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Tigers Head North to Face Shenandoah

Warren Zager
Warren Zager

Hampden-Sydney (3-2, 0-1 ODAC)
at Shenandoah University (2-3, 0-1)
December 1, 2018 • 2 pm
Winchester, VA • James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center
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Tigers Head North to Face Shenandoah

The Tigers start a three-game stretch of ODAC games before they end into fall exams when they travel to Shenandoah University on Saturday for a 2 pm game. The contest will be a V Foundation Game to raise funds to help with research to end the fight against cancer.

 

About Hampden-Sydney

Hampden-Sydney has thus far followed up each win with a loss and will be looking to get their first win streak of the year with a victory against the Hornets. The Tigers will be aided by the return of Malik Crute, a third-team All-ODAC player from last year, as he appeared in his first regular season contest of the year on Tuesday against Regent.

Several of the Tiger freshmen got a chance to shine and state their case for more playing time against Regent, particularly Cole Atwood and Jack Wyatt. In only seven minutes of action, Atwood contributed nine points, four rebounds, two assists, and one block and played with an infectious level of energy and hustle. Wyatt poured in with 11 points in 14 minutes as he shot 5-8 from the field.

 

Looking at Shenandoah

Shenandoah has started this year with a 2-3 record. They dropped an 88-70 decision to future Tiger opponent Mount Aloysius and followed with consecutive wins over St. Mary's and Elizabethtown. However, they have lost the last two games, one to Emory & Henry by 28 and the other by 13 to #22 Christopher Newport. 

Offensive efficiency has been a struggle for the Hornets this year. While they are averaging 75.4 points a game, they are shooting just 40.1% overall, 29.2% from beyond the arc, and 54.5% on the free throw line. They also are giving away the ball 14.8 times a game and have recorded assists on only  40.6% of their made field goals. Meanwhile, they are giving up 82.4 points an outing and allowing opponents to shoot 45.8% from the field and 36.8% on three pointers but are forcing a bevy of turnovers at 17.8 per contest. 

Christopher Chaney paces the Hornets with 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He has struggled with his efficiency metrics, shooting just 40.9% overall, 23.1% from three on 13 attempts, and is 12-20 at the foul line. Jaylen Williams follows next at 11.6 points and 5.2 boards while shooting 45.1% from the floor and 35.7% from three range, but he is only 7-15 from the charity stripe. Jalyn Jarrett checks in at 10 points a game with team-highs of 14 assists and 13 steals. He is converting only 38.3% of his field goal attempts and 21.4% from the three point line on 14 attempts. Alan Dabney comes in averaging 9.0 points an outing but struggles to convert baskets with a 33.3% field goal percentage, but he ranks first on the team in three pointers made with seven at a 35.0% rate.

 

Last Time Out for the Tigers

Hampden-Sydney Basketball outscored the Regent University Royals 44-17 in the second half to win 74-50 on Tuesday night. 

Scoring came at a premium in the first half as cold shooting and a strong defensive performance from the Tigers keep the score low and the game close for most of the half. Regent went without a made field goal for the first six minutes of the game, finally getting one to go in at 13:43, but H-SC had just six points. The game was played within a margin of 1-6 with the Tigers leading 21-20 at 4:54, but Hampden-Sydney closed out the half on a strong note with a 9-2 run to go into the half ahead 30-23.

H-SC scored the first eight points of the second half to break open the game and held the Royals without a point over the first 5:08 of the frame. H-SC would lead by double digits the remainder of the half, seeing the lead balloon to as many as 34.

Cole Atwood contributed nine points, four rebounds, two assists, and one block in seven minutes of action as a reserve. He shot 3-5 from the floor and 2-4 from the three point line. Kevin Quinn posted team-highs of 13 points and eight rebounds. Chaise Johnson and Jack Wyatt tallied 11 points. Warren Zager posted six points, eight rebounds, three steals, and one assist.

 

Last Time They Met

Malik Crute nailed a foot-on-the-line jumper from the top of the key with only 1.9 seconds remaining to lift H-SC to a 67-65 win over Shenandoah on January 27, 2018.

H-SC started out cold from the field and found themselves down 10-2 without a made field goal after four minutes of play. Chaise Johnson would drain a three pointer on the next possession and followed with a layup off a turnover to spark the Tigers. Trailing 15-11 after seven minutes, H-SC made a layup and connected on back-to-back trifectas to go in front 19-15 at 11:29. 

Up four following a Brendan McHale triple, Shenandoah found the bottom of the net on consecutive threes and scored on a layup to give the Hornets a four-point advantage at 5:06. Hunter Kuehn would eventually tie the game on a three-point play at 45 seconds, and both teams went scoreless the rest of the half to make it a 32-32 game heading into halftime.

Nick Chase and Jake Hahn scored the first six points of the half to push the Tigers out to a 38-32 lead, but that would prove to be the largest lead either team would have the rest of the day in a back-and-forth game that saw 11 ties and 10 lead changes with Shenandoah leading by one at the 8:42 mark.

With H-SC down 63-61 at 1:34 after an Aaron Patterson layup, Kuehn tied the game on a hook shot from the baseline at 1:07, but Christopher Chaney managed to tip in a missed shot with 53 seconds left.

Crute was fouled on a layup attempt and made both free throws to tie the game at the 40-second mark. The Hornets would turnover the ball on the ensuing possession Following a timeout with 8.0 seconds to play, Crute drained the game-winning jumper. Shenandoah got off a deep three-pointer off the buzzer that rolled off the rim and out.

Malik Crute scored 16 points with four rebounds, two assists, and a block. He shot 6-9 from the floor and 2-4 from three. Brendan McHale posted five points, seven assists, five boards, and three steals. Chaise Johnson contributed 10 points.

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