HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Junior Chaise Johnson/Richmond scored a team-high 22 points, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a hard-fought 91-80 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men's basketball decision to the University of Lynchburg on Wednesday night at S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium. Sophomore Brendan McHale/Charleston, SC. and freshman Morgan McKay/Benner Elk, N.C. each added 14 points for the host Tigers (4-18, 1-14 ODAC), who trailed 46-38 at halftime. Cody Lang scored a game-high 24 points for the visiting Hornets (20-5, 11-5 ODAC), while Connor Schroeder added 17 points.
Lynchburg scored the first eight points of the contest and led 18-10 at 11:24 of the opening half. H-SC used a 10-6 run to close to within 24-20 at 7:52, getting points from Johnson (4), McHale (4) and senior team captain Justin Reid/Cary, N.C. (2). The Tigers closed to 30-27 at 4:33 on a layup by McKay, and it was 33-30 at 3:40 after a conventional three-point play from Johnson. Two free throws by Johnson had the hosts within 39-38 at 1:32, but the Hornets scored the final seven points of the half to lead 46-38 at the intermission.
H-SC opened the second half with two quick baskets from Johnson to pull within 46-42 at 19:26. Lynchburg ran off seven-straight points to lead 53-42 at 18:39, but the Tigers kept battling and closed to 55-47 at 17:18 courtesy of a three-point field goal by McHale. The Hornets once-again extended their advantage, leading 63-50 at 15:21 after a three-pointer of their own. H-SC answered back with eight-straight points to get within 63-58 at 13:34, getting two three-pointers from freshman Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C. around a jumper by McKay. Atwood's third three-pointer of the half made it 72-64 with 8:18 remaining, but eight unanswered points by Lynchburg led to a 15-3 run to take control for an 87-67 lead at 4:10. The Tigers did outscore their visitors 13-4 over the final 3:53 toward the final margin. Appropriately enough, Reid scored the final points of the contest on a last-second jumper on Senior Night in recognition of his final appearance in Fleet Gym.
Johnson led H-SC with his team-high 22 points, making 8-11 field goals (2-4 three-pointers) and 4-5 free throws. McHale and McKay each finished with 14 points for the Tigers, with McKay adding five rebounds. Atwood had 12 points off the bench, all scored in the second half, including 3-7 three-pointers, while Reid contributed six points and two rebounds. H-SC shot 48% (30-63) from the field, including 44% (10-23) on three-pointers, and 71% (10-14) at the free throw line.
Lang led Lynchburg with 24 points, including 18 first-half points, adding eight rebounds. Schroder finished with 17 points for the Hornets, while Devante' Young and Austin Wrighten each contributed 12 points with Wrighten adding game-highs of 10 rebounds and six assists. Lynchburg shot 51% (35-69) from the field, including 36% (10-28) on three-pointers, and 58% (11-19) at the line.
As mentioned, it was Senior Night for Justin Reid, a four-year team member who has started 27 of 86 career games, posting 288 career points, 189 career rebounds, 38 career assists, 30 career steals and 19 career blocks. He has shot 47 percent from the field (113-242) and 69 percent at the free throw line (57-83). His career-highs include 14 points against Randolph-Macon earlier this season on December 5, seven rebounds -- three times, most-recently against Virginia Wesleyan this season on January 30, two assists -- nine times, two steals -- five times and two blocks -- two times. Reid has five double-figure scoring games during his career. He is enjoying his finest season as a Tiger this year, averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, adding 16 assists, 11 steals and five blocks. A team captain, Reid is one of the President's Men at H-SC, serving as an ambassador of the President and representative of the College, while also a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Golf Club Team. Justin is the son of Brian and Cheryl Reid.
H-SC will conclude the season on the road at Emory & Henry College on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Emory.