HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va.—Sophomore Jack Wyatt/Richmond scored a team-high 22 points, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped an 82-64 non-conference basketball decision to nationally-ranked No. 24 Randolph-Macon College on Saturday afternoon in S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium. The host Tigers (1-4) trailed 48-25 at halftime against the visiting Yellow Jackets (6-0), in a contest that did not count in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) standings. R-MC was led by All-American Buzz Anthony with a game-high 27 points, adding seven rebounds and five assists.
"Randolph-Macon is a very talented team and we needed to play solid basketball today to compete," said first-year head coach Caleb Kimbrough. "We really struggled to move the ball offensively, which made it difficult to get going. With that said, our guys continued to battle and we had several good possessions in the second half."
H-SC fell behind 5-0 to start as Corey Bays made a three-point field goal and Anthony added a jumper, but Wyatt answered with his own three-pointer to make it 5-3 at 17:25. The Tigers were still within two points at 11-9 with 14:41 left in the first half after a three-pointer by junior Brian Brennan/Virginia Beach, a jumper from freshman Ryan Clements/Conyers, Ga. and a free throw by senior Kevin Quinn/Apex, N.C. The Yellow Jackets used a 23-5 run to lead 34-14 at 7:38, making four three-pointers during the run with eight points from Anthony. H-SC closed to within 39-24 following a layup by sophomore Tyler Thomas/Farmville with 1:42 on the first-half clock. R-MC, however, took its largest lead of the half at the intermission, 48-25.
R-MC extended its advantage early in the second half to 56-29 at 16:50, after another three-pointer from Bays. H-SC battled back to within 63-43 with 12:05 remaining as junior Jake Hahn/Ruckersville (6), Clements (4) and Thomas (4) combined for 14 quick points. The Yellow Jackets, however, responded with eight unanswered points to lead 71-43 at 9:55, sandwiching a pair of three-pointers around a dunk. The Tigers refused to quit and fought back behind Wyatt (10) and Clements (5) to within 76-61 with 1:35 left to play. Anthony's three-pointer at the final horn provided for the final margin of R-MC's road win.
Wyatt led H-SC with his 22 points, adding six rebounds and two assists. Clements finished with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists, as well, for the Tigers. Hahn contributed 10 points and game-highs of eight rebounds and five assists, the latter matching his career-high, while Thomas had six points off the bench. H-SC shot 43% (21-49) from the field, including 38% (3-8) on three-pointers, and 59% (19-32) at the free throw line. H-SC enjoyed a 30-24 scoring advantage in the paint.
Anthony led R-MC with his game-high 27 points, including 6-9 three-pointers, adding seven rebounds and a game-high five assists. Bays finished with 16 points for the Yellow Jackets, while Josh Talbert added 10 points off the bench, and Miles Mallory had eight points and game-highs of eight rebounds and five blocks. R-MC shot 43% (31-72) from the field, including 45% (17-38) on three-pointers, and 43% (3-7) at the line.
H-SC will be idle during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday week before returning to action with its ODAC opener on the road at Washington and Lee University on Sunday, December 1, at 1 p.m. in Lexington.