HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Tigers saw five players score in double figures in their win over Johnson and Wales University. Though the Tigers led 37-21 at the half, they outscored the Wildcats 53-11 in the final 20 minutes to collect the 90-32 victory. Freshman Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) had a breakout game with career-highs across the board via 12 points, 14 rebounds and two assists. With the win, Hampden-Sydney improves to 5-2 overall and 0-1 in the ODAC while Johnson and Wales falls to 0-12.
It was a quick start for the Tigers, who jumped out to a 16-2 lead over the first four minutes of the game after Patrick Corrigan (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) knocked down an open three. Johnson and Wales cut it to a ten point game (16-6) on a Willie Perlotte lay up, but the Tigers came right back with a Devin Johnson (Richmond, VA/Meadowbrook) lay up.
Hampden-Sydney enjoyed its biggest lead of the half when Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) sank a triple at the 10:34 mark to go up 25-7.
A 7-3 Wildcat run put them within 14 at 28-14, but a Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) trey put it to a 17 point advantage in favor of the Tigers at 31-14. Johnson and Wales continued to make spurts of scoring and solid defense to cut their deficit to 12 on two occasions, but free throws from Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) and free throws and a lay up from Alex Potapov (Moscow, Russia/Florida Air) gave Hampden-Sydney the 37-21 advantage at intermission.
Hampden-Sydney came out a new team to start the second half, using the first ten minutes and a 20-7 run to take a commanding 57-28 lead. Hampden-Sydney shared the wealth with seven players scoring in the run. The Tigers tacked on five more points courtesy White and George before Johnson and Wales hit a jumper to get back on the board, trailing 62-30.
The Tigers continued to pour it on, scoring 15 unanswered going up 77-30 with 5:15 to play, including three straight triples from with back-to-back makes from Jessee and and one from Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall).
Hampden-Sydney's defense was solid down the stretch, giving up only two points in the final five minutes. Offensively, the Tigers put up 13 points down the final stretch, including five points from Potapov.
George led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while Jessee knocked down five threes en route to 15 points. Potapov chimed in with 13 points, and White and Williamson each recorded 12 points. Williamson also notched his first career double-double with 14 rebounds. As a team, Hampden-Sydney shot 50% (33-66) from the floor and 42.3% (11-26) from beyond the arc. They also out rebounded the Wildcats 50-28.
Johnson and Wales, which shot just 23.1% (12-52) was led by Willie Perlotte's eight points. Cedarian Grier added seven points.
Hampden-Sydney (5-2, 0-1) returns to action this Wednesday, December 8, as it travels to face ODAC-foe Randolph College (5-2, 2-0). Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.