February 25, 2012

Game Notes: Fourth-Seeded Tigers to Meet Top-Seeded Marlins Tonight in Semis

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No. 4 Hampden-Sydney (19-7, 11-5 ODAC) vs. No. 1 (#7) Virginia Wesleyan (23-3, 14-2 ODAC)
ODAC Tournament Semifinals
February 25 | 6:00 pm | Salem Civic Center | Salem, VA

Last Time Out for the Tigers    
• Fourth-seeded Hampden-Sydney cruised to the semifinals with an 82-60 quarterfinal win over fifth-seeded Lynchburg.
• The Tigers improved to 19-7 overall and 11-5 in ODAC play.
• Hampden-Sydney built a 47-28 half time lead and controlled most of the game.
Ru White posted a game-high 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
Harrison George scored six points to go with five boards, three assists, and three blocks.
Ben Jessee hit four triples en route to 14 points.
• Austin Chillemi and Tucker Lucas paced the Hornets with 15 and 14 points, respectively, to go with a combined 13 rebounds.
• The Tigers were 51.7% from the floor (31-of-60), 44.4% (12-of-27) from three, and 66.7% (8-12) from the foul line.
• The Hornets shot 27.7% (18-of-65) from the floor, 30.0% (6-of-20) from three, and 78.3% (18-23) from the foul line.

Last Time Out for the Marlins    
• Top-seeded and seventh-ranked Virginia Wesleyan posted an 87-63 semifinal win over ninth-seeded Washington & Lee.
• The win puts the Marlins at 23-3 overall and 14-2 in ODAC play.
• Chris Astorga was impressive with game-highs in points (23) and rebounds (9).
• Chris Teasley added 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while the ODAC Player of the Year D.J. Woodmore knocked in 12 points to go with seven assists, two steals, and two blocks.
• Donald Vaughn and Tre' Ford added nine and eight points, respectively.
• Larry Whitaker (20), Kevin Gill (14), and Taylor Gilfillan (10) combined to score 44 of the Generals' 63 points.
• As a team, VWC was 24-of-59 (40.7%) from the floor, 8-of-20 (40.0%) from three, and 9-of-19 (47.4%) from the foul line.
• W&L was 25-of-65 (38.5%) from the floor, 4-of-16 (25.0%) from three, and 9-of-14 (64.3%) from the foul line.

The Last Time These Two Met    
• Hampden-Sydney erased a 12 point halftime deficit to tie the game at 71-71, but #3 Virginia Wesleyan hit a lay up at the buzzer to go up 73-71 and snap a three-game win streak for the Tigers.
• The Tigers fall to 17-6 overall and 10-4 in ODAC play.
• Harrison George led all scorers with 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
• Ben Jessee was the only other Tiger in double figures with 15 points.
Khobi Williamson notched seven points to go with a team-high 10 rebounds.
• Donald Vaughn paced the Marlins with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
• D.J. Woodmore and Tre' Ford combined for 29 points.
• Hampden-Sydney shot 47.4% from the floor (27-of-57) and 37.5% (3-of-8) from beyond the arc
• The Marlins shot 39.7% (27-of-68) from the floor and 33.3% (4-of-12) from three.
 
Tigers in the Tournament    
• Hampden-Sydney is seeking its ODAC-leading 11th crown in 2012.
• Most recent championship came in 2007 - a 77-62 win over Roanoke.
• ODAC began playing the Tournament in the Salem Civic Center in 1981.
• Since 1981, the Tigers have posted a 39-15 (.722).
• Won three straight Tournament Championships from 1997-99.
• Made two other trips to the Salem Civic Center with Final Four appearances in 1999 and 2003.
• All games will be webcast free through the  ODAC - www.odaconline.com/tournament/winter/basketball.

Seven Out...Four Remain    
• After Friday's action, four more teams have been taken out of contention for the 2012 ODAC Crown.
• Three of the four higher seeds prevailed with #3 Guilford falling 75-53 to #6 Randolph.
• The WildCats are not in unfamiliar territory having made a run to the title game last season.
• Top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan will face the #4 Tigers after both teams recorded 20-plus point victories in the quarters.
• The Marlins are 2-0 this season against Hampden-Sydney but took their second win 73-71 at the buzzer.
• #2 Randolph-Macon survived the #7 EMU Royals 99-90 in overtime.
• The Jackets will now have a rematch of last year's championship game, in the semis, against Randolph.
• In the regular season, Randolph-Macon won the only meeting 52-49 in Ashland.

Two Tigers Named All-ODAC    
• Junior forward Harrison George earned First Team All-ODAC honors, and sophomore forward Khobi Williamson earned Third Team Accolades.
• It is the third All-ODAC nod for the George, the 2010 ODAC Rookie of the Year, and first for Williamson.
• George was second in the ODAC in scoring at 17.1 points-per-game, while snaring 6.1 rebounds-per-game (10th).
• Williamson ranked in the top-25 in scoring at 11.0 points-per-game while his 6.3 boards-per-game ranked ninth.
• Williamson and George ranked first and third, respectively, in the league in field goal percentage.