Game Notes: Tigers Gear Up For Regular Season Finale Showdown with #23 R-MC

Ben Jessee and Ru White

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Preview | Game 25 | Senior Day
Hampden-Sydney (17-7, 10-5 ODAC) vs. #23 Randolph-Macon (20-4, 12-3 ODAC)
Saturday, February 18 | 2:00 pm | S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium

Last Time Out for the Tigers    
• Hampden-Sydney lead 35-32 at halftime, but the Guilford Quakers rallied in the second half by the tune of 51 points to claim a 83-72 victory.
• The Tigers fall to 17-7 overall and 10-5 in ODAC play.
Harrison George led all Tigers with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Ru White was solid with 13 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.
Khobi Williamson snared seven boards to go with 12 points, and Ben Jessee added 10.
• Gabriel Lowder paced the Quakers with a game-high 18 points.
• Josh Pittman and Will Freeman added 16 and 11 points, respectively.
• Carson Sullivan and Matt McCarthy each scored 10.
• Hampden-Sydney shot 44.8% from the floor (26-of-58) and 26.9% (7-of-26) from beyond the arc
• The Quakers shot 48.3% (28-of-58) from the floor and 41.7% (10-of-24) from three.

Last Time Out for the Jackets    
• Randolph-Macon improved to 20-4 overall and 12-3 in ODAC play after downing Ferrum 72-60 on Wednesday.
• The win was the third straight for the Yellow Jackets.
• Andre Simon led the way with 15 points off the bench.
• Marcus Badger and Jamie Robinson added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
• Calvin Croskey and Lamar Giggetts each scored 10 and combined for 13 rebounds.
• Ferrum's Marcus Mayo scored a game-high 25 points while connecting on 11 of his 20 field goal attempts.
• Nick English was the only other Panther in double figures with 12 points.
• As a team, Randolph-Macon was 25-of-61 (41.0%) from the floor, 4-of-17 (23.5%) from three, and 18-of-20 (90.0%) from the foul line.
• Ferrum was 25-of-62 (40.3%) from the floor, 5-of-12 (41.7%) from three, and 5-of-6 (83.3%) from the foul line.

The Last Time These Two Met    
• Hampden-Sydney had its four game win streak snapped with an 86-80 to Randolph-Macon in Ashland on January 21.
• The Tigers fell to 13-4 overall and 7-2 in ODAC play.
• Randolph-Macon built an 11 point lead with just under 15 minutes to play in the contest, but the Tigers were able to tie the game at 69-69 with 4:30 to play.
• The Jackets, however, reclaimed the lead and held on for victory.
• Ben Jessee led the Tigers with 17 points while Cam Anderson added 12.
Sasha Obradovic poured in 11 points off the bench while going 5-of-7 from the floor.
• R-MC saw five players score in double figures, including a game-high 18 from Andre Simon.
• Hampden-Sydney shot 43.8% from the floor (28-of-64) and 42.1% (8-of-19) from beyond the arc.
• The Jackets shot 51.9% (28-of-54) from the floor and 43.8% (7-of-16) from three.

Senior Guard Ben Jessee    
• Jessee has been a major contributor all four years of his career.
• Has played in 105 career games with 76 starts and scored at least 10 points 61 times.
• Boasts a career scoring average of 10.7 points-per-game, and is enjoying his best scoring year this season at 11.3 points-per-game.
• His 1,128 points rank him 32nd in school history.
• Has been a solid shooter, connecting on over 42% of his field goal attempts, over 37% of his three point attempts with 209 makes, and over 85% of his free throws.
• Also a solid passer, Jessee has dished out 187 assists to 159 turnovers.
• Has recorded 84 steals.
• Career-high in scoring came as a freshman with 23 points against Virginia Wesleyan.
• Snared a career-high seven boards as a junior against Roanoke, and had a career-high eight assists that same season against Methodist.

Senior Forward Ru White    
• Two year player who made an immediate impact starting in 46 of his 49 appearances.
• Has scored at least 10 points 30 times with a career average of 10.9 points-per-game.
• Recorded 35 steals and 31 blocks in his first season with the Tigers.
• Has notched three double-doubles including one this season.
• Has dished out three assists on 23 occasions.
• Snaring 5.6 rebounds-per-game for his career.
• Has dished out 128 assists to 118 turnovers with 68 steals and 45 blocks.
• Solid scorer who has connected on 51.5% of his field goal attempts.
• Averaged 12.8 points- and 6.0 rebounds-per-game in his first year with the team.
• Posted a career-high 23 points last season against EMU and 14 boards against E&H.

Looking at Randolph-Macon    
• Stands second in ODAC play at 20-4 overall and 12-3 in conference.
• Currently ranked 23rd in the nation according to
• Well balanced offensive attack that sees four players average between 11 and 13 points-per-game.
• Calvin Croskey is their top scorer at 12.4 points-per-game while leading the way in three point percentage (40.7%).
• Rookie Marcus Badger is dishing out a team-high 3.6 assists-per-game.
• Lamar Giggetts (12.3 ppg), Adam Desgain (11.9 ppg), and Andre Simon (11.3 ppg) are key contributors.