Fast-paced play sparks Tiger basketball
The Tigers were picked to finish second in the ODAC pre-season poll and were tabbed #23 in the D3hoops.com Pre-season Top-25 Poll. Junior Harrison George (pictured at right) was also picked as a Pre-season Fourth-Team All-American by D3hoops.com.
The Tigers are utilizing an exciting brand of basketball with full-court pressure defense and fast-break offense with lots of dunks. The style of play has led to tons of points being scored, an average of 87.4 points a game. H-SC has scored 80 or more points in five of their eight games and 70+ points in all eight.
The Tigers got the season off to a roaring start down in Alabama for the Huntingdon College Classic. They opened their season with a 99-86 win over LaGrange College and blew out host Huntingdon 98-71 to win the Classic. H-SC then dropped a tight 81-79 contest to Methodist, but followed it up with and 89-67 win over Shenandoah in the South Region Hoops Challenge on the campus of Mary Washington. Hampden-Sydney then lost their second game of the Hoops Challenge 73-70 to USA South Athletic Conference pre-season favorite North Carolina Wesleyan.
The Tigers opened up their home slate on November 30 with an impressive 108-65 thrashing of Eastern Mennonite and cruised to an 81-72 win over Ferrum College. In the Ferrum contest, George scored 26 points en route to scoring his 1,000th career point. H-SC then rounded out their fall-semester schedule on December 7 with an impressive 75-53 victory over Randolph College.
The Tigers are showing off a dazzling display on the offensive end this year, torching the nets with a 52.1% field-goal percentage while also converting on 34.2% of their three pointers. Perhaps even more impressive has been the defense thus far. H-SC is limiting opponents to 71 points, a 42.3% field-goal percentage, a 30.1% conversion rate from beyond the arc, and 21.1 turnovers a game for a 0.49 assist-to-turnover ratio.
George is leading the team in scoring at 17.4 points a game on 66.7% shooting while also adding 6.0 rebounds a game, six blocks, and 12 steals while averaging just 19.6 minutes. Senior Ben Jessee is posting 10.4 points a night and needs just 61 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau, while sophomore Khobi Williamson is checking in with 10.4 points and team-highs of 8.2 rebounds and 11 blocks.
The Tigers return to the court on December 29-30 as they host Pitt-Greensburg, John Jay, and Frostburg State in the Bojangles Christmas Classic.