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Tigers Hold Off Johnson & Wales 85-82 in Luck Stone Holiday Classic

Hunter Kuehn
Hunter Kuehn

Hampden-Sydney Basketball held off Johnson & Wales 85-82 in day two action of the Luck Stone Holiday Classic. Bridgewater defeated Buffalo State 92-71 to win the championship. 

THE BASICS

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • H-SC's defense held the Wildcats to zero field goals for nearly five minutes as their first bucket came at 15:23 on an old-fashioned three-point play
  • The Tigers led for much of the first half but were unable to lead but were unable to gain a lead of more than six points as they went into halftime up 44-38
  • Hampden-Sydney opened the second half scoring seven of the first nine to jump out in front 51-40 after two minutes
  • H-SC was ahead by 10 with, 71-61, 7:46 to play, but JWU went on a 13-3 run to tie the game at the 5:30 mark
  • The Tigers responded with back to back jump shots from Hunter Kuehn and Brendan McHale to go ahead 78-74 with 3:51 to play
  • Up 8-76 at 3:24, Brian Hogan-Gary and Matt Madoian scored back-to-back buckets to knot the game at 80-8 with only 1:29 remaining
  • Following a Tiger turnover on their next possession, Hogan-Gary converted an acrobatic reverse layup attempt to take an 82-80 lead with a minute to play
  • McHale found Kevin Quinn for a three pointer on the right wing to take back the lead, 83-80, with 36 seconds left on the clock, and Malik Crute ripped the ball out of the hands of Gary-Hogan with 23 ticks remaining on the clock
  • The Wildcats were forced to foul in the double bonus and McHale calmly drained both free throw attempts to provide H-SC with an 85-82 edge
  • Following the Tigers using their sixth foul and several timeouts from each team, JWU had to settle for a highly contested three at the buzzer that fell far short of the rim to finish the game

TIGER TOP PERFORMERS

  • Hunter Kuehn was named to the All-Classic team. He contributed 20 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. He averaged 16.5, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in the classic.
  • Nick Chase posted 17 points, six rebounds, and three assists
  • Malik Crute scored 11 to go with five boards, three assists, and three steals
  • Brendan McHale handed out nine assists along with eight points, six rebounds, and two steals
  • Jake Hahn added 10 points off the bench

FOR THE FOES

  • Matt Madoian scored 22 points on 26 shots and added five steals, four rebounds, and three assists
  • Brian Hogan-Gary scored 16 to go with nine rebounds and three assists
  • Justin Bullock chipped in with 17 points and five boards
  • Randal Ferdinand contributed 12 points and seven caroms

STATS OF THE GAME

  • H-SC shot 53.7% compared to 39.5% for JWU
  • Both teams struggled from the three point line, but Johnson & Wales made 10 on 32 attempts compared to only four makes on 14 tries for Hampden-Sydney
  • The Tigers had a big advantage on the free throw line, going 23-31 while the Wildcats had only nine attempts, making eight
  • H-SC outscored JWU 42-28 in the paint

NEXT GAME

  • The Tigers head down to Tampa Bay, FL to participate in the Tampa Bay Shootout on December 29-30. The Tigers faceoff vs. DePauw on the 29 at 5 pm
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