Hampden-Sydney (1-0, 0-0 ODAC)
vs. William Peace (0-2, 0-0 USA South)
November 18, 2018 • 2 pm
Hampden-Sydney, VA • S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium
Tigers Welcome William Peace for Home Opener
The Tigers will battle the William Peace University Pacers for the fifth consecutive season on Sunday at 2 pm. Hampden-Sydney is 3-2 against them in the last four seasons. H-SC won three of the first four but succumbed 89-70 on the road last season. The Pacers will let it fly from three point range as over 48% of their field goal attempts last year were from beyond the arc and the bevy of long-range bombs has continued thus far thru two games.
Hampden-Sydney opened the season on Thursday in a game delayed from Wednesday but the Tigers would go on to defeat Averett 68-64 on the road. The Tigers struggled offensively in the first half at 39% shooting and 12 turnovers and allowed Averett to shoot 52% in the first half. However, in the second half, they converted at a 47% rate overall, including a sizzling 13-20 (65) mark inside the arc, and played gritty defense to limit Averett to a 32% shooting performance with 12 turnovers and just 29 points.
The Tigers are a young squad but feature four seasoned veterans, three of which received a starting nod and made big plays on both ends of the court to help guide H-SC to victory. Kevin Quinn led the team in scoring with 18, Chaise Johnson contributed nine points in the second half along with four assists, and Justin Reid added nine points and five rebounds.
Several sophomores made an impact as well with Drew Scott drawing a start and 29 minutes. He posted eight points and a team-high six rebounds. Brendan McHale and Jake Hahn each saw 15 minutes of action off the bench with Hahn scoring six points and McHale dishing out a team-high five assists. Additionally, Jake Furrow received eight minutes of action, scoring two points.
Several members of a talented freshman class saw their number called for action. Warren Zager started and played 25 minutes, contributing eight points, five rebounds, and two steals. Starke Salmons was on the court for 14 minutes and made one three pointer. Cole Atwood and Riley Wolgamott combined for five points in seven minutes.
Looking at William Peace
The Pacers start out the year with four games against ODAC teams with the Tigers being the third of four. They lost the first one 85-75 to Washington and Lee and dropped the second one to Randolph College by a score of 84-73.
The Pacers have struggled on both ends of the court as they have shot just 33.8% overall and 28.6% from three on 31.5 three point tries a game. They have also recorded 17 turnovers a contest.
Defensively, opponents are shooting 46.7% from the floor while making 11.5 triples at a 41.1% clip. However, the Pacers have had success in forcing turnovers as W&L and Randolph averaged 21.5 turnovers.
Tyson Sellers leads the team in scoring at 18 points with eight made three pointers and seven steals. Trey Bryan checks in with 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds. He has thrived on the offensive glass with 13 offensive rebounds compared to only nine on the defensive end. Gupton Smith is the only other William Peace player to have made more than two three pointers but has needed 14 attempts to make just four.
Last Time Out for the Tigers
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 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
Last Time They Met
William Peace defeated Hampden-Sydney 89-70 on November 20, 2017.
William Peace scored 15 of the game's first 17 points after five minutes of play and pushed their lead out to as much as 19, 31-12, in the first half. The Tigers went on a 16-4 run over the final seven minutes to trim the deficit down to 35-28 at halftime. The Pacers scored the first five points of the second half to go back up by 12 and would lead by double digits the rest of the contest.
Kevin Quinn scored 20 points as he shot 7-13 overall and 4-9 from three range. Raheem Anthony tallied 12 points and five rebounds. Hunter Kuehn scored nine to go with five boards, three assists, and a block.
Trey Bryant led William Peace with a 15-point, 12-rebound double double. Samuel Arnold posted 14 points and eight boards in 17 minutes. Paul Dunlap contributed 11 points and six rebounds. John Burwell tacked on nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.