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Averett Upends Hampden-Sydney in Season Opener

Hunter Kuehn
Hunter Kuehn

Averett University defeated Hampden-Sydney Basketball 80-66 on Wednesday night in each team's season opener.

THE BASICS

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Averett led 11-7 just over three minutes into the game, but defenses settled in from there and neither team would make another shot from the floor until a Kevin Quinn three-point play put the Tigers down 12-10 at 13:12
  • A Timothy Henry layup at 11:22 gave the Cougars a six-point lead, 16-10, but the Tigers scored the next seven to go in front 17-16 with 9:50 left in the first half.
  • The Tigers trailed just 26-25 with 4:48 to go until halftime, but Averett closed out the half on a 9-0 run to go into intermission 35-25.
  • H-SC started off the half on a 7-2 spurt to trim the deficit down to five, 37-32, but Averett answered with a 7-0 to go out in front 12, 44-32, at 16:46
  • The Tigers managed to cut the deficit down to five a few more times and trailed by just six, 68-62, at 3:06 following five consecutive points from Raheem Anthony.
  • Averett would go on to score the next five points to go up 11 with 1:55 to play and led by double digits most of the rest of the game

TIGER TOP PERFORMERS

  • Hunter Kuehn led four players in double digits for H-SC with 16 points. He shot 7-9 from the floor and blocked three shots
  • Raheem Anthony scored 11 points to go with seven assists and two steals
  • Malik Crute chipped in with 13 points
  • Kevin Quinn registered 10 points 

FOR THE FOES

  • James Contreras Jr. led tallied a game-high 19 points to go with eight rebounds
  • Vince Contreras added 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds
  • Montre' Cash recorded 10 points, four assists, and four rebounds
  • Jalen Burnett chimed in with eight points and seven boards

STATS OF THE GAME

  • Averett shot 42.6% for the game compared to a 37.5% mark for Hampden-Sydney. They also led in three point percentage – 30.8% vs. 18.2%.
  • The Cougars dominated on free throws to the tune of a 24-36 performance while the Tigers registered just 19 attempts, making 14
  • AU controlled the glass 50-29, grabbing 18 offensive rebounds leading to a 21-8 advantage in second chance points.
  • The Cougars also led 17-6 in points off turnovers and 11-4 in fastbreak points

NEXT GAME

  • Hampden-Sydney heads down to Greensboro, NC on Friday to participate in the Daly Seven Tip-Off Classic hosted by Guilford College. The Tigers square off against Huntington at 5 pm on Friday and follow with a 4 pm tip time vs Concordia (TX) on Saturday.
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