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Mike Murray Drains Buzzer-Beating Three Pointer to Beat Rosemont 65-62

Mike Murray
Mike Murray

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – Mike Murray (Norfolk, VA / Norfolk Christian) drained a three pointer from the top of the arc as time expired to give Hampden-Sydney Basketball a 65-62 win over Rosemont in the first day of action from the Blue Jay Invitational hosted by Johns Hopkins University. The Tigers advance to the championship game on Sunday at 3 pm.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Hampden-Sydney 65, Rosemont 62
  • Records: H-SC 8-2, Rosemont 5-5
  • Location: Baltimore, MD – Goldfarb Gym 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Hampden-Sydney led for nearly the entire first half but never held an advantage greater than six in the opening frame, going into the half up 34-28
  • The Tigers came out ice cold from the floor in the second stanza as they did not register a single point until 14:41 while Rosemont scored the first 11, putting H-SC in a 39-37 deficit
  • Still trailing by three, 43-40, at 12:47, Rosemont scored the next six points to go out in front by nine with ten minutes remaining
  • The Tigers got going from there and a 14-1 run in a little over six minutes saw the Tigers leading 54-50 at 3:43. H-SC grabbed the lead at 51-50 when Andrew Evans (Raleigh, NC / Millbrook) hit a three at 4:57 then added on to it with a Guilherme Guimaraes (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil / Miller School) free throw and a Josh Katowitz (Raleigh, NC / Heritage) put back layup
  • Rosemont's Marcus Thomas scored on a run out at 3:08 and he gave the Ravens a 55-54 lead at 2:15 off a triple
  • A Kyle Lafferty layup was sandwiched between three free throws from Evans and Katowitz as the game was tied at 57-57 with 95 seconds remaining
  • Jamier Hughes put the Ravens out in front with a trifecta on their next possession, but the Tigers cut it to 60-59 with 53 seconds left when Katowitz delivered a bounce pass out of the high post to a cutting Jake Duncan (Williamsburg, VA / Williamsburg Christian) who scored at the rim with 53 seconds left
  • Thomas' three-point attempt was off the mark. Murray got the rebound and found Evans in transition who converted an acrobatic layup and was fouled. He finished off the and-one opportunity to make it a 62-60 H-SC lead with 16 seconds to go
  • Hughes tied the game with 6.1 seconds left as he finished over two Tiger defenders in the paint
  • Following a timeout from each team, H-SC inbounded the ball to Murray who dribbled to the top of the arc and rose for the dagger three at the buzzer 

TIGER TOP PERFORMERS

  • Evans led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points and also added five boards
  • Katowitz posted 11 points and seven rebounds
  • Guimaraes contributed 11 points
  • Duncan tallied eight points and tied for the team-high in rebounds with eight
  • JaVonte Reddick (Richmond, VA / L.C. Bird) corralled eight rebounds to go with six points

FOR THE FOES

  • Thomas scored 16 points and added four assists
  • Hughes double-doubled with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists
  • Clayton Wolfe and Kyle Lafferty each contributed 10 points and seven caroms

STATS OF THE GAME

  • Both teams struggled to get in sync of offense as 49 fouls were called
  • Rosemont shot 43% overall, 29% from three, and made 11-of-22 free throws while Hampden-Sydney was 37%, 21%, and 13-of-22
  • H-SC outrebounded Rosemont 45-40 and held a 9-0 edge in second chance points
  • The Tigers scored 34 points in the paint compared to 24 for the Ravens

UP NEXT

  • Hampden-Sydney will play either Framingham State or Johns Hopkins University in the Blue Jay Invitational title game at 3 pm on Sunday.