Posted: Dec 02, 2017
Hampden-Sydney Basketball rallied in the final minute to ground the #23 Emory University Eagles 90-85 on Saturday afternoon.
- Final Score: Hampden-Sydney 90, #23 Emory 85
- Records: Hampden-Sydney 3-4; #23 Emory 4-2
- Location: Hampden-Sydney, VA – Fleet Gymnasium
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A turnover-filled and back-and-forth first half saw H-SC go into intermission ahead 35-33 as Malik Crute sank a three pointer a few seconds before the halftime buzzer
- Each team settled in offensively after intermission and the second half proved to be a shootout each team scoring over 50 points
- The 23rd-ranked Eagles controlled the opening six minutes following halftime by taking a four-point lead, 51-47, at 14:02.
- The Tigers proceeded to go on a 15-4 run, capped by back-to-back Kevin Quinn three pointers, to surge ahead 62-55 midway through the half
- H-SC maintained their seven-point advantage, 69-62, up through the 6:38 mark, but the Eagles took command of the game with an 18-7 spurt to pull in front by four, 80-76, at 3:06.
- Emory kept their four-point lead following a Christopher Avant layup at 1:28, but Brendan McHale drained a triple from the right wing off a Hunter Kuehn pass to trim the deficit to one with 1:05 remaining
- Emory's Adam Gigax pushed the Eagle advantage back to four on their next possession as he canned a trifecta.
- Nick Chase got H-SC back within two with a layup at 27 seconds, then Crute stole the inbounds pass, scored a layup, got fouled, and converted the free throw to give H-SC the lead for good at 86-85
- Emory turned over the ball on a post-entry pass on their next possession, and Chase went to the free throw line in the double bonus to convert two attempts to push the lead to three with 15 seconds remaining
- Gigax missed a triple from the top of the arc six seconds later, and H-SC earned possession of the ball and a trip to the foul line on a loose ball rebounding foul. Hunter Kuehn made both tries at the charity stripe to ice the game.
TIGER TOP PERFORMERS
- Kevin Quinn scored 26 points as he shot 8-for-12 overall and 7-for-8 from three, the second most three pointers in a game in school history, falling one make short of the record
- Malik Crute tallied 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists. He converted 6-of-9 field goal attempts, canned 3-of-4 trifectas, and made all five free throw shots
- Nick Chase scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting
- Hunter Kuehn stuffed the stat sheet again with 11 points, five boards, four assists, and two steals
- Brendan McHale handed out seven assists and recorded two steals
FOR THE FOES
- Romin Williams scored 17 with seven rebounds and five assists but had five turnovers
- Adam Gigax posted 17 points and three steals
- Geberal Baitey tacked on 14 points, five assists, three steals, and five turnovers
- Beau Bommarito scored 13
- Christopher Avant totaled 11 points and eight rebounds
STATS OF THE GAME
- Both teams set the nets on fire as Emory shot 60.3% for the game while Hampden-Sydney converted at a 56.1% clip
- H-SC sizzled beyond the arc as well, shooting 60% with 12 makes. The Eagles were cold from three-point land as they had seven makes but shot just 28%
- EU outrebounded H-SC 28-21
- The Eagles had 21 turnovers that resulted in 29 Tiger points. H-SC totaled 16 giveaway for only 15 Eagle points
- Emory held a 46-32 advantage in points in the paint
- Hampden-Sydney takes a break for exam week and returns to the court on December 16-17 for the Luck Stone Holiday Tournament featuring Buffalo State, Bridgewater College, and Johnson and Wales (RI).