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Hampden-Sydney Falls On The Road At Guilford 74-41

Jack Wyatt
Jack Wyatt

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Freshman Jack Wyatt/Richmond scored a team-high 12 points off the bench, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a 74-41 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball decision on the road at Guilford College on Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Freshman Morgan McKay/Banner Elk, N.C. added nine points for the visiting Tigers (4-15, 1-11 ODAC), who trailed 38-19 at halftime.  Carson Long scored a game-high 17 points for the host Quakers (16-5, 10-2 ODAC), who are receiving votes in this week's Top 25 Poll, while Marcus Curry added 12 points.

H-SC took an early 5-0 lead just 2:32 into the game after a layup by McKay and a three-point field goal from junior Chaise Johnson/Richmond.  The Tigers trailed just 13-11 at 9:36 following three free throws by junior Kevin Quinn/Durham, N.C., and the visitors were still within 22-17 at 6:01 after a jumper from sophomore Brendan McHale/Charleston, S.C.  GC, however, closed the half on a 16-2 run to lead 38-19 at the intermission.

GC continued its momentum to begin the second half, extending its run over the two halves to 28-5 to lead 50-22 with 14:45 remaining.  Four free throws from Wyatt and a jumper by senior captain Justin Reid/Cary, N.C. closed the margin to 50-28 at 12:30, but the Quakers answered with a 12-1 run to lead 62-29 with 7:37 on the clock.  The two teams played evenly over the final seven-plus minutes to provide for the final margin as freshman Tyler Thomas/Farmville connected on a pair of late three-pointers for the visitors.

Wyatt led H-SC with his 12 points off the bench, including 8-10 free throws.  McKay finished with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks for the Tigers.  Thomas contributed six points while making his first start for the College.  H-SC shot 26% (12-46) from the field, including 15% (3-20) on three-pointers, and 61% (14-23) at the free throw line.

Long led Guilford with his 17 points, adding six rebounds and a game-high three steals.  Curry finished with 12 points for the Quakers, adding a game-high nine rebounds.  Steven Ruszala had 10 points off the bench.  GC shot 40% (26-65) from the field, including 36% (9-25) on three-pointers, and 65% (13-20) at the line.

H-SC will remain on the road to play at nationally-ranked and arch-rival Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Ashland.  The Yellow Jackets are No. 9 in this week's Top 25.  The Tigers return home to welcome Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium.

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