LYNCHBURG, Va.—Sophomore Jack Wyatt/Richmond posted his first career double-double with 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a closely-played 74-69 non-conference basketball decision to Methodist University on Saturday evening in Lynchburg. Junior Jake Hahn/Ruckersville added his first career double-double for the Tigers (0-2), as well, with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Chaise Johnson/Richmond had 13 points. Dante Burden and Garren Dearman each scored a game-high 21 points for the Monarchs (3-0) on day one of the Wayne Proffitt Classic being hosted by the University of Lynchburg.
"Our guys battled tonight," said first-year head coach Caleb Kimbrough. "I think Methodist's defensive pressure really wore us down which led to several turnovers. We will look at the film tonight and figure out a way to help our guys moving forward."
H-SC fell behind 10-4 at 14:43 of the first half, before using a quick 9-1 run to lead 13-11 at 12:42—getting consecutive three-point field goals from sophomore Cole Atwood/Mount Olive, N.C., along with a conventional three-point play inside from Hahn. A pair of free throws by Johnson pushed the lead to 29-18 at 6:35, as the Tigers increased their scoring run to 25-8, getting eight quick points from Wyatt over the latter part of the run. Wyatt's two free throws at 5:18 gave H-SC its largest lead of the opening half at 33-21, and the Tigers led 42-31 at the intermission following a late three-pointer by Hahn and another basket inside from Wyatt.
Freshman Ryan Clements/Conyers, Ga. opened the second half with a jumper at 19:31 to give H-SC its largest lead of the contest at 44-31. The Tigers led 52-44 with 14:47 remaining after another three-pointer from Atwood. Methodist, however, rallied back with a 12-2 run to lead 56-54 at 12:44 and the game was tightly contested back-and-forth the rest of the way. Hahn's layup at 4:36 gave H-SC a 66-62 advantage, and Wyatt's two free throws at 4:03 made it 68-64. Unfortunately, the Monarchs scored eight unanswered points to lead 72-68 at 1:14, while closing the contest on a 10-1 run for the final five-point margin.
Wyatt led H-SC with his double-double of 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, adding a career-high three block, as well. Hahn finished with his double-double of 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Tigers. Johnson contributed 13 points and three assists, Atwood had nine points and five rebounds, off the bench, and Clements added eight points and seven rebounds. H-SC shot 46% (23-50) from the field, including 36% (5-14) on three-pointers, and 72% (18-25) at the free throw line.
Burden and Dearman each scored 21 points to lead MU. Kevin McLaughlin Jr. finished with 15 points for the Monarchs. MU shot 44% (30-68) from the field, including 30% (7-23) on three-pointers, and 78% (7-9) at the line.
H-SC will play Pfeiffer (N.C.) on Sunday, November 17, at 1 p.m. on day two of the Wayne Proffitt Classic in Lynchburg.