Tigers Open ODAC Play at Preseason Favorite Roanoke
The two of the most historic and winningest teams in ODAC history will open ODAC play against each other on Sunday. Each team has won the ODAC Championship 10 times since the ODAC's inception for the 1976-77 season. No other ODAC team has won more than six league titles and the rest of the league has combined for 22 championships.
Hampden-Sydney is 2-4 vs. the Maroons over the last four seasons with the last win coming on January 13, 2016, at the Cregger Center. The Tigers topped the 20th ranked Maroons in a 100-92 shootout.
The Tigers, despite being without the services of Malik Crute thus far, are off to a 2-1 start with wins at Averett and home against Gallaudet, and the Tigers won on Wednesday without second-leading scorer Chaise Johnson.
With no 20+ point a game type scorer, H-SC is scoring by committee this year with six players averaging between 13.7 and 8.3 points an outing while seven have tallied at least 10 points in a single game thus far. With the goal of relying on the three pointer for a heavy portion of the offense, the Tiger sharpshooters came into form on Wednesday after struggling as a whole in the first two games. H-SC starting out the contest vs. Gallaudet 8-for-9 from three and finished the game shooting 39.4% beyond the arc, making 13-of-33 attempts.
On the other side of the court, H-SC surrendered fewer than 65 points to two of its first three opponents while limiting the opposition to only 30.0% from three point range and forcing 15.3 turnovers. Additionally, teams are making only 13 free throws a game against the Tigers and they have only been in the double bonus twice in six halves.
Looking at Roanoke
Roanoke was picked to win the league in the ODAC Preseason Poll while center Josh Freund was tabbed a Preseason Fourth-Team All-American by D3hoops.com after being named ODAC Player of the Year last year.
The Maroons are off to a roller coaster start at 2-2, winning the first and third games while dropping the second and fourth.
They have scored 90 and 88 points in their two wins, shooting 54.5% overall and 45.5% from three on 10.0 makes from long range. Additionally, they have gone 38-47 on the foul line in their two victories with 14.0 steals. Meanwhile, the offense has faltered in the two losses, posting just 64 and 54 points. They have shot 39.0% overall and just 24.5% on 13 makes from three range while going 13-22 on the foul line in the two losses. They also have just 7.5 steals.
Last Time Out for the Tigers
Hampden-Sydney Basketball got Thanksgiving off to a positive start as they held off a big second-half rally by the Gallaudet University Bison to win 73-63 on Wednesday.
The Tigers came out the gates white-hot from the field and especially beyond the arc. Drew Scott accounted for nine of the first 11 Tiger points as he went 3-3 from beyond to arc as H-SC led 11-5 at 16:18. The Tigers continued to pour it on from there as Kevin Quinn connected on three straight triples to push the advantage to 20-6 at 13:43 to force a Bison timeout.
The timeout didn't do much to curtail the Tiger onslaught as they pushed the lead to a whopping 20 points, 28-8, just 10 minutes into the contest. H-SC would lead by 25, 40-15, at 6:21 but went cold from the field the rest of the half, scoring only seven points but limited Gallaudet to seven as well to lead 47-22 at halftime.
Following a Justin Reid layup that put H-SC up 27, 51-24, two minutes into the second half, but over the next 11 minutes, the Tigers went bitterly cold shooting as they were outscored 25-4 to see the lead trimmed down to just six at 55-49 with 7:38 to play. Hampden-Sydney scored the next four points, but the Bison drained two consecutive three pointers to find themselves down just 59-55 at 3:43. Leading by five, 62-57, at the 3:11 mark, the Tigers went to work on both ends of the court, using a 9-2 run to put the game out of reach with a 12-point advantage with only 24 seconds left in the contest.
Warren Zager stuffed the box score with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Drew Scott scored a team-high 14 points as he shot 4-10 from three point range. Brendan McHale reeled in a team-high nine rebounds and also handed out five assists. Justin Reid contributed 12 points and four rebounds. Kevin Quinn chipped in with 10 points, three boards, and two steals. Jake Furrow chimed in with 10 points, four assists, and three steals.
Last Time They Met
Hampden-Sydney ended the regular season with a 76-57 loss to Roanoke College on February 17, 2018.
The action was back and forth in the first half as both squads struggled to convert shots with each shooting under 40%. Down 16-15, H-SC scored eight straight to go ahead 23-16 with 4:03 left in the first half. The Maroons would come back to tie the game with 42 seconds to play in the first, but a Kevin Quinn triple gave the Tigers a 28-25 lead at intermission.
H-SC maintained their lead three minutes in at 32-30, but Roanoke caught fire in the second half, going up five just two minutes later. RC extended the run to the tune of a 23-7 spurt to go ahead 53-39 at the 11:11 mark.
The Tigers gradually chipped away at the deficit and H-SC found themselves down just nine, 59-50, with 6:50 left on the clock. Roanoke would go on to score eight of the next nine and lead by at least 12 the rest of the way
Malik Crute led H-SC with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds, and two steals
Kevin Quinn chipped in 14 points off the bench. Guilherme Guimaraes posted a season-high 12 points to go with four rebounds and three assists.