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Tigers Look for Season Sweep of EMU

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Preview | Game 21
Hampden-Sydney (5-15, 2-9 ODAC) vs. Eastern Mennonite (8-11, 3-8 ODAC)
Saturday, February 3 | 2:00 pm | Yoder Arena
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TIGERS LOOK FOR SEASON SWEEP OF EMU

The Hampden-Sydney Tigers will travel to Yoder Arena to face Eastern Mennonite for the second time this season after the Tigers downed the Royals 80-73 in Fleet Gymnasium in November. The teams are separated by only one game in the conference standings, giving this game big implications towards ODAC Tournament seeding. 

Both teams are looking to return to the win column as the Tigers fell 80-64 at Guilford in their last outing and the Royals dropped a 71-65 decision at Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday. 

Following Saturday's game, the Tigers will close out the regular season with three of their last four games at home. 

ABOUT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY

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 eight players from last year's team while adding eight new faces.

Through 20 games, the Tigers have shown a good balance with five players averaging at least eight points-per-game. Sophomore Malik Crute lead the way with 14.3 points-per-game while Kevin Quinn is adding 11.7. Senior big men Hunter Kuehn and Nick Chase round out the top four with 9.7 and 9.5 points-per-game, respectively. Chaise Johnson has come on strong the second half of the season, averaging 8.7 points-per-game in his 11 appearances. 

Brendan McHale helps the offense go, averaging 4.3 assists-per-game, which is eighth in the ODAC.

As a team, the Tigers score 71.0 points-per-game and shoot 43.5 percent from the floor, 33.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 72.6 percent from the charity stripe. The team also snares 33.4 rebounds-per-game and dish out 14.2 assists-per-game to 16.2 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 80-64 at Guilford on Wednesday in the only meeting between the two teams this season.

Kevin Quinn scored a game-high 16 points while connecting on four of his eight three point attempts. Guilherme Guimaraes scored nine while Malik Crute and Nick Chase each added eight points.

Marcus Curry scored 16 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds to lead the Quakers. Carson Long and Alston Thompson added 13 and 12, respectively.

As a team, the Tigers shot 22-of-55 (.417) from the floor, 7-of-25 (.280) from three, and 10-of-11 (.909) from the foul line.

Shenandoah was 24-of-61 (.393) from the floor, 10-of-29 (.345) from deep, and 7-of-8 (.875) from the free throw line. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR EASTERN MENNONITE

Eastern Mennonite dropped to 8-11 on the season and 3-8 in conference play after falling 71-65 at Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday evening. 

RaShawn Latimer led all scorers with 20 points, while Maleke Jones and Isaiah Harris-Winn scored 13 and 11, respectively, for the Royals. Sammy Thomas added a double-double of ten points and 12 rebounds, and D.J. Hill and Travis Clower were the only bench players to score, combining for seven points.  

Virginia Wesleyan was led by Lamont Steward's 19 points off the bench. Three other Marlins scored in double figures, including Percy Burt with 15.

As a team, the Royals shot 25-of-64 (.391) from the floor, 8-of-27 (.296) from three, and 7-of-12 (.583) from the foul line.

Virginia Wesleyan was 25-of-56 (.446) from the floor, 8-of-17 (.471) from deep, and 13-of-19 (.684) from the free throw line. 

LAST TIME THEY MET

Hampden-Sydney earned its first ODAC win of the season with an 80-73 victory over Eastern Mennonite in Fleet Gymnasium. 

Malik Crute led the way for the Tigers with 21 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Kevin Quinn scored 18 while Hunter Kuehn and Nick Chase added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Kuehn also added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two assists.

Eastern Mennonite was paced by Isaiah Harris-Winn's game-high 22 points. Maleke Jones and Travis Clower each added 15.  

Hampden-Sydney won the battle of the boards with 35 to Eastern Mennonite's 34, but the Tigers turned it over 19 times to Eastern Mennonite's 15.

As a team, the Tigers shot 29-of-54 (.537) from the floor, 10-of-21 (.476) from three, and 12-of-14 (.857) from the foul line.

Eastern Mennonite was 27-of-68 (.397) from the floor, 11-of-34 (.324) from deep, and 8-of-11 (.727) from the free throw line. 

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