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TIGERS HEAD TO BRIDGEWATER, SEEK SECOND STRAIGHT WIN
Fresh off of an 84-77 win over Randolph College on Wednesday night, the Tigers will look to keep the momentum going as they travel to face the Eagles of Bridgewater College (13-9, 7-6 ODAC) on Saturday afternoon. Saturday will mark the only meeting between the two teams for the second straight year. Last season, they met in Fleet Gymnasium with the Tigers taking a 71-57 victory.
Following Saturday's game, there will be just two games remaining in the regular season, and the Tigers have the luxury of playing both of those at home, hosting arch-rival Randolph-Macon on Wednesday, February 14 and Roanoke on Saturday, February 17.
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 21 games, the Tigers have shown a good balance with five players averaging at least eight points-per-game. Junior Malik Crute lead the way with 14.5 points-per-game while Kevin Quinn is adding 11.7. Senior big men Hunter Kuehn and Nick Chase round out the top four with 9.4 points-per-game each. Chaise Johnson has come on strong the second half of the season, averaging 8.8 points-per-game in his 12 appearances.
Brendan McHale helps the offense go, averaging 4.3 assists-per-game, which is eighth in the ODAC.
As a team, the Tigers score 71.0 points-per-game and shoot 44.1 percent from the floor, 34.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 72.2 percent from the charity stripe. The team also snares 33.3 rebounds-per-game and dish out 14.3 assists-per-game to 16.4 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 returned to the win column with an exciting 84-77 win over Randolph. The Tigers trailed by 11 late in the first half, but used a 17-0 run to take a lead that it maintained.
Randolph's Sammy Hooper led all scorers with 23 points to go with five assists and three rebounds. Ryan Fields and Elijah Ford combined for 25 points and nine rebounds.
As a team, the Tigers shot 26-of-45 (.578) from the floor, 10-of-18 (.556) from three, and 22-of-27 (.815) from the foul line.
Randolph was 29-of-69 (.420) from the floor, 10-of-25 (.400) from deep, and 9-of-13 (.692) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME OUT FOR BRIDGEWATER
Bridgewater improved to 13-9 overall and 7-6 in conference play after defeating rival Eastern Mennonite 68-66 in Nininger Hall on Wednesday night. Bridgewater trailed 31-24 at halftime, but exploded for 44 points in the second half.
Bridgewater's Dimetri Chambers had a monster game with 28 points, seven steals, three rebounds, two assists and a block. Zach Breathwaite and Ken Stanciel each added eight.
Eastern Mennonite was led by RaShawn Latimer's 18 points and ten rebounds, while Isaiah Harris-Winn added 11 points and eight boards.
As a team, the Eagles shot 24-of-64 (.375) from the floor, 6-of-16 (.375) from three, and 14-of-19 (.737) from the foul line.
Eastern Mennonite was 22-of-62 (.355) from the floor, 7-of-27 (.259) from deep, and 15-of-20 (.750) from the free throw line.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Hampden-Sydney won its second straight game, downing the Eagles of Bridgewater College 71-57 on February 4, 2017.
Four Tigers scored in double figures, with Jake Duncan and Logan Samuels each scoring a game-high 16 points. JaVonte Reddick and Kevin Quinn added 13 and 12, respectively.
Bridgewater was led by Efe Balfour and Kenneth Turner who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
As a team, the Tigers shot 26-of-65 (.400) from the floor, 8-of-24 (.333) from three, and 11-of-18 (.611) from the foul line.
Bridgewater was 17-of-51 (.333) from the floor, 7-of-19 (.368) from deep, and 16-of-22 (.727) from the free throw line.