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Hampden-Sydney Hosting Virginia Wesleyan Wednesday Night

Tyler Thomas
Tyler Thomas

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College is hosting Virginia Wesleyan University for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball game on Wednesday night, January 30, at 7 p.m. in S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium.  The Tigers are 4-13 overall, 1-9 in the ODAC, while the Marlins are 9-11 overall, 7-4 in the ODAC.  The contest can be heard locally on WFLO Radio, 95.7 FM.

Hampden-Sydney (4-13, 1-9 ODAC)
vs. Virginia Wesleyan (9-11, 7-4 ODAC) | GAME NOTES (PDF) | LIVE STATS | AUDIO | VIDEO
Location: S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium | Hampden-Sydney, Va.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Radio: Cannon Watson (play-by-play), Walker Carter
Series History: H-SC leads 33-32

Scouting the Tigers
H-SC suffered a 79-72 home setback to conference member Bridgewater College on Jan. 26.  Junior guard Chaise Johnson/Richmond led the Tigers with 16 points, adding three rebounds, three assists and two steals.  H-SC is coached by 11th-year head coach Dee Vick '94, who has led the program to an overall record of 156-133 during his tenure (tied for second all-time), including 81-89 in the ODAC.  Vick is assisted by Chuck Thomas, T.J. Grimes and Daniel Eacho.       

H-SC has dropped an uncharacteristic 11 consecutive contests, including six-straight ODAC games.  The Tigers have been led this season by Chaise Johnson, who is averaging 10.8 points and 2.9 rebounds.  He is followed by junior guard/forward Kevin Quinn/Durham, N.C. (10.1 points, 3.2 rebounds), freshman forward Warren Zager/Nashville, Tenn. (9.1 points, 6.0 rebounds), sophomore center/forward Jake Hahn/Ruckersville (8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds) along with senior forward and team captain Justin Reid/Cary, N.C. (6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds).  H-SC is averaging 69.2 points per game, while allowing 78.8 points to opponents. 

Scouting the Marlins
VWU took a 66-56 home win past league member Roanoke College on Jan. 26.  The Marlins are coached by 19th-year head coach Dave Macedo.  VWU has won two of its last three conference games, the loss coming on the road at nationally-ranked Randolph-Macon College (62-50) on Jan. 23.  The Marlins have been led by junior forward Lamont Steward (14.0 points, 5.6 rebounds), sophomore forward Tim Fisher (13.6 points, 8.4 rebounds) and senior guard Keijon Honore (10.1 points, 3.9 assists).  VWU is averaging 71.5 points, while yielding 71.2 points.

Series History
H-SC and VWU are playing for the 66th time in the sport of basketball, and the Tigers lead the closely-played series at 33-32.  The Marlins, however, have won 11 of the last 12 meetings since 2011-12, including both games played last season by scores of 81-54 on Jan. 3, 2018 at H-SC and 69-63 on Jan. 24, 2018 in Virginia Beach. 

Tiger Sporting Young Squad
H-SC is competing during 2018-19 with one of the younger rosters in the ODAC.  The Tigers sport 14 first or second year team members, including nine freshmen and five sophomores.  H-SC has just one senior and only two juniors.  The freshmen and sophomores have combined for 47 starts this season, while the three third and fourth year veterans have combined for 31 starts, with seven early-season starts going to former team members, one a freshman, no longer with the program. 

Tigers Among ODAC Leaders
Chaise Johnson ranks third in the ODAC in free throw percentage (86.7%, 52-60).  Sophomore guard Brendan McHale/Charleston, S.C. ranks fourth in assists (4.3) and ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.9).  Freshman guard Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C. ranks fifth in three-point field goal percentage.  Jake Hahn ranks ninth in field goal percentage (52.8%, 56-106).  Kevin Quinn ranks 16th in three-point field goals (37).  Warren Zager ranks 16th in minutes (29.7) and 18th in defensive rebounds (4.5). 

Up Next
H-SC will play its next two ODAC games on the road, including at Guilford College on Saturday, February 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Greensboro, North Carolina before playing at nationally-ranked archrival Randolph-Macon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Ashland.  The Yellow Jackets are No. 9 in this week's D3hoops.com Top 25, while the Quakers are receiving votes (9) this week.

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