Tigers Host Panthers
Sunday will mark the return to The Hill for former Hampden-Sydney assistant Tyler Sanborn, currently in his second year as the head coach for the Ferrum Panthers as well as former Tiger player Patrick Corrigan '13, currently a Panther assistant. Additionally, assistant coach Jordan Mann is the brother of Tiger soccer student-athlete Jacob Mann. This will also be H-SC's first ODAC matchup with Ferrum after the Panthers left the USA South Athletic Conference to join the ODAC this year.
H-SC games this year have seen little late-game drama as six of the seven have been decided by double digits with four of the six having margins of 20+. The only game that came down to the last few seconds was the season opener at Averett, where the Tigers won by four.
After struggling to shoot effectively in the first five games of the season, the Tigers have found their stride, shooting 56.9% and 47.1% overall in the last two games. However, the three-point game regressed on Wednesday to 3-13 (23.1%) after breaking out for an 11-21 (52.4%) mark this past weekend.
Jake Hahn is having a career year in his sophomore campaign, averaging 10.0 points in 15 minutes a game. He is converting 65.9% of his field goal attempts, good for fourth in the league. His 26.7 points per 40 minutes ranks second in the ODAC. In three ODAC games, he is pouring in 14.3 points on a league-best 78.3% field goal shooting.
Looking at Ferrum
The Panthers have struggled mightily this year with a 1-8 overall record and an 0-3 mark in ODAC play. Their lone victory was a 69-67 win at home over Averett, and they also lost on a buzzer-beating three at Berry, 77-74. Of their eight losses, six have been by double digits.
A bright spot for Ferrum has been the play of guard Marcus Huff. He ranks third in the conference in scoring at 17.9 points a game and has been one of the most efficient scorers in the league, checking in with a 48.7% field goal percentage while converting 43.4% of his three point attempts for 13th. He also leads the league in three pointers made with 33, but he has only attempted 20 free throws on the year.
Despite the strong play of Huff, Ferrum ranks last in the league in points per game at just 61.9 an outing. They do rank second in the ODAC in three pointers made per game at 9.7, but they are making only 32.1% of their three point tries, good for just ninth out of 13. Ferrum also finds themselves at the bottom of the league ranks in free throws made (6.7), free throws attempted (11.2), and opponents field goal percentage (48.9%). Additionally, they rank in the bottom three in field goal percentage (40.5%), free throw percentage (59.4%), rebounds per game (21.0), rebounding margin per game (-8.2), steals per game (5.0), blocks per game (1.8), and opponents three point percentage (34.9%)
Last Time Out for the Tigers
Randolph-Macon led by just five at the half, 38-33, against Hampden-Sydney Basketball but pulled away for a 92-71 win on Wednesday night.
Randolph-Macon scored the first 10 points of the game in less than two minutes and led 17-2 after five minutes of play. Chaise Johnson proceeded to will the Tigers back into the game as he went on a personal 13-3 run to trim the deficit down to just five, 20-15, at 12:15.
The Tiger defense locked in with other players getting involved offensively, and H-SC trimmed the deficit down to 22-20 at 9:13. Randolph-Macon would lead for the rest of the half but by no more than seven at any point with the Tigers going into halftime trailing 38-33.
The Yellow Jackets opened the second half scoring 12 of the first 16 points to jump ahead 50-37 at 16:29. They would lead by double digits the remainder of the game.
Justin Reid contributed 14 points with three boards. Chaise Johnson scored a team-high 14 points to go with three rebounds and three assists. Jake Hahn recorded 13 points and added a team-high four assists off the bench.
Despite H-SC only having two more turnovers (15-13), R-MC led 31-16 in points off turnovers. The Yellow Jackets were 10-27 (37%) from three range compared to a 3-13 (23.1%) mark for the Tigers.
Last Time They Met
Harrison George scored a game-high 26 points while helping the Tigers to an 81-72 win over Ferrum on December 3, 2011.
Down 16-8, the Panthers stormed back with a 7-0 run to make it a 16-15 game at the 11:41 mark. Ru White ended the drought with a lay up. Minutes later, back-to-back lay ups from George and Cam Anderson put the Tigers up 26-17.
After King cut the game to seven, Ben Jessee gave the Tigers their first double-digit lead with a three pointer. Ward and Lewis hit triples of their own to put the Tigers up 37-21 with just under five minutes in the first half. Ferrum was able to end the half on a 6-2 run to cut its deficit to 39-27 at intermission.
After several traded baskets, Khobi Williamson was able to connect on two foul shots to push the lead to 16 with 15 minutes to play. At the 11:06 mark, Cam Anderson put the Tigers up 57-42, but consecutive lay ups from Ferrum brought the lead back to 11 at 57-46.
Leon Hargrove later pushed it back to 16, but a three from Daryl Hart and lay up from Lamont King put the Panthers within 12 at 65-53. A lay up and free throw from George, however, quickly pushed it back to a 15 point game. Ferrum slowly crept back in the game, and a jumper from Marcus Mayo at the 3:20 mark made it a 10 point game at 75-65. A minute and a half later, the Panthers were within single digits at 77-68.
George later pushed it back to 11 with a lay up with under a minute to go and hit a three to make it eight, but it was not enough with 12 seconds remaining.