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TIGERS TO PLAY AT VIRGINIA WESLEYAN ON WEDNESDAY
The Hampden-Sydney Tigers will return to the road for the fourth time this month, heading to the Batten Center to face the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday night. Wednesday will mark the second meeting between the two teams with the Marlins taking an 81-54 win in Fleet Gymnasium earlier this month. Nick Chase led all scorers in that game with 15 points, while Malik Crute and Kevin Quinn added 11 and nine points, respectively. Corey White, Jr. led the Marlins with 14 points in the affair.
Wednesday will mark the first of two meetings between the arch-rivals with the Yellow Jackets coming to Fleet Gymnasium on February 14. The two split the series last year with each team winning on its home court.
Hampden-Sydney comes into the season picked eighth in the ODAC Preseason Poll. Last season, the Tigers finished the year 11-16 overall and 6-10 in the ODAC while reaching the conference quarterfinals. This season, the Tigers return eight players from last year's team while adding eight new faces.
Through 17 games, the Tigers have shown a good balance with four players averaging at least nine points-per-game. Sophomore Malik Crute lead the way with 14.9 points-per-game while Kevin Quinn is adding 12.1. Senior big men Nick Chase and Hunter Kuehn round out the top four with 9.9 and 9.8 points-per-game, respectively.
Brendan McHale helps the offense go, averaging 4.2 assists-per-game, which is eighth in the ODAC.
As a team, the Tigers score 72.1 points-per-game and shoot 43.8 percent from the floor, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc, and 71.6 percent from the charity stripe. The team also snare 33.5 rebounds-per-game and dish out 14.5 assists-per-game to 16.8 turnovers.
Tenth year head coach Dee Vick returns to helm after guiding the Tigers to the ODAC Quarterfinals last season.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE TIGERS
Hampden-Sydney fell 70-68 to Washington & Lee on Saturday afternoon. The exciting back-and-forth game had five ties and 16 lead changes.
Malik Crute led the way for the Tigers with 19 points while Hunter Kuehn just missed a double-doulbe with 17 points and nine rebounds. Kevin Quinn scored 11 points, and Nick Chase added seven points and five rebounds.
Chaise Johnson provided a spark off the bench with four points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Washington & Lee was led by Roy McMillan's game-high 21 points. Devin Kearns and Clayton Murtha combined for 29 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.
The Generals had a slight advantage in both rebounds (39 to 35) and turnovers (15 to 18).
As a team, the Tigers shot 24-of-60 (.400) from the floor, 6-of-21 (.286) from three, and 14-of-17 (.824) from the foul line.
Washington & Lee was 23-of-55 (.418) from the floor, 3-of-22 (.136) from deep, and 21-of-31 (.677) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME OUT FOR VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
Virginia Wesleyan lost its third straight game, falling 79-71 to Guilford on Saturday afternoon. The game was knotted at 41-41 at intermission, but the Quakers were able to pull away to an eight point advantage in the second half.
The Marlins had a balanced scoring effort with five players reaching double figures, including a team-high 16 points from Percy Burt and R.J. Nicholson. Corey Pelham and Tyree Golston scored 12 and 11, respectively, and Lamont Steward added ten points and eight rebounds.
Guilford had four players score in double digits, while Marcus Curry led the way with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
As a team, the Marlins shot 23-of-59 (.390) from the floor, 17-of-33 (.515) from three, and 8-of-13 (.615) from the foul line.
Guilford was 30-of-68 (.441) from the floor, 9-of-21 (.429) from deep, and 10-of-14 (.714) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Hampden-Sydney fell 81-54 to Virginia Wesleyan on January 3. The Tigers scored the first four points of the game, but the Marlins jumped out to a 42-20 halftime lead and did not let up.
Brendan McHale dished out a game-high six assists.
Virginia Wesleyan had 14 players in the scoring column, including a team-leading 14 points from Corey White, Jr.
The Marlins dominated the boards with 47 rebounds to the Tigers' 31, but the turnover battle was narrow with Virginia Wesleyan having 19 to the Tigers' 20.
As a team, the Tigers shot 17-of-54 (.315) from the floor, 5-of-24 (.208) from three, and 15-of-22 (.682) from the foul line.
Virginia Wesleyan was 31-of-63 (.492) from the floor, 10-of-27 (.370) from deep, and 9-of-19 (.474) from the free throw line.