FERRUM, Va. -- Freshman Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C. scored a career-high 18 points off the bench with six second-half three-point field goals, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a 73-69 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball decision on the road at Ferrum Collegeon Wednesday night in Ferrum. Classmate Morgan McKay/Banner Elk, N.C. added a career-high 13 points off the bench for the visiting Tigers (4-12, 1-8 ODAC), who rallied from a 43-32 halftime deficit. Nick Helton scored a game-high 20 points for the host Panthers (4-15, 3-7 ODAC), while Marcus Huff added 15 points.
H-SC led 14-11 at 14:30 after a three-pointer by junior Kevin Quinn/Durham, N.C., but Ferrum used an 18-4 run to lead 29-18 with 6:44 left in the opening half. The Tigers and Panthers played evenly to the first-half horn, as the visitors trailed 43-32 at the intermission.
Ferrum extended its advantage to 51-36 at 16:23, and the Panthers led 56-42 with 9:06 remaining. H-SC, however, refused to go away and the Tigers battled back to within 56-51 at 5:59 as Atwood came off the bench to nail four three-pointers during a span of 5:37. The hosts were able to extend the margin to 70-60 with 1:26 on the clock, but the visitors stormed back once-again, closing to within 71-69 with 22-seconds left after Atwood's sixth three-pointer of half. Ferrum, though, was able to secure its victory with a pair of late free throws.
Atwood led H-SC with his career-high 18 points off the bench, making 6-13 three-pointers in 18 minutes for his second consecutive career-high scoring effort after tallying 17 points against Emory & Henry (Jan. 19). McKay finished with his career-high 13 points off the bench for the Tigers, making 6-7 field goals and adding six rebounds. Sophomore Jake Hahn/Ruckersville added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Quinn and junior Chaise Johnson/Richmond each contributed eight points. Sophomore Brendan McHale/Charleston, S.C. had four points, a career-high and game-high 10 rebounds as well as a game-high seven assists. H-SC shot 41% (25-61) from the field, including 42% (13-31) on three-pointers, and 100% (6-6) at the free throw line.
Helton led Ferrum with his game-high 20 points, adding five rebounds and five assists. Huff finished with 15 points for the Panthers, adding five rebounds and four steals, while Marcus Plair had 11 points and seven rebounds. FC shot 43% (26-60) from the field, including 35% (13-37) on three-pointers, and 57% (8-14) at the line.
H-SC will return home to host ODAC member Bridgewater College on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium.