HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Junior Chaise Johnson/Richmond scored a team-high 16 points, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a 79-72 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball decision to Bridgewater Collegeon Saturday at S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium. Freshman Morgan McKay/Banner Elk, N.C. added his first career double-double with 12 points and a game-high and career-high 10 rebounds for the host Tigers (4-13, 1-9 ODAC), who led 40-30 at halftime. Chandler Murray scored a game-high 18 points off the bench for the visiting Eagles (8-11, 3-7 ODAC), while Dimetri Chambers added 16 points.
H-SC scored the opening basket of the game via a layup by Johnson as the hosts jumped out to an early 18-4 advantage at 13:40, getting eight quick points from Johnson, including a three-point field and a conventional three-point play along with four points from McKay and three-pointers by freshman Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C. and junior Kevin Quinn/Durham, N.C. BC closed to within 20-14 at 8:53, but the Tigers extended the lead back to 26-16 at 6:44 following a rare four-point play by Quinn, who was fouled while making another three-pointer and added the free throw, and a layup from McKay. The Eagles again closed the margin and were within 28-26 at 3:53, but once-again, H-SC stretched its advantage back to double-digits, leading 40-30 at the intermission as sophomore Brendan McHale/Charleston, S.C. scored six points around three-pointers by Quinn and freshman Tyler Thomas/Farmville.
BC trimmed the deficit to 41-38 early in the second half at 17:48, but H-SC stretched the lead back to 48-41 at 14:43 after another basket inside by McKay. The Eagles scored eight-straight points to lead 49-48 at 13:35, but the Tigers answered with six-straight points to lead 54-49 at 12:08 following a layup from Johnson. Back-to-back three-pointers by Johnson and McKay had the hosts ahead 63-59 with 6:54 remaining, and H-SC still led 68-67 at 2:06 after a layup from senior captain Justin Reid/Cary, N.C. The contest was tied at 69-69 with 1:37 on the clock after a free throw by McKay, but the visitors closed the contest on a 10-3 run for the final margin, making 8-8 free throws during the final minute.
Johnson led H-SC with his team-high 16 points, adding three rebounds, three assists and two steals. McKay finished with his first career double-double of 12 points and a game-high and career-high 10 rebounds for the Tigers. McHale added 12 points, six rebounds and a game-high eight assists, while Reid contributed 12 points, three rebounds and two steals. Quinn had 10 points, three rebounds and two steals. H-SC shot 51% (26-51) from the field, including 50% (9-18) on three-pointers, and 65% (11-17) at the free throw line.
Murray led BC with his game-high 18 points off the bench, adding six rebounds and five steals. Chambers finished with 16 points for the Eagles, while Jimmie Sanders had 13 points. BC shot 40% (23-57) from the field, including 35% (13-37) on three-pointers, and 57% (20-35) at the line.
H-SC will remain at home to welcome ODAC opponent Virginia Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at Fleet Gym.