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#10 Tigers Face #7 Lynchburg in ODAC Tourney

Kevin Quinn
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Preview | Game 26
#10 Hampden-Sydney (6-19, 3-13 ODAC) vs. #7 Lynchburg (14-11, 8-8 ODAC)
Tuesday, February 20 | 7:00 pm | Turner Gymnasium
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#10 TIGERS FACE #7 LYNCHBURG IN ODAC TOURNEY

The Hampden-Sydney Tigers will open up the 2018 ODAC Tournament against seventh-seeded Lynchburg in the first round of the tournament. The Tigers stand at tenth at 3-13 in conference play, while the Hornets wrapped up their ODAC schedule at 8-8, obtaining a home game in the first round. The winner of Tuesday night's game will be one of eight teams to travel to the Salem Civic Center and will face second-seeded Roanoke in the quarterfinals. 

These two teams met once in the regular season with Lynchburg taking a 101-92 win in Turner Gymnasium on January 10.

ABOUT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY

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 eight players from last year's team while adding eight new faces.

Through the regular season, the Tigers have shown a good balance with five players averaging at least nine points-per-game. Junior Malik Crute lead the way with 15.2 points-per-game while Kevin Quinn is adding 11.6. Chaise Johnson has come on strong the second half of the season, averaging 9.0 points-per-game in his 16 appearances. Senior big men Hunter Kuehn and Nick Chase round out the top five with 9.0 and 8.9 points-per-game, respectively. 

Brendan McHale helps the offense go, averaging 4.0 assists-per-game, which is ninth in the ODAC.

As a team, the Tigers score 69.4 points-per-game and shoot 43.9 percent from the floor, 34.1 percent from beyond the arc, and 71.9 percent from the charity stripe. The team also snares 32.9 rebounds-per-game and dish out 13.8 assists-per-game to 16.1 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 took a 76-57 loss to Roanoke in the 2017-18 regular season finale. The Tigers led 28-25 at the half, but Roanoke's offense caught fire in the second half, shooting over 74 percent from the floor while outscoring the Tigers 51-29.

Malik Crute led the Tigers with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block. Kevin Quinn scored 14 points while Guilherme Guimaraes added 12 points.

Roanoke's Josh Freund led all players with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and four steals. C.J. Miles and Colton Reed added 20 and 15, respectively. 

As a team, the Tigers shot 22-of-52 (.423) from the floor, 7-of-22 (.318) from three, and 6-of-13 (.462) from the foul line.

Roanoke was 28-of-52 (.538) from the floor, 10-of-25 (.400) from deep, and 10-of-16 (.625) from the free throw line.

LAST TIME OUT FOR LYNCHBURG

Lynchburg sealed the seven seed in the ODAC Tournament with an 80-66 win over Bridgewater, finishing the regular season 14-11 overall and 8-8 in the ODAC.

Lynchburg's Connor Schroeder came off the bench to lead all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Chance Greene scored 17 points, and Austin Wrighten added 12 points and ten rebounds.

Chandler Murray paced the Eagles with 18 points, while Ken Stanciel and Dimetri Chambers combined for 21 points.

As a team, the Hornets shot 25-of-57 (.439) from the floor, 13-of-25 (.520) from three, and 17-of-24 (.708) from the foul line.

Bridgewater was 23-of-70 (.329) from the floor, 6-of-33 (.182) from deep, and 14-of-21 (.667) from the free throw line. 

LAST TIME THEY MET

Hampden-Sydney fell 101-92 to Lynchburg in a high scoring affair on Wednesday night.

Malik Crute led all scorers with 29 points while connecting on six of his 12 three point attempts. Brendan McHale added 15 points and six assists, while Chaise Johnson added 11 points off the bench.

Lynchburg had a balanced effort with eight players scoring in double figures, including 18 points from Austin Wrighten.  

As a team, the Tigers shot 31-of-66 (.470) from the floor, 16-of-31 (.516) from three, and 14-of-20 (.700) from the foul line.

Lynchburg was 30-of-66 (.455) from the floor, 13-of-29 (.448) from deep, and 28-of-35 (.800) from the free throw line. 

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