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Hampden-Sydney Falls At No. 7 Randolph-Macon 91-53

Cole Atwood
Cole Atwood

ASHLAND, Va. -- Freshman Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C. scored a team-high 15 second-half points off the bench, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a 91-53 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball decision on the road at No. 7 Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday night in Ashland.  Junior Chaise Johnson/Richmond added 12 first-half points for the visiting Tigers (4-16, 1-12 ODAC), who trailed 47-25 at halftime.  Buzz Anthony posted game-highs of 17 points and 10 assists for the nationally-ranked and host Yellow Jackets (21-2, 13-1 ODAC), who are No. 7 in this week's D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll, while Corey Bays added 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

H-SC trailed just 3-2 after a layup by Johnson opened the scoring for the Tigers at 18:25.  R-MC, however, put together a 14-2 run to lead 17-4 at 14:18.  Johnson scored five unanswered points for the visitors to make it 17-9 at 13:15, but the Yellow Jackets responded with a 14-1 run to lead 31-10 with 8:02 left in the half.  A three-point field goal from Johnson made it 34-17 at 5:43, but the hosts outscored H-SC 13-8 to the first-half buzzer to lead 47-25 at the intermission.

R-MC continued its momentum to begin the second half, scoring the first 19 points to extend the advantage to 66-25 at 16:01.  H-SC finally got on the second-half scoreboard at 15:05 via a layup by freshman Warren Zager/Nashville, Tenn., starting a 15-5 run to make it 71-40 with 9:47 remaining.  Atwood scored nine points during the outburst with a trio of three-pointers, and he later added two more three-pointers, his fourth and fifth of the half, to make it 80-50 at 5:49.  The Yellow Jackets, however, outscored the Tigers 11-3 over the final five minutes to provide for the final margin.

Atwood led H-SC with 15 points, including 5-7 three-pointers over the final 13:24.  Johnson finished with 12 points for the Tigers, all scored during the first half, adding three assists.  Zager contributed eight points, two rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes off the bench while making just his second appearance after missing four games with an injury.  H-SC shot 40% (21-53) from the field, including 38% (6-16) on three-pointers, and 63% (5-8) at the free throw line.

Anthony led R-MC with 17 points and 10 assists.  Bays finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.  Luke Neeley had 14 points off the bench, and Grayson Midulla contributed 12 points.  R-MC shot 51% (32-63) from the field, including 43% (16-37) on three-pointers, and 79% (11-14) at the line.

H-SC will return home to welcome Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium.  The Tigers will remain at home to host the University of Lynchburg next Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. for Senior Night at Fleet Gym.

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