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Hampden-Sydney Returns To ODAC Action Saturday At Eastern Mennonite

Brendan McHale
Brendan McHale

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College will return to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball action with a game on the road at Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday, January 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Harrisonburg.  The Tigers are 4-7 overall, 1-3 in the ODAC, while the Runnin Royals are 7-6 overall, 2-2 in the ODAC.  The contest can be heard locally on WFLO Radio, 95.7 FM.

Hampden-Sydney (4-7, 1-3 ODAC)
at Eastern Mennonite (7-6, 2-2 ODAC) | GAME NOTES (PDF) | LIVE STATS | AUDIO | VIDEO
Location: Harrisonburg, Va.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Radio: Cannon Watson (play-by-play)
Series History: H-SC leads 58-22

Scouting the Tigers
Hampden-Sydney is 4-7 overall, 1-3 in the ODAC following a 95-59 road setback at non-conference opponent Hood (Md.) on Jan. 2.  Freshman Morgan McKay/Banner Elk, N.C. led the Tigers with career-highs of 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench, adding one block in 15 minutes, while playing in just his third game since transferring to the program from NCAA Division I Arkansas State University.  H-SC is coached by 11th-year head coach Dee Vick '94, who has led the program to an overall record of 156-127 during his tenure.  Vick is assisted by Chuck Thomas, T.J. Grimes and Daniel Eacho.  

H-SC has been led this season by junior guard Chaise Johnson/Richmond, who is averaging 11.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists.  He is followed by junior guard/forward Kevin Quinn/Durham, N.C. (9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals), freshman forward Warren Zager/Nashville, Tenn. (8.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals), sophomore center/forward Jake Hahn/Ruckersville (8.3 points, 3.4 rebounds) along with senior forward and team captain Justin Reid/Cary, N.C. (6.7 points, 2.9 rebounds).  The Tigers are averaging 69.9 points per game, while allowing 77.5 points to opponents.

Scouting the Runnin Royals
EMU is 7-6 overall, 2-2 in the ODAC and coached by first-year head coach Melvin Felix.  The Runnin Royals have been led by senior center Sammy Thomas (15.4 points, 6.5 rebounds), senior guard Travis Clower (14.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists) and sophomore guard Tim Jones (11.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists).  EMU averages 78.3 points, while yielding 77.5 points.

Series History
H-SC and EMU are playing for the 81st time in the sport of basketball, and the Tigers lead the series at 58-22.  The two schools split two games last season with each team winning at home (at H-SC, 80-73; at EMU, 72-60).

Common Opponents
H-SC and EMU have four common opponents this season, including ODAC members Ferrum and Shenandoah, along with non-conference opponents Averett and Mount Aloysius (Pa.).  The Tigers defeated both Averett (A, 68-64) and Shenandoah (A, 89-75), while falling to Ferrum (H, 85-80) and Mount Aloysius (N, 72-64).  The Runnin Royals have wins over each of the four schools … Ferrum (A, 75-68), Shenandoah (H, 92-72), Averett (A, 90-74) and Mount Aloysius (H, 79-70).

ODAC Stat Rankings
Johnson ranks second in the ODAC in free throw percentage (87.5%, 42-48) and 20th in assists (2.4).  Hahn ranks fifth in field goal percentage (60.0%, 36-60).  Sophomore guard Brendan McHale/Charleston, S.C. ranks eighth in assists (3.4) and 14th in assist/turnover ratio (1.7).  Zager ranks 11th in minutes (31.0), 15th in blocks (0.6), 17th in steals (1.5) and 18th in rebounding (6.3).  Freshman Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C. ranks 13th in three-point field goal percentage (40.7%, 11-27).  Quinn is tied for 17th in three-pointers (22).

Up Next
H-SC is idle for a week before returning home for the first time since December 15 to host ODAC member Washington and Lee University at S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m.

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