Hampden-Sydney College runs over EMU in home blowout

Published 6:57 pm Saturday, January 13, 2024

The Tigers ran Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) out of the building. On Saturday, the No. 1 ranked Hampden-Sydney College took control early and didn’t let up, dominating EMU 102-61 to pick up another home win at Kirby Field House. 

The win marked Hampden-Sydney’s ninth-straight, as they improved to 14-1 overall, 6-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The visiting Royals, who trailed 49-26 at halftime, dropped to 4-12 overall, 0-8 in the ODAC-led by Julien Hagerman with 12 points.

“The guys came to play today,” said fifth-year head coach Caleb Kimbrough. “We moved the ball well and played together on both ends of the floor. When we play for each other, we are a strong team! Also, shout-out to my wife Marlee for throwing an awesome birthday party for our son, Nash, at the game. It was great to see another great crowd!”

Breaking down the game 

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Hampden-Sydney scored the first seven points and never really looked back. The Tigers extended the lead to 15-5 with 13:32 on the clock courtesy of the first of five three-pointers off the bench by junior Ayman McGowan. The Garnet & Grey pushed the advantage to 26-5 at 10:52 following a slam dunk from Ryan Clements, assisted by sophomore Shane Fernald, who had made a steal, as well, to finish a 14-0 run. Hampden-Sydney took its largest lead of the half at 32-8 with 9:20 on the clock after a basket inside by senior Alex Elliott, once-again assisted by Brazil. 

EMU used four consecutive three-pointers to close to within 32-22 at 5:04, but that was as close as it would get. The home team outscored the Royals 17-4 over the final 4:50 of the opening 20 minutes to lead comfortably at the intermission, 49-26, with scoring from six different players and finished by senior Davidson Hubbard with a last-second slam dunk of his own.

Hampden-Sydney began the second half strong and extended its margin to 70-38 at 13:41 after another three-pointer by McGowan, while Hubbard scored nine quick points, and the Tigers led 77-42 at 11:16 following a floater in the lane by McGowan. 

EMU was never closer than 30 points thereafter, trailing 84-54 with 6:42 left to play after a pair of free throws. The Garnet & Grey used a quick 10-0 run to lead 94-54 at 4:31 following a driving layup from junior Nick Shryock, with Clements scoring four points, and the home team took their largest lead at 102-57 with 1:37 remaining after a three-pointer by sophomore Kolby Wright, who was playing in his first game this season. Overall, all 17 players dressed saw action for H-SC, and 14 different Tigers scored in the contest toward a season-high of 102 points.

Hampden-Sydney, by the numbers

Hubbard led Hampden-Sydney College with his game-high 23 points on an efficient 9-12 field goals, including 2-3 three-pointers, and 3-3 free throws, adding seven rebounds. McGowan finished with his career-high 17 points, including 5-12 three-pointers, and two assists in 15 minutes for the Tigers. Clements contributed his 12 points and game-high eight assists that tied his career-high, as well. Adam Brazil had nine points, five assists, four rebounds and one steal. Shryock added a season-high eight points and career-highs of seven rebounds and four assists in 13 minutes. Hardy, Fernald and Wright each had six points, the latter making 2-3 three-pointers, while Fernald added a career-high six assists. Elliott finished with a game-high nine rebounds. 

Hampden-Sydney College shot a season-high 58% (43-74) from the field, including 42% (11-26) on three-pointers, and 50% (5-10) at the free throw line. The Tigers had a season-high 34 assists, the most since the 2011-12 season, and enjoyed a 60-12 advantage in points scored in the paint, as well as a 50-21 advantage in bench points.

Hagerman led EMU with his 12 points. DaiJordan Brown added 11 points and five rebounds for the Royals. EMU shot 33% (20-61) from the field, including 31% (12-39) on three-pointers, and 69% (9-13) at the line.

Up next for Hampden-Sydney College

The Tigers will go on the road next week, playing ODAC opponent Randolph College on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. in Lynchburg.

To read the feature on Tigers forward Davidson Hubbard, click here.