FREDERICK, Md. -- Freshman Morgan McKay/Banner Elk, N.C. posted career-highs of 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a 95-59 non-conference basketball decision on the road at Hood (Md.) College on Wednesday in Frederick, Maryland. Evan Wang scored a game-high 25 points for the Blazers (8-6) against the visiting Tigers (4-7).
Hampden-Sydney took an early 5-2 lead at 16:02 after an opening three-point field goal by junior Kevin Quinn/Durham, N.C. followed by a layup from sophomore Jake Hahn/Ruckersville. The contest was tied at 10-10 when sophomore Drew Scott/Franklin, Tenn. connected on a three-pointer at 13:29, and the Tigers were still within 13-12 at 12:37, courtesy of a jumper by the 6-8 McKay -- a recent transfer from NCAA Division I Arkansas State University. Freshman Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C. knocked down a three-pointer at 9:27 as Hood led just 22-17, however, the Blazers outscored H-SC 29-7 over the final nine minutes of the half to lead 51-24 at the intermission.
Hampden-Sydney trailed 56-30 with 18 minutes left to play after back-to-back jumpers by Quinn, and the score was 59-33 at 15:01 following 3-4 free throws from junior Chaise Johnson/Richmond. Unfortunately, Hood would go on to outscore the Tigers 44-35 in the second half as the visitors could get no closer than 27 points on three occasions … the last at 76-49 with 8:43 remaining when sophomore Brendan McHale/Charleston, S.C. scored on a layup. H-SC was playing its final non-conference game this season.
McKay led Hampden-Sydney with his career-highs of 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench, adding one block in 15 minutes, while playing in just his third game with the program. Atwood finished with eight points for the Tigers, including two three-pointers, while Quinn and freshman Warren Zager/Nashville, Tenn. each contributed seven points with Quinn adding eight rebounds and Zager adding seven rebounds. Hahn had six points and seven rebounds. H-SC shot 32% (21-65) from the field, including 17% (5-29) on three-pointers, and 75% (12-16) at the free throw line.
Wang led Hood with his game-high 25 points, adding a game-high five assists, as well. Tyler Evans finished with 12 points for the Blazers, while Jared Ruiz had 11 points and Keith Claiborne Jr. had 10 points. HC shot 54% (34-63) from the field, including 57% (13-23) on three-pointers, and 50% (14-28) at the line.
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.