H-SC Claims 58-48 Win In Luck Stone Holiday Tournament Championship Game

Published 11:27 am Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY — Mike Murray (Norfolk/Norfolk Christian) netted 22 points en route to being named Luck Stone Holiday Tournament MVP as Hampden-Sydney defeated Sewanee 58-48 in the tournament championship game. His fellow teammates Jake Duncan (Williamsburg/Williamsburg Christian) and Mitch Owens (Williamsburg/Walsingham) were also named to the All-Tournament team. Hampden-Sydney improves to 7-0 while Sewanee drops to 4-4.

The first two points of the game came on the charity stripe courtesy of Murray, a place he visited quite often throughout the game. Hampden-Sydney was rolling through the first 12 minutes, leading 24-7 after a Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville/Hanover) three pointer at 8:29. With H-SC still leading by 14, 25-11, at the 5:18 mark, Keshonn Carter and Jorden Williams scored the next seven points to cut the deficit in half with 2:41 to go until intermission. H-SC scored six of the last eight points of the opening stanza at the free throw line to lead 31-20 after 20 minutes of play.

Sewanee came out of intermission strong, scoring the first six points to trim the deficit down to just five, but Hampden-Sydney went on an 8-0 run over the next three+ minutes to go back ahead by 13, 39-26, with 13:08 to play. H-SC still led 45-32 at 9:45, but three consecutive Sewanee trifectas made it just a four-point game, 45-41, with eight minutes still to go while forcing a Hampden-Sydney timeout. The timeout proved to be beneficial as Hampden-Sydney used an 11-2 spurt to go up by 13 at 3:22 and effectively put the game out of reach.

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Murray tallied game-highs of 22 points and six assists along with a team-high five rebounds. He shot 4-6 from the floor and went 13-16 at the foul line. Duncan came off the bench to tally 12 points, Lewis tacked on nine points, and Alex Smith (Whitsett, NC/T. Wingate Andrews) contributed seven points and four boards.

Carter led Sewanee with 18 points and seven rebounds, Williams added on 16 points, and Marcellus Caldwell posted five points, 11 rebounds, and three steals.

Hampden-Sydney outshot Sewanee 47 percent to 31 percent. H-SC also went 7-14 from three compared to just a 5-25 performance for Sewanee. H-SC also held an overwhelming edge on free throws, going 21-32 compared to 5-7 for Sewanee, and Sewanee didn't attempt a single free throw in the second half.

Carter and Williams of Sewanee and J.J. Hladik of Kean were named to the All-Tournament team.

Hampden-Sydney heads out west to Las Vegas, Nevada, to participate in the D3hoops.com Classic at South Point Arena. The Tigers face-off against Wartburg on Sunday, December 28, at 9 p.m. and Husson at 11 p.m. on Monday, December 29.