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Royals Pull Away in Second Half for Win

Justin Reid
Justin Reid

Eastern Mennonite led by two at halftime off a last second three pointer then pulled away in the second half for a 72-60 win over Hampden-Sydney Basketball. 

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Eastern Mennonite 72, Hampden-Sydney 60
  • Records: Hampden-Sydney 5-16, 2-10 ODAC; Eastern Mennonite 9-11, 4-8 ODAC
  • Location: Harrisonburg, VA – University Commons

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Tigers got off to a great start, leading 10-4 after six minutes following a Hunter Kuehn dunk
  • The Royals would reel off a 22-8 run over the next seven minutes to go out in front 26-18 at 7:04
  • H-SC answered back with an 8-0 spurt to tie the game at 3:30
  • Chaise Johnson drained a three pointer with 34 seconds remaining to put H-Sc up 31-30, but Maleke Jones countered with a three of his own in the final seconds to provide EMU with a 33-31 advantage at halftime
  • Johnson briefly regained the lead, 34-33, for the Tigers on a three pointer at 18:28, but the Royals collected 12 of the next 14 to go out in front 45-36 with 12:55 to play
  • The Tigers scored the next six, four courtesy of Justin Reid, to cut the deficit to three, 42-45, two minutes later, but EMU used another run, this time 9-0, to go up by 12 with 8:05 on the clock and the Tigers would go on to trail by at least eight the rest of the afternoon

TIGER TOP PERFORMERS

FOR THE FOES

  • Travis Clower and Maleke Jones each scored 17 points
  • Isaiah Harris-Winn tallied nine points and 10 rebounds

STATS OF THE GAME

  • Hampden-Sydney shot 47.1% for the contest compared to a 39.1% mark for Eastern Mennonite
  • EMU made eight three pointers while H-SC connected on just four.
  • The Royals went 14-19 on free throws, and the Tigers made just half of their 16 attempts
  • EMU was +10 on the glass, 40-30

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