EMORY, VA - Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/LC Bird) posted 22 points and five rebounds while Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) had 23 and six to carry Hampden-Sydney to a key 87-77 win on the road over the Wasps of Emory & Henry College.
The first-half was back-and-forth with four ties but just one lead change. H-SC would lead by five at the 11:19 mark, but the score was tied again at 6:26 and 5:19. A Patrick Corrigan three pointer and three points from White put the Tigers up six with 3:36 to go in the half. The Wasps cut the lead to two, 25-23, after a Malcolm Green layup at the 2:21 mark, but the Tigers closed out the half on a 7-2 run, highlighted by a Fletcher Lumpkin (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) fastbreak dunk, to go into intermission with the momentum and leading 32-25.
H-SC tore open the game to start the second-half, going on a 9-0 run in the first 1:53 of the half. E&H answered back with two consecutive three pointers from Kyle Sensabaugh and Bobby Stafford to cut the lead to 10, 41-31, with 17:15 left. The lead continued to hover around the 10-12 point mark, but the Wasps utilized an 8-2 run from 10:58 to 9:18 to make it a six-point contest with the Tigers leading 57-51.
Jumpers from George, White, and Colin O'Neill (Fort Leavenworth, KS/Leavenworth) quelled the run and put Hampden-Sydney back up by 12 points at the 7:48 mark, giving the Tigers a double digit lead for the remainder of the contest. H-SC's lead swelled to 16, 76-60, with just 3:20 to go, and were up 13 with six seconds left, but a buzzer beating three pointer by Terrance Grigg cut the final margin to 10.
George finished the game with 23 points in 28 minutes, shooting 7-11 overall, 2-4 from three, and 7-9 from the free throw line. White got his 22 points while shooting 10-12 from the floor. White also added two assists, two blocks, and two steals. Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) continued his hot streak with 15 points, hitting 4-10 shots, 3-8 from three, and all four attempts from the charity stripe. Ben Jesse (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) tallied 11 points and three assists and Corrigan totaled seven points, six assists, four rebounds, and two steals.
Grigg had a team-high 16 points, Stafford and JT Murray each had 12 points, and Jorel Torrell contributed 11 points.
The Tigers shot a blistering 56.6% for the game, including converting at a 63% clip in the second stanza. H-SC converted 10 of their 21 three point tries and also went 17-24 from the foul line. H-SC committed just 11 turnovers, with only four coming in the second half, and posted 16 assists. The Wasps shot 50.9% on the afternoon and went 7-20 from three after missing all seven attempts in the first half. E&H turned over the ball 15 times, allowing the Tigers to earn an 18-12 advantage in points off turnovers. The bench proved to be a big difference maker as Hampden-Sydney got 38 points from their bench while the Wasps totaled just 19.
Hampden-Sydney travels to Ferrum, VA, on Wednesday to face Ferrum College at 7 p.m. in a non-conference contest. Ferrum is currently ranked third in the NCAA South Region and also sit 19th in the Top 25 with an 18-2 record.