The Game Comes to the Hardwood
The Tigers will seek to earn their third-straight win when the #16 Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets come to Hampden-Sydney on Wednesday night.
This Wednesday, you can help make a profound impact and difference in the lives of children, families, and cancer patients locally and around the world as the game will be a V Foundation Cancer Research game as well as a Farmville Jaycees Holiday Toy Drive.
H-SC will be collecting donations for the V Foundation for Cancer Research to aid in their continued search for better treatments and cures for all types of cancers. The foundation has partnered with the ODAC and its member schools to host a V Foundation Cancer Research night for each men's basketball team. All funds raised will go directly to the V Foundation to support cancer research.
Additionally, Farmville Jaycees will be in attendance to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys. All toys will go toward the Prince Edward County Christmas Mother Program. The program's purpose is to provide local families in need of toys, books, and other gift items during the holiday season.
Despite being without the services of 2018 Third-Team All-ODAC player Malik Crute for the first four games of the season, the Tigers have won four of their six games, a two-win improvement over last season's 2-4 mark thru six games.
Warren Zager has emerged as one of the top freshmen and one of the most versatile players in the league as he is capable of playing all five positions. He has started all six games and leads the team in minutes played at 31.0 while leading the team in rebounds (6.0) and steals (2.0) and ranking fourth in scoring at 9.3. Despite starting at center, he has shown off the skill set to play on the perimeter both offensively and defensively while also being able to be a secondary ball handler in a big lineup.
Chaise Johnson leads the team in scoring at 11.6 and is shooting 51.4% from the floor as he has made a living off getting into the paint despite his 5-9, 150-pound stature. He recently dropped in 22 points on nine field goal attempts at Shenandoah and also poured in with 16 points against William Peace.
Looking at Randolph-Macon
Randolph-Macon received zero votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Preseason poll but have quickly emerged as one of the best teams in the country with a 9-0 record and ranked 16th by D3hoops.com. The Yellow Jackets stunned #18 Emory on their home court, 94-74, and just defeated defending ODAC champions Emory & Henry 79-68.
Randolph-Macon boasts the most prolific three-point shooting team in the ODAC as they are averaging 10.9 makes a game on 29.0 attempts. The Jackets feature eight players in their rotation that are threats from the outside with all eight averaging at least 0.8 threes a game, led by 2.6 from Corey Bays. Additionally, four are shooting over 40% from three with three more between 34%-39%.
Buzz Anthony leads the way at 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 2.3 steals. Grayson Midula checks in at 13.9 points, 4.7 boards, and 1.7 steals. Bays rounds out the double-digit scorers at 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds.
Last Time Out for the Tigers
Hampden-Sydney made seven of their eight free throw attempts in the final minute to come away from with an 89-75 ODAC win over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.
With the Tigers trailing 6-5 after 2:06 of play, the Tigers recorded the next nine points and 15 of 17 to lead 20-8 at 13:59 after a Malik Crute three pointer. The Hornets trimmed the deficit to six, 39-33, at 1:32 but H-SC ended the half with a Chaise Johnson three pointer followed by a Kevin Quinn free throw to go into halftime ahead 43-33.
Shenandoah took it to the Tigers to open the second half as H-SC struggled to make shots and protect the ball. After 6:31 of second-half play, the Hornets shaved all but two points off their halftime deficit to trail 51-49 at 13:29.
Still ahead by only two after eight minutes, H-SC went on a 7-0 run in 72 seconds to jump back ahead by nine with 10:30 to play. The Hornets battled back to within five, 65-60, at 4:45, but the Tigers responded with another big run of 10-2 to put H-SC ahead 75-62 with 3:07 left on the clock as Shenandoah trailed by at least nine the rest of the way.
Chaise Johnson scored a game-high 22 points on only nine shots. Warren Zager stuffed the box score with 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Jake Hahn came off the bench to contribute 13 points in 15 minutes. Brendan McHale posted nine points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Drew Scott connected on three shots from beyond the arc to go with four boards.
Last Time They Met
Randolph-Macon topped Hampden-Sydney 67-56 on February 14, 2018.
The Yellow Jackets were on fire from three point range for much of the night. A tightly contested game for much of the first half, the game was tied at 17 with 10:23 to play but R-MC slowly pulled away to lead 34-26 at halftime.
R-MC went up 52-38 with 13 minutes remaining, but the Tigers scored five quick ones to trim the deficit to nine and force a Macon timeout. The visitors built the lead up to 16, 65-49, at 5:38, but the Tigers chipped away at the lead to trail only nine at 3:29. With a chance to make it a two-possession game with just under two minutes to play, a Kevin Quinn three pointer rolled in and out.
The Tigers were able to get a defensive stop on the next R-MC possession but committed a turnover on the inbounds pass at 1:20. From there, Macon was able to close out the game with strong defense.
Malik Crute posted game highs of 24 points and seven rebounds. Hunter Kuehn added six points and seven boards.
Luke Neeley scored 18 points for R-MC, and Darryl Williams contributed 10 points. Buzz Anthony chipped in with seven points, six assists, and five rebounds.