in the second half.
Logan Samuels and Nick Chase had career nights with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Chase also added seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.
Jake Duncan just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Josh Katowitz also added 11 points.
William Peace was led by Jay Hicks' 13 points, while Camden Ferguson added ten. Ryan Emfinger and Willie Herring each had nine points.
As a team, the Tigers shot 28-of-51 (.549) from the floor, 4-of-13 (.308) from three, and 26-of-33 (.788) from the foul line.
William Peace was 24-of-62 (.387) from the floor, 11-of-32 (.344) from deep, and 15-of-21 (.714) from the free throw line.