GALLATIN, Tenn. -- Freshman Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C. scored a career-high 11 points off the bench, all in the second half, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a 78-72 non-conference basketball decision to MacMurray (Ill.) College on Sunday at the D3 Music City Classic in Gallatin, Tennessee. Wade Fox posted game-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Highlanders (4-7) against the Tigers (4-6).
Hampden-Sydney fell behind 6-0 early before using a 9-3 run to tie the contest at 9-9 with 14:11 on the clock. Senior Malik Crute/Richmond scored five quick points, including a three-point field goal, while junior Kevin Quinn/Durham, N.C. added a three-pointer, as well. The Tigers extended the run to 21-11 to lead 21-17 at 8:20, getting two three-pointers from sophomore Drew Scott/Franklin, Tenn. MacMurray scored six unanswered points to go ahead 23-21 at 5:40, but H-SC outscored the Highlanders 6-4 to close the half, as the two teams were tied at 27-27 at the intermission. Crute scored seven first-half points, while Scott added the six points on his two treys.
Hampden-Sydney led 31-30 early in the second half at 18:04 after a layup by senior Justin Reid/Cary, N.C. MacMurray, however, scored nine unanswered points during an 18-4 run to go ahead 48-35 with 11:53 on the clock. The Tigers battled back to within 52-44 at 10:02 following a three-pointer from Scott, but the Highlanders used a 10-3 run to take their largest lead at 62-47 with 5:43 remaining. H-SC continued to battle down the stretch behind a trio of three-pointers by Atwood, but could get no closer than four points (76-72) during the final seconds, as MC made 14-18 free throws.
Atwood led Hampden-Sydney with his career-high 11 points off the bench, all scored during the final 5:08, making 3-4 three-pointers and 2-2 free throws. Crute, Scott (3-5 three-pointers) and freshman Warren Zager/Nashville, Tenn. each finished with nine points for the Tigers, with Zager adding a team-high eight rebounds and Scott contributing six rebounds and four assists. Junior Chaise Johnson/Richmond, sophomore Jake Hahn/Ruckersville and freshman Jack Wyatt/Richmond each had eight points. H-SC shot 39% (23-59) from the field, including 40% (8-20) on three-pointers, and 69% (18-26) at the free throw line.
Fox led MacMurray with his game-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Derek Bourke and Drew Burwinkel each finished with 15 points for the Highlanders. MC shot 46% (25-55) from the field, including 31% (5-16) on three-pointers, and 79% (23-29) at the line … the difference in the game.
Hampden-Sydney will remain on the road to play at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland on Wednesday, January 2, at 4:30 p.m., before playing at ODAC opponent Eastern Mennonite in Harrisonburg on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 4:30 p.m.