HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – Trailing 70-68 with 51 seconds to play, the Tigers scored the next five points and secured the rebound off two missed Guilford free throws to defeat the Quakers 73-71. The win moved H-SC to half a game ahead of both Guilford and Randolph-Macon in the standings and into a two-way tie with Lynchburg for third. H-SC sits just one game behind Roanoke and Virginia Wesleyan.
- Final Score: Hampden-Sydney 73, Guilford 71
- Records: 14-4, 6-3 ODAC; Guilford 10-7, 5-3 ODAC
- Location: Hampden-Sydney VA – S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A highly competitive affair, neither team led by more than six at any point in the contest and there were 12 ties and 12 lead changes
- Guilford came into the contest shoot 39% overall and 30% from three, but the Quakers found their rhythm early, but the Tigers matched them blow for blow as the two touch defensive teams had their work come out for them
- Just five minutes in to the contest, the score was tied 12-12 with four combined three pointers
- GC led 31-27 with 4:30 to play in the half following a Will Freeman layup, but the Tigers set the nets on fire, draining four three pointers over their next five possessions to go ahead 39-33 at 2:06.
- Neither team was able to register a point over the final two minutes
- Guilford came out firing to open the second half, largely by the efforts of Carson Long, and grabbed a 46-45 advantage at 15:58 and extended the advantage to three, 51-48, at 13:49
- With the game tied at 56-56 at 11:22, H-SC went on a 7-2 run to go ahead 63-58, but Guilford scored the next ten to regain the lead at 68-63 with 2:22 remaining
- The two Tiger seniors connected on the next possession as Mike Murray (Norfolk, VA/Norfolk Christian) found Mitch Owens (Williamsburg, VA/Walsingham) near the top of the key for a big three pointer to cut the deficit to only two, 68-66, at 2:11
- Hampden-Sydney stopped the Quakers on their next possession, and Jake Duncan (Williamsburg, VA/Williamsburg Christian) tied the game on a midrange jumper at 1:19, but Freeman put Guilford back on top by two with 51 seconds left in the game
- Andrew Evans (Raleigh, NC/Millbrook) penetrated from the right wing and converted a double clutch layup and was fouled by Jarrod Rodgers and Evans finished off the three-point play at the free throw line, providing the Tigers a 71-70 lead with 41 seconds to go
- Justin Best missed consecutive three pointers at 22 and 16 seconds, and Josh Katowitz (Raleigh, NC/Heritage) grabbed the rebound and was fouled in the double bonus. He stepped up to the line and swished both free throws to provide H-SC a three-point margin with 14 ticks left on the clock
- With one foul to give before entering the bonus, Katowitz used the foul on the floor at the five-second mark and the Quakers called a time, followed by a Hampden-Sydney timeout
- Best found the ball in his hands from behind the three point line in the right corner where he rose up for a three but was fouled.
- Best, who is a 52% free throw shooter for the season, made the first foul shot but bricked the second two as the loose ball went out of bounds off Guilford, leaving just 0.7 seconds on the clock.
- The Tigers finished off the win by inbounding the ball past halfcourt where it was tipped up in a battle of Katowitz and a Quaker player as time ran out
TIGER TOP PERFORMERS
- Evans scored a game-high 16 points with four rebounds. He shot 6-11 from the field and 3-5 from three
- JaVonte Reddick (Richmond, VA/L.C. Bird) scored 12, all in the first half, as he connected on four deep balls
- Owens notched 11 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with five
- Murray contributed eight points and four assists
- Katowitz tallied six points, five boards, two assists, a steal, and a block
- Gray Cheers (Supply, NC/West Brunswick) posted eight points and nine minutes
FOR THE FOES
- Long led the Quakers with 16 points
- Zachary Houston added on 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals
- Freeman came off the bench for 13 points while Alston Thompson scored 10
STATS OF THE GAME
- Guilford, which came into the game outrebounding its opponents by seven a game along with averaging over 18 offensive rebounds, was outrebounded 29-27 and corralled only 11 of the offensive variety. It was just the third game this season that the Quakers were outrebounded
- Hampden-Sydney shot 52% for the game and connected on 13 shots form three range for a 45% mark. Guilford made 47% of their shot attempts along with nine three-point makes for a 35% performance beyond the arc
- H-SC committed 15 turnovers to only 11 for GC, and Guilford converted off the turnovers, outscoring the Tigers 17-8 in points off turnovers
- Hampden-Sydney travels to Bridgewater College on Saturday for a 2 pm contest.