HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Junior Chaise Johnson/Richmond scored a career-high and game-high 23 points, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped an 85-80 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball decision to Ferrum College on Saturday afternoon in S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium. Rashad Reed scored 19 points for the visiting Panthers (2-8, 1-3 ODAC), while junior Kevin Quinn/Durham, N.C. added 18 points off the bench for the host Tigers (4-4, 1-3 ODAC).
Hampden-Sydney took an early 7-3 lead at 14:44 after a basket by Johnson and five quick points from senior Malik Crute/Richmond, including a three-point field goal. Ferrum, however, used a 19-6 run to lead 22-13 at 6:58, and the Panthers extended their advantage to 33-19 with just 3:29 left until halftime. The Tigers, though, outscored the visitors 11-8 behind three-pointers from Crute and sophomore Jake Hahn/Ruckersville to trail 41-30 at the intermission.
Ferrum extended its lead back to 50-36 at 16:26 in the second half before Hampden-Sydney used a 15-8 run to close to within 58-51 at 11:12. Johnson sparked the quick outburst with nine points, including a three-pointer. The Tigers were within 61-55 with 8:39 remaining following a pair of free throws each by Hahn and freshman Warren Zager/Nashville, Tenn., but the Panthers put together a quick 13-3 run to lead 74-58 at 4:52. H-SC, however, battled back with a 15-4 run of its own behind eight points from Quinn to close to within 78-73 with 52-seconds remaining. The Tigers were within 81-78 with 17-seconds left after Quinn's fourth three-pointer of the half, but FC made 4-4 free throws to secure the victory.
Johnson led Hampden-Sydney with his career-high and game-high 23 points, including 9-9 free throws. Quinn added 18 points off the bench, making 5-10 three-pointers, while Crute finished with 16 points and a game-high five steals, adding four assists. Zager contributed 11 points and five rebounds for the Tigers. H-SC shot 41% (23-56) from the field, including 40% (10-25) on three-pointers, and 77% (24-31) at the free throw line.
Reed led Ferrum with his 19 points, including 4-8 three-pointers, adding six rebounds. Marcus Huff finished with 18 points, Carrington Young had 15 points, including 10-14 free throws, and Marcus Plair added 14 points for the Panthers. FC shot 46% (25-55) from the field, including 36% (11-31) on three-pointers, and 73% (24-33) at the line.
Hampden-Sydney will be idle for the Christmas holiday break before returning to action December 29-30 with its participation in the Music City Classic in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Tigers will play Mount Aloysius (Pa.) College on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 12 p.m., before facing MacMurray (Ill.) College on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m.