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Tigers Improve to 6-1 in ODAC Play with 82-69 Win Over Bridgewater

Sasha Obradovic

BRIDGEWATER, VA-Hampden-Sydney extended its current win streak to three with an 82-69 road win over the Eagles of Bridgewater College. With the win, the Tigers improve to 12-3 overall and 6-1 in ODAC play; the Eagles, however, fall to 4-11 on the year and 1-5 in the conference.

The Tigers were led in scoring by junior Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) and sophomore Sasha Obradovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Hawaii Prep) who each netted 14 points - a new career high for Obradovic. The sophomore was 5-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Freshman Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA/Blue Ridge) was also big for the Tigers, scoring 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting while Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) scored 11 points, and Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) added six points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Eagles were paced by Aaron Adams who scored a game-high 16 points. Ronnie Thomas was not far behind, posting a double-double of 15 points and ten rebounds. Cody Griffith and Ed Reddick also scored in double figures for Bridgewater with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The first ten minutes proved to be a tight contest with five lead changes and neither team able to take a lead greater than three points. At the 10:18 mark, however, George connected on two free throws to give the Tigers a 7-12 lead.

Back-to-back buckets from Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) later extended the Tiger lead to nine at 23-14.

The Eagles responded over the next minute and a half taking an 8-0 run to cut the Tigers' lead to 23-22. Obradovic stopped the run, however, as his triple lead to a 5-0 run to give the Tigers a ix point cushion.

The Tigers would twice bring their lead up to eight in the final minutes of the half, but Bridgewater's David Larson scored the last points before intermission and put the Eagles within five at 36-31.

Hampden-Sydney came out of the locker room focused, and five straight points from Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) gave the Tigers their first double-digit lead of the day.

An Adams three cut the lead to four, but two threes from Obradovic and a jumper and two free throws from Anderson pushed the Tiger advantage back to 14 (55-41) at the 12:11 mark.

Bridgewater cut the margin to seven, but White and Williamson both scored to give Hampden-Sydney a 62-51 advantage with seven minutes to play.

The Eagles again made it a seven point game as two free throws from Adams made it a 67-60 game with just over four minutes to play.

The Tigers would not give up any more ground, extended its lead back to double digits down the final stretch taking the 13 point victory.

As a team, Hampden-Sydney was 49% from the floor hitting 29 of its 59 attempts. From beyond the arc, the Tigers were 6-of-15 (40%), and they hit 18-of-26 (69%) from the foul line. The turnovers were tied at 17 for each team, and the Eagles won the battle of the boards with 42 rebounds to Hampden-Sydney's 40.

The Eagles were 24-of-67 (36%) from the floor, 6-of-21 (29%) from three, and 15-of-21 (71%) from the charity stripe.

Hampden-Sydney will return to action in the friendly confines of Fleet Gymnasium as it hosts the Generals of Washington & Lee University on Wednesday, January 18. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.

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