Men’s College Basketball Hampden-Sydney 73 — North Carolina Wesleyan 60
Published 6:25 pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015
THE BASICS: Final score: H-SC 73, North Carolina Wesleyan 60. Records: Hampden-Sydney 1-1, North Carolina Wesleyan 1-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Tigers trailed 7-0 four minutes in and found themselves down 24-11 with 8:25 left in the first half as cold shooting, turnovers and numerous NCW offensive rebounds fueled the Battling Bishops. H-SC then went on a 16-4 run propelled by five different scorers to find themselves down just one, 28-27, with 3:21 on the clock. H-SC scored five of the last six points in the frame to go into halftime leading 32-31. After trailing by 13, the Tigers outscored the Battling Bishops 21-7 in the last 8:25 of the opening half, holding NCW to 3-12 shooting with four turnovers. Jesse Simpson opened the half for North Carolina Wesleyan with a three-pointer to take back the lead, but two buckets from Hunter Kuehn (Raleigh, NC/Sanderson) and a Mike Murray (Norfolk/Norfolk Christian) layup put the Tigers out in front 38-34. After a Devontae Williams layup, Jake Duncan (Williamsburg/Williamsburg Christian) drained back-to-back three-pointers to give H-SC a 44-36 lead at 16:09. The lead continued to float between 4-8 points until the 1:22 mark when NC Wesleyan began fouling and the Tigers made 9-of-10 down the stretch to seal the win.
TIGER TOP PERFORMERS: Josh Katowitz (Raleigh, N.C./Heritage) led all Tigers with 10 points; Murray tallied nine points, five rebounds and five assists while committing just one turnover in 25 minutes; Guimarães posted a team-high eight rebounds to go with six points; Duncan contributed nine points and three boards as he shot 3-for-6 from three; Josh Lancaster (Charlotte, N.C. / Phillip O. Berry), playing against his former school, scored seven points.
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FOR THE FOE: Devontae Williams notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds; Jesse Simpson and D.J. Weaver each scored 11; Adrian Moore added on 12.
STATS OF THE GAME: Thirteen Tigers saw action in the game and all 13 scored. Hampden-Sydney’s defense held NCW to a 28.8 percent performance from the floor, but allowed 30 offensive rebounds that NCW converted into 17 second chance points. Despite the large number of offensive rebounds allowed, H-SC still maintained a 39-36 advantage on the boards. The Tigers offense had an impressive shooting performance, converting 61.9 percent of their shot attempts and going 6-12 from deep range, but committed 22 turnovers resulting in 20 Battling Bishop points off turnovers. The H-SC bench accounted for 38 points, accounting for 52 percent of the Tiger points.
UP NEXT: Hampden-Sydney travels to Washington and Lee on Wednesday, Dec. 2, for a 7 p.m. matchup.