LYNCHBURG, VA-Despite an early 6-2 lead, Hampden-Sydney fell 74-57 to ODAC-foe Randolph College. Hampden-Sydney was led by sophomore Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) who scored 16 points in the effort. Senior Colin O'Neill (Fort Leavenworth, KS/Leavenworth) added a season-high 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
After the Tigers jumped out to a 6-2 lead, Randolph tied the game at 6-6, but after several traded baskets, Hampden-Sydney maintained a slight 13-10 advantage at the 14:09 mark. The Wildcats brought it back to one, but a George lay up extended it back to a three point advantage at 15-12.
Randolph then rallied to a 14-4 run over the next four minutes to take a 27-19 lead. George again stopped the run with a jumper, but Randolph's Colton Hunt responded with two of his own. Sophomore Patrick Corrigan (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) connected on a lay up to cut the Tiger deficit to five, but nine unanswered from Randolph pushed it to 37-23. With traded baskets, Randolph took a 39-25 lead to intermission.
Malcolm Nelson started off the second half with a three, but O'Neill responded with two free throws to make it a 15 point game. Neither team could gain ground, and it remained a 15 point game at the 14:19 mark (51-36). Randolph extended its lead to 19, but Hampden-Sydney continued to fight.
A six point run from O'Neill and George cut the deficit to 13 at 7:37 mark. Both teams then struggled from the field, but it was Randolph's Pete Hamilton broke the two and a half minute scoring drought with two free throws.
Sophomore Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) later cut it back to 13 with a three pointer - then twice later with an and-one lay up at the 1:20 mark and on a lay up at the 1:04 mark, but it was as close as Hampden-Sydney would get eventually falling 74-57.
Along with George and O'Neill's 27 points, Jessee added nine points and Ward added eight. Hampden-Sydney out rebounded Randolph 32-25, while shooting 42% (21-50) from the field.
Randolph's Colton Hunt had a game-high 24 points to go with eight steals while Pete Hamilton added 15 points and Derrick Woods-Morrow put in 13. The Wildcats shot 51.1% (24-47) from the field.
Hampden-Sydney (5-3, 0-2) returns to Fleet Gymnasium after the Christmas break for the Car Coop/Weenie Miller Holiday Hoops Tournament on December 29 and 30. The Tigers take on Marymount on the 29th at 5:00 pm.