Tigers Return Home to Battle Regent University
The Tigers are looking to rebound from a setback at ODAC rival Roanoke College when they host first-year program Regent University on Tuesday night. The Royals are 0-7 on the season.
Hampden-Sydney has had a roller coaster November. After picking up a road win at Averett to open the season, the Tigers returned home to fall by 25 against William Peace. The Tigers bounced back three days later to win 73-63 after leading by 20+ in the first half. H-SC then followed with a 45-point loss at Roanoke on Sunday.
Despite the ups and downs, there have been several individual positive signs. Jake Hahn has established himself as a lethal threat on the low block as he is averaging 10.5 points per game in only 15.5 minutes a contest, good for 27.1 points per 40 minutes. He has proven efficient as well, shooting 68% from the floor and 72.7% from the free throw stripe. He scored 17 points each against both William Peace and Roanoke.
Freshman Warren Zager has been a starter since game one while leading the team in minutes at 30.5 a game. He is averaging 9.0 points, good for third on the team, scoring at a 48.3% clip to go with team-highs of 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals. He has scored 11 points each in the last two games and has recorded at least two steals in each contest.
Justin Reid is having a career year, averaging 8.8 points an outing on 48.1% shooting and 4.0 rebounds. He posted 12 points against Gallaudet in 17 minutes and grabbed five rebounds at Averett.
Chaise Johnson, who made a comeback from the flu after sitting out Wednesday's game, has excelled off the dribble thus far, leading to a 16-point effort against William Peace along with five rebounds and three assists.
After having small roles off the bench as freshmen a season ago, Drew Scott and Jake Furrow have leaped into the starting lineup this year. Scott has started all four games while averaging 25.5 minutes, 7.8 points, and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 39.1% beyond the arc with 2.2 makes a game. He tallied a career-high 14 points with four made tripes against Gallaudet. Furrow has started the last two contests after serving as a reserve in the first two. He contributed a career-high 10 points on 4-8 shooting against Gallaudet to go with four assists, three rebounds, and one steal.
Looking at Regent
Information is scarce, but the Royals have gotten their inaugural season off to a rough start as they have lost all seven games, including a 2-0 forfeit. Amongst the seven losses have been two Division I teams in Howard University (108-51) and Norfolk State (97-57)along with two Division II schools in Chowan (83-55) and Mars Hill (98-61).
In their four games against NCAA competition, Regent is shooting 28% from the field, 21% from three point range on only 18 makes, and 64.9% from the foul line. Additionally, they are averaging 23.0 turnovers per contest with just 56.0 points while allowing 96.5 points.
Last Time Out for the Tigers
The game started out close and low scoring as the Tigers trailed just 14-9 at 12:24, but a 16-0 run over the next five minutes pushed Roanoke's lead to 30-9 at 7:22. Roanoke went into halftime ahead 42-21, but the Tigers scored eight of the first nine points to open the second half to trim the deficit down to 14, 43-29, at 17:55. That would be the closest the game would be the rest of the afternoon with the largest Maroon lead being the final margin of 45.
Jake Hahn scored 17 points in 12 minutes as he shot 7-8 from the floor and 3-4 from the foul line to go with four rebounds. Warren Zager contributed 11 points, shooting 5-8, in addition to three rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Nick Price contributed 10 points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals. CJ Miles led six Roanoke players in double figures with 16. Joe Mikalauskas, Dillon Thomas, and Tripp Greene each scored between 11-14 points. Josh Freund double-doubled with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Roanoke shot 50.8% and 40.6% from three while the Tigers went 36.5% and 20% beyond the arc. The Maroons made 13 threes to just four for H-SC. Additionally, Roanoke was +10 on the foul line, making 16 of 17 compared to 6-7 for Hampden-Sydney. Roanoke was +23 on the glass, 45-22. The Maroons led in points off turnovers (30-14) and second chance points (19-3).
Last Time They Met
This is the first-ever meeting.