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Hampden-Sydney Drops High-Scoring Contest To Emory & Henry 105-94

Cole Atwood
Cole Atwood

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Junior Kevin Quinn/Durham, N.C. scored a team-high 23 points off the bench, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a high-scoring 105-94 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball decision to visiting Emory & Henry College on Saturday at S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium.  Sophomore Jake Hahn/Ruckersville added a career-high 20 points and freshman Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C. had a career-high 17 points off the bench for the host Tigers (4-11, 1-7 ODAC).  Daniel Spencer scored a game-high 32 points for the Wasps (12-6, 5-4 ODAC), while Tharon Suggs added 24 points.

H-SC took an early 6-4 lead at 15:50 after a jumper by sophomore Brendan McHale/Charleston, S.C. that followed back-to-back baskets from Hahn. E&H used a 23-12 run to lead 27-18 at 7:12, but the Tigers responded with a 10-2 run to trail just 29-28 with 3:08 on the first-half clock.  Quinn had seven of the points, including a three-point field goal along with two layups. Another three-pointer by Quinn had the hosts within 34-33 at 1:42, but the Wasps closed the half with a 38-35 lead at the intermission.  Quinn scored 15 first-half points, including 6-7 fields goals while 3-3 on three-pointers, and Spencer had 19 points at the break, including 4-6 three-pointers.

H-SC led 40-39 at 18:47 of the second half following a three-pointer by sophomore Drew Scott/Franklin, Tenn., and the Tigers led 53-52 with 13:39 remaining after two free throws from freshman Morgan McKay/Banner Elk, N.C.  E&H scored eight unanswered points to lead 60-53 at 12:09, and extended its run to 24-13 for a 76-66 advantage with 8:08 left, before Quinn nailed another three-pointer at 7:54 to reduce the margin to 76-69.  The Wasps again extended their lead, this time to 94-75 with 3:25 to play, but once-again, the hosts rallied back and closed to within 99-89 with 1:47 on the clock after a three-pointer by Atwood, was 5-5 from three-point territory over the final 14:03 of the contest.  Unfortunately, H-SC could get no closer toward the final margin.

Quinn led H-SC with 23 points, making 8-11 field goals, including 5-6 three-pointers, and 2-2 free throws.  Hahn finished with the career-high 20 points for the Tigers, making 9-12 field goals and 2-3 free throws.  Atwood had the career-high 17 points, all scored in the second half, making 6-7 field goals, including the perfect 5-5 on three-pointers.  McHale nearly had a double-double, contributing 11 points and a game-high nine assists to match his career-high.  McKay added seven points and three rebounds off the bench. H-SC shot a season-best 60% (34-57) from the field, including a season-best 70% (14-20) on three-pointers, and 80% (12-15) at the free throw line.  The Tigers bench outscored E&H's bench, 47-18, as the contest featured six lead changes and was tied four times.

Spencer led E&H with the game-high 32 points, adding a game-high nine rebounds along with five assists and three steals. Suggs finished with 24 points for the Wasps, while Alic Wynn had 17 points and seven rebounds.  E&H shot 57% (37-65) from the field, including 53% (17-32) on three-pointers, and 78% (14-18) at the line.

H-SC will play on the road at ODAC member Ferrum College on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., before returning home to host ODAC opponent Bridgewater College at S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m.

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