Tigers win Blue Jay Invitational in overtime
THE BASICS: Final Score: Hampden-Sydney 75, Johns Hopkins 70. Records: H-SC 9-2, Johns Hopkins 4-6. Location: Baltimore, Md. – Goldfarb Gym.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The game was back and forth with nine ties and eight lead changes. H-SC led 31-28 at halftime and opened up the second half with a 39-32 advantage two minutes in, but JHU scored seven straight to tie the game at 15:47. The Tigers led 56-54 at the 7:20 mark and extended it to 61-54 with 2:45 to play in regulation. Kyle Doran tied the game with three seconds left, and Murray’s 1/3 court three-pointer at the buzzer beater banked off the backboard to sent the game to overtime.Following two Andrew Evans free throws, H-SC led 68-64 at 2:41, but JHU tied the game at 70-70 with 61 seconds remaining. The Tiger defense held JHU to just one field goal attempt the rest of the way as Evans and Guilherme Guimaraes combined to go 5-for-6 on free throws in the final 37 seconds.
TIGER TOP PERFORMERS: Mike Murray (Norfolk/Norfolk Christian) was named Tournament MVP while Evans (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) was named to the All-Tournament team. Evans led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points along with four rebounds. He shot 3-5 overall, 3-3 from three, and 6-6 on free throws. JaVonte Reddick (Richmond/L.C. Bird) posted 13 points and he went 3-4 from three range. Guimaraes contributed 11 points and four boards. Katowitz tacked on four points, eight caroms, three assists and three blocks. Murray totaled seven points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Mitch Owens (Williamsburg/Walsingham) put up eight points and seven boards.
STATS OF THE GAME: H-SC held another opponent to under 40 percent shooting, limiting the Blue Jays to a 36.4 percent performance.
UP NEXT: Hampden-Sydney travels to Randolph-Macon on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest.