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Tiger Hoops Defeats D2 St. Augustine's University

Khobi Williamson

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney used stifling second-half defense to mount a comeback, toppling Division II St. Augustine's University 70-62 in an exhibition game on Monday night.

The Falcons led nearly the entire first half and held as much as a 13-point advantage, 25-12 with 5:46 to play in the half. St. Augustine's continued to lead by double digits, 33-22, with 1:26 to go, but Hampden-Sydney would seize the momentum in the stanza's final minute. Leon Hargrove (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) drained a spot-up three pointer at the 55 second mark and the Tigers forced a shot clock violation on the Falcons ensuing possession. Hargrove then found Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA / Maury) for a backdoor, posterizing lob dunk on Chris Campbell to go to the free throw line for an and-one opportunity. Williamson missed the free throw, but the Tigers cut the deficit to just six points, 33-27, heading in to intermission.

Hampden-Sydney picked up where it left off to start the second half, extending their run from the first half out to a 14-0 run to capture their first lead of the game, 34-33, at the 17:30 mark. Jon Kindred briefly gave the Falcons a one-point lead on their next possession, but Williamson converted on another and-one opportunity, and Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA / Hanover) sandwiched two three pointers around a Jonathan Crawley layup to push the H-SC lead out to 43-37 just five minutes into the half. The Tigers took their first double-digit lead at 9:03 following a Keegan Wetzel (Mebane, NC / Eastern Alamance) layup and free throw to make it a 53-43 contest.

The Falcons clawed back in, cutting their deficit to just 55-51 after a Daniel Clark free throw at 5:21. Hampden-Sydney responded with two Williamson free throws and a layup from both Sam Dale (Charlottesville, VA / Covenant) and Harrison George (Raleigh, NC / Leesville) over the next 1:14 to push the lead back out to ten, 61-51. H-SC closed out the game courtesy two George layups and at the free throw line to secure the 70-62 victory.

George finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block in 34 minutes. Williamson posted 13 points and went 5-7 from the free throw line along with four caroms. Lewis totaled 12 points, shooting 4-9 from three point range, while Dale contributed 12 points and three steals.

The Tigers struggled shooting for most of the contest, making just 37.5% of its field goal attempts and going 7-33 from three point range, but the difference proved to be in turnovers. H-SC forced 21 Falcons turnovers compared to just eight for the Tigers, causing H-SC to have 22 more field goal attempts and earning a 26-12 advantage in points off turnovers. Thirteen of the 21 Falcon turnovers came in the second half that saw H-SC hold a 43-29 scoring advantage.

The Kindred brothers, Jon and Joel, contributed 17 and 15 points respectively. Jon Kindred added six rebounds.

The Tigers open their season on November 17 at Washington College at 2 pm.

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