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Tigers Open Season With Victory at Averett

Kevin Quinn

Hampden-Sydney Basketball bounced back from a three-point halftime deficit to defeat Averett University 68-64 in the Tigers season opener on Thursday night.

THE BASICS

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Tiger offense was clicking in the early going and they led 21-12 with 10:25 to play in the first half
  • Shooting went cold from there as the Tigers didn't make another field goal until 6:55, but the defense kept them in the game and they remained up 25-20 following the Justin Reid layup
  • Up 30-27 with two minutes to go, Averett went on an 8-0 spurt to go up 35-30 with 12 seconds to play, but Brendan McHale found Jake Hahn for a layup at the buzzer to cut the deficit to three and give H-SC some momentum heading into halftime
  • The game proved to be closely contested all throughout the second half with neither team leading by more than four points along with numerous ties and lead changes
  • Trailing 61-58 with 6:55 on the clock, H-SC took the lead a minute later behind layups from Justin Reid and Drew Scott
  • With a four-point advantage, 67-63, at 2:34, Drew Scott saw a corner three that would have nearly iced the game at 1:53 go nearly all the way in before rolling out, but H-SC got a defensive stop on the Cougar's next possession and called a timeout with 1:24 to play
  • H-SC came up empty on the possession, then they committed a foul on the other end, but Vince Contreras made just one of two to make it a 67-64 contest with 56 seconds remaining
  • The Tigers secured the defensive rebound but was not able to get a score, but they forced a missed jumper from Harrison Cochrane and got the defensive rebound
  • Averett was forced to foul with only 9.8 on the clock and Chaise Johnson made the critical first attempt in the one-and-one bonus to push the lead to four but would miss the second
  • Averett managed to hoist up two three pointers on its final possession with the last one getting partially blocked and coming up several feet short

TIGER TOP PERFORMERS

  • Kevin Quinn netted a team-high 18 points to go with four rebounds and two steals
  • Chaise Johnson added nine points, all in the second half, with four assists, and three boards
  • Justin Reid pitched in with nine points and five rebounds
  • Drew Scott accounted for eight points and six caroms
  • Warren Zager notched eight points, five rebounds, and two steals

FOR THE FOES

  • Harrison Cochrane led all scorers with 19 points and also had seven rebounds and three steals
  • Vince Contreras posted 13 points and four rebounds
  • Isaiah Jones grabbed 12 boards
  • Keshawn Lewis scored 11 but had six turnovers

STATS OF THE GAME

  • Both teams shot in the low 40s overall with H-SC at 43.3% and AU at 42.1%
  • Averett held a 44-32 edge on the boards and an 11.0 advantage in second chance points
  • The Tigers led 26-20 in points in the paint

NEXT GAME

  • Hampden-Sydney hosts William Peace on Sunday at 2 pm in H-SC's home opener.
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