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TIGERS RETURN HOME TO HOST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
The Hampden-Sydney Tigers return to the friendly confines of S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium to kick off the new year and the bulk of their ODAC schedule with a Wednesday night match up against ODAC-rival Virginia Wesleyan. The game has been moved up from 7:00 PM to 5:00 PM with a winter storm expected to hit Virginia Beach tomorrow evening. Wednesday will mark the first of two meetings between the two teams with the Tigers heading to the Batten Center on Wednesday, January 24. Both teams are currently looking to get back in the win column with two-game skids. The Tigers most recently fell 78-70 to UMass Dartmouth in Tampa Bay, and Virginia Wesleyan fell 87-78 to Mary Washington. The last time these two met, the Tigers claimed a 76-69 win in Fleet Gymnasium in February of last year.
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 while adding eight new faces.
Through 11 games, the Tigers have shown a good balance with four players averaging at least 11 points-per-game. Sophomore Kevin Quinn lead the way with 13.5 points-per-game while Malik Crute is adding 13.4. Both are shooting the ball well, as Crute connects on 50.0% of his field goals and 53.8% of his threes, and Quinn is shooting 43.4% from the floor and 38.5% from beyond the arc. Senior big men Hunter Kuehn and Nick Chase round out the top four with 11.7 and 11.0 points-per-game, respectively.
As a team, the Tigers score 74.6 points-per-game and shoot 44.7 percent from the floor, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc, and 70.3 percent from the charity stripe. The team also snare 33.9 rebounds-per-game and dish out 14.9 assists-per-game to 15.9 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 dropped a 78-70 decision to UMass Dartmouth in the consolation game of the Tampa Bay Shootout.
Hunter Kuehn led the way for the Tigers with 22 points, five rebounds, four steals, two assists, and one block while being named to the All-Tournament Team. Malik Crute added 14 points and four assists, while Nick Chase nearly got a double-double with nine points and eight boards.
UMass Dartmouth had three players score in double figures, including 22 points and ten rebounds from Arinze Obiora.
UMass Dartmouth dominated the boards with 44 rebounds to the Tigers' 30, but they turned it over 20 times while the tigers had 14 giveaways.
As a team, the Tigers shot 29-of-54 (.537) from the floor, 4-of-14 (.286) from three, and 23-of-31 (.742) from the foul line.
Johnson & Wales was 32-of-81 (.395) from the floor, 10-of-32 (.313) from deep, and 8-of-9 (.889) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME OUT FOR VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
Virginia Wesleyan lost its second straight game, falling 87-78 to Mary Washington. The Eagles took a 51-34 lead into intermission held on in the second half.
Four of the Marlins starters scored in double figures while accounting for 53 of the Marlin's 78 points. Corey White, Jr. led the starting five with 14 points while Tyree Golston added the same total off the bench.
Lamont Steward, Percy Burt, and Keijon Honore all scored 13.
As a team, the Marlins shot 30-of-65 (.462) from the floor, 12-of-28 (.429) from three, and 6-of-15 (.400) from the foul line.
Mary Washington was 28-of-51 (.549) from the floor, 13-of-23 (.565) from deep, and 18-of-25 (.720) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Hampden-Sydney won its third straight game, downing the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan College 76-69 on Wednesday, February 8.
Jake Duncan and Logan Samuels led the way with a combined 41 points. Duncan was red hot, scoring 24 on 10-of-12 shooting. Duncan also snared seven boards while Samuels dished out four assists.
Virginia Wesleyan was led by Khory Moore and Kaelin Poe who each scored 16. Keijon Honore added 12.
As a team, the Tigers shot 29-of-58 (.500) from the floor, 6-of-16 (.375) from three, and 12-of-18 (.667) from the foul line.
Virginia Wesleyan was 27-of-61 (.443) from the floor, 9-of-30 (.300) from deep, and 6-of-9 (.667) from the free throw line.