Hampden-Sydney Basketball earned its first win of the season as they used a second-half comeback to defeat the Concordia (TX) Tornadoes 83-80 in the Daly Seven Tip-Off Classic hosted by Guilford College. Concordia defeated #18 Guilford College yesterday and was picked to win the West division of the American Southwest Conference
- Final Score: Hampden-Sydney 83, Concordia (TX) 80
- Records: Hampden-Sydney 1-2, Concordia (TX) 1-1
- Location: Greensboro, NC – Ragan-Brown Field House
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Hampden-Sydney found themselves in an early 8-2 hole after just two minutes but scored 14 of the next 18 to go in front 16-12 after a Will Sparks three pointer at 14:27
- The Tigers went scoreless for nearly the next five minutes as the Tornadoes utilized a 10-0 spurt to go in front 22-16 at 9:50.
- The Tigers found themselves down only three, 36-33, at 1:51 after a back and forth seven minutes of play, but the Tigers were held scoreless the rest of the half an trailed 39-33 going into intermission
- The Tornadoes opened the second half scoring 10 of the first 14 to take a 12-point lead with 16 minutes to play
- The Tigers used a 30-second timeout to regroup and the duo of Nick Chase and Harrison Cobb went on a 10-0 run to get H-SC within two, 49-47, at 13:48
- Ben Page made a free throw to give the Tornadoes a three-point advantage at 13;15, but Joe Neal was given a technical foul, and Sparks scored three points on the ensuing possession to tie the game at 50-50.
- The game proved to be tightly contested from there with several ties and lead changes
- Following an Ephriam price layup at 2:26 to put the Tornadoes up 71-70, Drew Scott caught a Will Sparks pass on the low block and powered through a foul for a layup and converted the three throw to put H-SC up 73-71
- Ben Page made a layup on the next possession to tie the game, but Jake Furrow answered with a three-pointer to provide H-SC a 76-73 advantage.
- Neither team could produce a point again until the 45-second mark when Raheem Anthony made two free throws to push the lead out to five
- Concordia's Philip Meikle missed a layup at 40 seconds, but the ball went out of bounds and to the Tigers, but a full court press produced a turnover two seconds later
- Price made the Tigers pay for the turnovers with a made triple to cut the H-SC lead down to two with 29 seconds left
- The Tornadoes were forced to foul on defense the rest of the game, and Brendan McHale made his two attempts at the foul line at the 23 second mark, then Philip Meikle scored on a jumper with 16 seconds left to draw Concordia back within two at 80-78
- Chase converted another two free throws a couple seconds later after a Concordia foul, but H-SC fouled Meikle on a circus layup attempt at the 12 second mark. Meikle made both free throw tries to once again make it a two-point game.
- McHale went to the charity stripe again and missed the first but made the second to give the Tigers an all-important three-point cushion, 83-80, with eight seconds left
- The Tornadoes quickly got the ball down the court and hoisted up a highly contested three pointer that went wide right, but the long rebound went to a Tornado player who was forced to throw up a desperation fadeaway three pointer at the buzzer that fell several feet short
TIGER TOP PERFORMERS
- Nick Chase scored a game-high to go with four rebounds and three assists. He shot 6-8 from the floor, 2-3 from three range, and 6-8 on free throws
- Will Sparks poured in 16 points with three rebounds and three assists. He converted five of his 11 field goal attempts and went 5-5 at the charity stripe
- Brendan McHale scored 13 points with five boards, five assists, and just two turnovers while also playing all of the final 16 minutes of the contest
- Drew Scott reeled in a team-high seven rebounds in addition to five points
FOR THE FOES
- Ben Page contributed 19 points and nine rebounds
- Joshua Samuels scored 19 points and shot 5-11 from three point territory
- Ephriam Price posted 17 points but struggled shooting with a 5-16 performance
- Joe Neal tacked on 10 points and eight boards
STATS OF THE GAME
- Hampden-Sydney shot 48.1% for the game and limited Concordia to a 39.1% mark with each team making eight three pointers
- H-SC converted 23 of 28 free throw attempts while Concordia went 18-24
- The Tigers recorded an assist on 20 of their 26 made field goals while the Tornadoes registered only eight assists
- Concordia turned 18 Hampden-Sydney turnovers in 21 points while H-SC turned 13 Tornado giveaways into 14 points
- Concordia held a 21-10 advantage in second chance points
- The Tornadoes saw their bench contribute just eight points while the Tiger reserves contributed 26 points
- Hampden-Sydney has another quick turn around and plays William Peace in Raleigh on Monday at 7:30 pm.