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Hampden-Sydney Drops Season-Finale On The Road At Emory & Henry 83-42

Warren Zager
Warren Zager

EMORY, Va. -- Freshman Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C. scored nine points off the bench, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped an 83-42 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men's basketball road decision at Emory & Henry College on Saturday in Emory.  The visiting Tigers have completed their 2018-19 season with a final record of 4-19 overall, including 1-15 in the ODAC.  The host Wasps, who received a game-high 21 points from Daniel Spencer, improved to 16-9 (9-7) and advance to participate in the upcoming ODAC Tournament (February 18-24).

H-SC took an early 5-3 lead at 16:57 after an opening three-point field goal by junior Chaise Johnson/Richmond along with a steal and layup from sophomore Brendan McHale/Charleston, S.C.  E&H, however, answered with three-straight three-pointers by Spencer to lead 12-5 at 15:12, and the Wasps continued their barrage from three-point territory with four more three-pointers during an overall run of 27-2 to lead 30-7 with 7:01 left in the first half.  Another steal and layup from McHale made it 33-13 at 5:21, but the hosts extended the margin to 42-17 at the intermission, finishing the half 10-18 on three-pointers.

The Tigers got nine quick points from Atwood to open the second half, but still trailed 52-26 at 14:28.  A three-pointer by freshman Warren Zager/Nashville, Tenn., followed by a jumper from senior team captain Justin Reid/Cary, N.C., made it 60-37 at 7:39.  E&H, though, used an 18-2 run to lead 78-39 with just 2:15 remaining on the clock toward the final margin.

Atwood led H-SC with his nine second-half points, adding four rebounds.  McHale and sophomore Jake Hahn/Ruckersville each finished with six points for the Tigers, the latter off the bench, with McHale adding five rebounds and four steals.  Zager had five points, while freshman Riley Wolgamott/Muscle Shoals, Ala. contributed four points off the bench, as well.  Johnson had the three points before leaving the contest midway through the first half with an injury.  H-SC shot 29% (16-55) from the field, including 19% (3-16) on three-pointers, and 50% (7-14) at the free throw line.

Spencer led E&H with his 21 points, including 5-7 three-pointers.  Dylan Felty finished with 12 points off the bench for the Wasps, including 4-4 three-pointers.  Alic Wynn and Tharon Suggs each contributed 11 points and Anthony Williams had 10 points off the bench.  E&H shot 45% (29-65) from the field, including 50% (14-28) on three-pointers, and 55% (11-20) at the line.

H-SC could return as many as 16 lettermen for the 2019-20 campaign, including the program's four top scorers.  The Tigers competed this season with 14 freshmen and sophomores.

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