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Tigers Host Randolph on Wednesday Night

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Preview | Game 22
Hampden-Sydney (5-16, 2-10 ODAC) vs. Randolph (5-16, 2-10 ODAC)
Wednesday, February 7 | 7:00 pm | S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium
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TIGERS HOST RANDOLPH WEDNESDAY EVENING

The Hampden-Sydney Tigers return home to face the WildCats of Randolph College in Wednesday night ODAC action. The two teams currently have identical records, and this will be the only meeting between the two this year. Hampden-Sydney and Randolph squared off twice last season with the road team winning each game. The Tigers took a 69-63 decision at Randolph, and the WildCats returned the favor with a 63-62 win in Fleet Gymnasium after Reid Jacoby hit the game winner with seven seconds to play. 

Hampden-Sydney will play three out of the final four games of the regular season at home, hosting Randolph-Macon and Roanoke next week. 

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 21 games, the Tigers have shown a good balance with five players averaging at least eight points-per-game. Junior Malik Crute lead the way with 14.2 points-per-game while Kevin Quinn is adding 11.5. Senior big men Hunter Kuehn and Nick Chase round out the top four with 9.7 and 9.1 points-per-game, respectively. Chaise Johnson has come on strong the second half of the season, averaging 8.8 points-per-game in his 12 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 70.4 points-per-game and shoot 43.6 percent from the floor, 33.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 71.5 percent from the charity stripe. The team also snares 33.2 rebounds-per-game and dish out 14.2 assists-per-game to 16.1 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 72-60 at Eastern Mennonite on Saturday afternoon. It was a two-point game at the half, but the Royals pulled away in the second half to split the season series.

Malik Crute led the way for the Tigers with 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Chaise Johnson and Hunter Kuehn added ten and nine points, respectively.

Maleke Jones and Travis Clower of Eastern Mennonite led all scorers with 17 points, and Isaiah Harris-Winn nearly had a double-double with nine points and ten rebounds.

As a team, the Tigers shot 24-of-51 (.471) from the floor, 4-of-13 (.308) from three, and 8-of-16 (.500) from the foul line.

Eastern Mennonite was 25-of-64 (.391) from the floor, 8-of-31 (.258) from deep, and 14-of-19 (.737) from the free throw line. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR RANDOLPH

Randolph snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday with a 73-60 win over Bridgewater. The Eagles made a comeback in the second half, but could not overcome its 37-23 halftime deficit. 

Ryan Fields led all scorers with 24 points while adding five rebounds and three assists. Sammy Hooper and Brian Smith scored 18 and 11 points, respectively, while combining for 16 rebounds, eight assists, and two blocks. 

Bridgewater was led by Dimetri Chambers' 12 points, and had a balanced scoring effort with five other players scoring at least seven points. 

As a team, the WildCats shot 26-of-53 (.491) from the floor, 7-of-19 (.368) from three, and 14-of-17 (.824) from the foul line.

Bridgewater was 22-of-50 (.440) from the floor, 6-of-22 (.273) from deep, and 10-of-18 (.556) from the free throw line. 

LAST TIME THEY MET

Hampden-Sydney fell 63-62 in Fleet Gymnasium on January 25, 2017. The Tigers were able to erase a 28-23 halftime deficit, but fell just short on a missed free throw that would have tied the game with 0.8 seconds left.  

JaVonte Reddick led the way for the Tigers with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Malik Crute scored ten to go with eight rebounds while Josh Katowitz and Logan Samuels each had double-doubles off the bench. Katowitz scored 11 to go with ten boards, and Samuels added ten points and 11 assists.

Randolph's Reid Jacoby led all scorers with 22 points, while Jeremiah Davis added 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.  

As a team, the Tigers shot 23-of-51 (.451) from the floor, 7-of-21 (.333) from three, and 9-of-20 (.450) from the foul line.

Randolph was 21-of-54 (.389) from the floor, 4-of-15 (.267) from deep, and 17-of-27 (.630) from the free throw line. 

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