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TIGERS TO FACE DEPAUW IN TAMPA BAY SHOOTOUT
The Hampden-Sydney Tigers return to action this evening following a short holiday break as they will face the Tigers of DePauw in the first game of the Tampa Bay Shootout, hosted by DePauw at the Tampa Bay Preperatory Academy. This will be the second back-to-back days for the Tigers, who went 1-1 in the Luck Stone Holiday Classic on December 16 and 17. After falling to Buffalo State on the first day, the Tigers rebounded with an 85-82 victory over Johnson & Wales. Also playing in the shootout will be Heidelberg and UMass-Dartmouth, who will tip off at 7 PM. The consolation game will be tomorrow at 1 PM, and the championship game will be played at 3 PM. Hampden-Sydney will then kickoff 2018 with a home game against ODAC-rival Virginia Wesleyan on January 3.
Hampden-Sydney comes into the season picked eighth in the ODAC Preseason Poll. Last season, the Tigers finished the year 11-16 overall and 6-10 in the ODAC while reaching the conference quarterfinals. This season, the Tigers return nine players from last year's team, including two of the top five scorers in Malik Crute and Gui Guimarães.
Through nine games, the Tigers have shown a good balance with four players averaging at least 11 points-per-game. Sophomore Kevin Quinn lead the way with 14.7 points-per-game while Malik Crute is adding 13.0. Both are shooting the ball well, as Crute connects on 49.2% of his field goals and 57.9% of his threes, and Quinn is shooting 46.2% from the floor and 41.3% from beyond the arc. Senior big men Nick Chase and Hunter Kuehn round out the top four with 11.6 and 11.2 points-per-game, respectively.
As a team, the Tigers score 76.3 points-per-game and shoot 45.0 percent from the floor, 36.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 71.2 percent from the charity stripe. The team also snare 33.9 rebounds-per-game and dish out 15.2 assists-per-game to 16.6 turnovers.
Tenth year head coach Dee Vick returns to helm after guiding the Tigers to the ODAC Quarterfinals last season.
2017 TAMPA BAY SHOOTOUT
Friday, December 29
DePauw vs. Hampden-Sydney 5 PM
Heidelberg vs. UMass-Dartmouth 7 PM
Saturday, December 30
Consolation Game 1 PM
Championship Game 3 PM
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE TIGERS
Hampden-Sydney returned to the win column with an 85-82 victory over Johnson & Wales in the 2017 Luck Stone Holiday Classic finale. The Tigers led 44-38 at the half and were able to hold the Wildcats at bay.
Hunter Kuehn led the way for the Tigers with 20 points, six rebounds, three blocks, and two steals while being named to the All-Classic Team. Nick Chase added 17 points and six rebounds, while Malik Crute and Jake Hahn added 11 and ten points, respectively.
Freshman Brendan McHale flirted with a double-double of eight points and nine assists while snaring six boards.
Johnson & Wales had four players score in double figures, including a game-high 22 from Matt Madoian.
Johnson & Wales won both the battle of the boards with 41 to Hampden-Sydney's 39 and the turnover battle with 13 to the Tigers' 17.
As a team, the Tigers shot 29-of-54 (.537) from the floor, 4-of-14 (.286) from three, and 23-of-31 (.742) from the foul line.
Johnson & Wales was 32-of-81 (.395) from the floor, 10-of-32 (.313) from deep, and 8-of-9 (.889) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME OUT FOR DEPAUW
DePauw dropped to 2-7 on the season while losing its fifth straight game in a 66-60 loss at Hiram on December 17. DePauw led 37-32 at the half but was outscored by 11 after the intermission.
Josh Hall led the Tigers with 15 points to go with five rebounds. Riley Doody scored 11 points while Nick Felt added seven points and seven rebounds.
Kelvin Jones scored a game-high 21 points for Hiram, and Sherman Dean, III scored 17 off the bench.
As a team, the Tigers shot 21-of-40 (.525) from the floor, 6-of-14 (.429) from three, and 12-of-14 (.857) from the foul line.
Hiram was 25-of-54 (.463) from the floor, 10-of-26 (.385) from deep, and 6-of-7 (.857) from the free throw line.