HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College will open the 2019 portion of its basketball schedule on the road with a non-conference game at Hood College on Wednesday, January 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Frederick, Maryland. The Tigers are 4-6 overall, while the Blazers are 7-6 overall and both teams are looking to halt respective four-game losing streaks. The contest will not be broadcast on radio, but is available to follow via video and live stats here.
Scouting the Tigers
Hampden-Sydney is 4-6 overall following a pair of close non-conference losses at the recent D3 Music City Classic in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Tigers dropped a 72-64 decision to Mount Aloysius (Pa.) on December 29, before dropping a 78-72 decision to MacMurray (Ill.) on Dec. 30. H-SC is coached by 11th-year head coach Dee Vick '94, who has led the program to an overall record of 156-126 during his tenure. Vick is assisted by Chuck Thomas, T.J. Grimes '00 and Daniel Eacho.
The Tigers have been led by junior guard Chaise Johnson/Richmond, who is averaging 12.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He is followed by senior guard Malik Crute/Richmond (10.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.2 steals), junior guard/forward Kevin Quinn/Durham, N.C. (9.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals), freshman forward Warren Zager/Nashville, Tenn. (9.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals), sophomore center/forward Jake Hahn/Ruckersville (8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds) and senior forward Justin Reid/Cary, N.C. (7.2 points, 3.0 rebounds). Hahn ranks third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in field goal percentage (60.7%, 34-56), and Crute ranks fifth in steals (2.2). The Tigers are averaging 71.0 points per game, while allowing 75.8 points to opponents.
Scouting the Blazers
Hood is 7-6 overall and coached by fourth-year head coach Chad Dickman. The Blazers have been led by sophomore guard Mason Wang (18.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.3 steals), junior guard Michael Riley (12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds) and sophomore guard Evan Wang (10.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists). Hood averages 78.8 points, while yielding 80.9 points. The Blazers are 0-1 this season against ODAC opponents … falling to Randolph-Macon (91-61), and Hood also dropped an exhibition contest to NCAA Division I UMBC (86-65), who is coach by Hampden-Sydney alumnus Ryan Odom '96.
Hampden-Sydney and Hood are playing for just the second time in the sport of basketball. The Tigers defeated the Blazers 68-65 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on March 2, 2007 at Virginia Wesleyan in Norfolk.
Hampden-Sydney Adds Two Newcomers
Hampden-Sydney has added two freshmen transfers to the program, including forward Morgan McKay/Banner Elk, N.C. and guard Tyler Thomas/Farmville. McKay is a transfer student-athlete from Division I Arkansas State University, and Thomas is a transfer student-athlete from ODAC member Guilford. McKay (6-8) played in one game for the Red Wolves (2.0 points), and Thomas (6-1) played in five games for the Quakers (1.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists). Tyler is the son of H-SC assistant coach Chuck Thomas, and scored over 1,000 career points at the nearby Fuqua School in Farmville.
Hampden-Sydney will remain on the road to play at ODAC opponent Eastern Mennonite in Harrisonburg on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 4:30 p.m. The Tigers return home to host ODAC member Washington and Lee at S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m.