Buffalo State opened the Luck Stone Holiday Classic with a 95-86 win over Hampden-Sydney. The Bengals will meet Bridgewater tomorrow at noon for the championship as the Eagles defeated Johnson & Wales 68-55.
- Final Score: Buffalo State 95, Hampden-Sydney 86
- Records: Hampden-Sydney 3-5; Buffalo State 4-3
- Location: Hampden-Sydney, VA – Fleet Gymnasium
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Points were not at a premium in today's contest with each team scoring 40+ in both halves
- The Bengals registered the first eight points of the contest, but a 16-3 spurt from H-SC put the Tigers ahead 16-11 after 5 minutes.
- Hampden-Sydney pushed the lead out to seven, 23-16, with 10:46 to play, but Buffalo State scored eight straight to regain the lead, 24-23, at 7:18
- The teams traded the lead a few times the rest of the half, and a Brendan McHale three pointer just before the buzzer knotted the game at 41-41 going into intermission
- The Bengals wrestled controlled of the contest in the second half's opening minutes, darting out to a 53-46 lead at 17:38
- They maintained the advantage on the scoreboard for most the next 9:26 of play until a Kevin Quinn triple at the 8:12 mark tied the game at 73-73, then Raheem Anthony followed with a layup off an offensive rebound to put the Tigers back in front with seven minutes remaining
- Sir.Quintin Campbell would tie the game at 5:48, then five consecutive points from Bryan Harrell pushed the Bengal advantage to five with 4:29 to play
- Following a Nick Chase three pointer at 3:53 that made it a two-point contest, Campbell responded with four of his own to move the Bengals ahead by six at 2:28
- Malik Crute halved the deficit on the next possession with a three pointer, but the Tigers would manage just five points the rest of the game as Buffalo State pulled away for the victory
TIGER TOP PERFORMERS
- Kevin Quinn scored a career-high 29 points behind 6-11 three point shooting and a 10-for-17 overall performance
- Hunter Kuehn double doubled with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks
- Malik Crute contributed 12 points, four assists, and two steals
- Nick Chase added 12 points, six boards, and two blocks
- Brendan McHale handed out a game-high nine assists to go with seven rebounds
- Raheem Anthony tallied 10 points off the bench
FOR THE FOES
- Sir.Quintin Campbell notched a double double with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and three steals
- Mike Henry poured in 14 points, seven caroms, four assists, and two thefts
- Bryan Harrell chipped in with 20 points and seven rebounds
- Malik Turner tallied 18 points with five helpers
- Sheldon Adams tacked on 20 points, five boards, and three assists
STATS OF THE GAME
- Buffalo State shot 49.3% for the game compared to a 46.4% mark for Hampden-Sydney
- The Tigers converted 13 of their 24 three points attempts while the Bengals went 8-24
- Buffalo offset the deficit from three point range by converting at the foul line. They shot 19-24 while H-SC struggled, going 9-17
- The Bengals were +8 on the glass and held a 48-36 advantage in points in the paint.
- Hampden-Sydney will play at approximately 2 pm tomorrow vs. Johnson & Wales in the Luck Stone Holiday Classic consolation game.