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TIGERS HOST EASTERN MENNONITE
The Hampden-Sydney Tigers will return to the friendly confines of S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium for just the second time this season as the Tigers will host its second consecutive ODAC-foe in the Royals of Eastern Mennonite University. The Tigers will look to rebound from a 92-67 loss at Washington & Lee on Sunday while the Royals, at 2-2 overall, will be playing in their first conference game of the season. Wednesday will be the first of two meetings between the schools with the Tigers heading to Harrisonburg on February 3. Hampden-Sydney and Eastern Mennonite squared off just once last season with the Royals taking a 74-68 win in Fleet Gymnasium. Following Wednesday's game, the Tigers will play host Emory on Saturday, December 2 before taking a two week break. They will then return to action on the 16 and 17 in the Luck Stone Holiday Classic.
Hampden-Sydney comes into the season picked eighth in the ODAC Preseason Poll. Last season, the Tigers finished the year 11-16 overall and 6-10 in the ODAC while reaching the conference quarterfinals. This season, the Tigers return nine players from last year's team, including two of the top five scorers in Malik Crute and Gui Guimarães.
Through six games, the Tigers have shown a good balance with four players averaging at least nine points-per-game. Sophomore Kevin Quinn leads the way with 10.2 points-per-game, while freshman Will Sparks adds 9.8. Senior Nick Chase and junior Malik Crute round out the top four with 9.0 points-per-game each. Senior Hunter Kuehn and freshman Raheem Anthony have also been productive scoeres with a combing 16.6 points-per-game.
As a team, the Tigers score 69.2 points-per-game and shoot 39.5 percent from the floor, 27.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 69.5 percent from the charity stripe. The team also snare 34.8 rebounds-per-game and dish out 12.2 assists-per-game to 17.0 turnovers.
Tenth year head coach Dee Vick returns to helm after guiding the Tigers to the ODAC Quarterfinals last season.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE TIGERS
Hampden-Sydney fell 92-62 at Washington & Lee in the team's ODAC opener. The Generals raced out to a big lead which they were able to maintain throughout.
Malik Crute led the way for the Tigers with 14 points, five steals, four assists, and three rebounds. Nick Chase and Raheem Anthony each scored nine, and Will Sparks and Jake Furrow added eight a piece.
Washington & Lee was paced by Clayton Murtha's double-double of 17 points and ten rebounds. Devin Kearns and Alex Starr added 16 and 12 points, respectively.
The Generals dominated the boards with 51 rebounds - including 13 on the offensive end - to Hampden-Sydney's 32.
As a team, the Tigers shot 24-of-63 (.381) from the floor, 3-of-13 (.231) from three, and 16-of-21 (.762) from the foul line.
Washington & Lee was 31-of-69 (.449) from the floor, 10-of-25 (.400) from deep, and 20-of-27 (.741) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME OUT FOR EASTERN MENNONITE
Eastern Mennonite improved to 2-2 on the young season with a 98-83 win over Hood in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Royals took a 46-39 lead into halftime and proceeded to outscore Hood 52-44 in the second half.
The Royals were led by ReShawn Latimer's game-high 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Isaiah Harris-Winn and Jerome Jones each scored 18 to go with a combined 17 rebounds, and Maleke Jones scored 13.
Hood was paced by Nathaniel Christian's 18 points off the bench, and Luke Casey and Daniel Wegener each scored 13.
As a team, the Royals shot 37-of-72 (.514) from the floor, 10-of-25 (.400) from three, and 14-of-23 (.609) from the foul line.
Hood was 31-of-74 (.419) from the floor, 3-of-20 (.150) from deep, and 18-of-32 (.563) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Hampden-Sydney fell 74-68 to Eastern Mennonite in Fleet Gymnasium on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Jake Duncan and Gui Guimarães each led the Tigers with 14 points, while JaVonte Reddick added 13.
Hunter Kuehn added eight points off the bench on a perfect 4-4 shooting.
Eastern Mennonite was led by Isaiah Harris-Winn's 18 points. Jerome Jones added 15, and Khalil Davis scored 13.
As a team, the Tigers shot 24-of-53 (.453) from the floor, 7-of-22 (.318) from three, and 13-of-24 (.542) from the foul line.
Eastern Mennonite was 22-of-49 (.449) from the floor, 10-of-24 (.417) from deep, and 20-of-28 (.714) from the free throw line.