WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senior captain Kevin Quinn/Apex, N.C. scored a game-high and season-high 17 points, off the bench, to lead Hampden-Sydney College to its first basketball win of the season, a 62-52 non-conference road triumph at Gallaudet University on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. Sophomore Jack Wyatt/Richmond added his second double-double this season for the Tigers (1-3), finishing with 13 points and a game-high and career-high 12 rebounds, while senior Chaise Johnson/Richmond had 10 points. Corey Smith scored 15 points for the Bison (0-4), while Noah Valencia added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Johnson scored the first points of the game with a three-point field goal for an early 3-0 lead less than a minute into the contest. It was tied at 7-7 before H-SC took its largest lead of the first half at 18-12 with 9:00 on the clock, courtesy of another three-pointer, this time by Quinn, assisted by freshman Ryan Clements/Conyers, Ga. The Tigers led 22-17 at 6:41 after another basket from Quinn, but GU closed the opening period with an 11-5 run—aided by consecutive three-pointers to finish the half—for a 28-27 lead at the intermission.
H-SC outscored GU 13-6 to begin the second half, taking a 40-34 advantage at 13:29 after a basket down low from Wyatt, who scored six quick points, along with another three-pointer by Quinn. The Tigers extended their margin to 51-40 with 8:04 remaining following a basket inside from junior captain Jake Hahn/Ruckersville, as the second-half run expanded to 24-12 over the first 12 minutes of the period. The Bison, however, rallied back with a 10-2 run to close to within 53-50 at 3:41. H-SC responded with a key three-pointer by Clements at 3:07 as the shot-clock ran down, and Johnson added 3-4 free throws along with a floater in the lane over the final 1:40, as the Tigers outscored the hosts 9-2 down the stretch for the road victory and their first win of the season. It also marks the first program win for first-year head coach Caleb Kimbrough.
Quinn led H-SC with his game-high and season-high 17 points, including 3-7 three-pointers, while coming off the bench for the first time this season. Wyatt finished with his second double-double in three games of 13 points and a game-high and career-high 12 rebounds for the Tigers. Johnson added 10 points, including 5-7 free throws. Clements contributed eight points, eight rebounds and a game-high five assists, and Hahn had six points, seven rebounds and three assists. H-SC shot 39% (25-64) from the field, including 26% (6-23) on three-pointers, and 40% (6-15) at the free throw line.
Smith led Gallaudet with his 15 points, adding eight rebounds. Valencia finished with his double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bison. GU shot 30% (18-61) from the field, including 25% (8-32) on three-pointers, and 57% (8-14) at the line.
H-SC will return home to welcome archrival Randolph-Macon College on Saturday afternoon, November 23, at 2 p.m. in S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium at Kirby Field House. The game against the Yellow Jackets has been designated as a non-conference contest for the Tigers.
Prince Edward Christmas Mother will be taking toy and board game donations at the game on Saturday! Be sure to come cheer on the Tigers and make a child smile this holiday season by donating to PE Christmas Mother.