Men's basketball falls at Hampden-Sydney

Keith Claiborne Jr. (Photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)
Keith Claiborne Jr. (Photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. - The Hood College men's basketball dropped a 77-72 final score at Hampden-Sydney on the first day of the Hampden-Sydney Holiday Classic. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Mason Wang led four Blazers in double figures with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting with three 3-point field goals. 
  • Michael Riley went 5-of-11 from 3-point range on his way to 17 points.
  • Evan Wang paced Hood with seven rebounds and eight assists while chipping in with 10 points. 
  • Tyler Evans scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting. 
  • The Blazers went 13-of-30 from 3-point range (43 percent). 

How it Happened

  • The Tigers led for the first 11 minutes, 30 seconds of the game before a jumper by Keith Claiborne Jr. gave Hood a 22-21 advantage. 
  • Hampden-Sydney followed with eight straight points and went ahead 29-22 on a layup by Chase Turner with 6:44 left in the half. 
  • Hood closed out the first half with an 18-6 run. Christopher Smalls started the run with a bucket at the 5:08 mark and the Wang brothers combined with Claiborne to score the next 16 as the Blazers went into halftime leading 42-37. 
  • Riley opened the second half with a 3-pointer to give Hood its biggest lead, 45-37. Hampden-Sydney followed with a 10-0 run to take a 47-45 lead with 16:04 left. The two sides traded the lead four times in the next 2:30 before Chaise Johnson gave the Tigers a four-point lead with 12:56 to go, 55-51. 
  • Hood tied the game one time after that when a Mason Wang 3-pointer locked it up at 57-57 with 11:06 left. Johnson knocked down a 3-pointer of his own exactly a minute later to give Hampden-Sydney the lead for good. 

Notes

  • Jack Wyatt scored a game-high 23 points for the Tigers. Ryan Clements added 19 points to go along with nine rebounds and eight assists. Johnson scored a dozen off the bench while Jake Hahn recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. 
  • The Blazers had an uncharacteristically tough day at the free throw line, converting just 9-of-19. The Tigers went 13-of-18. 
  • Hampden-Sydney committed just seven turnovers in the game, the fewest by a Hood opponent this season. The Blazers also took good care of the ball, turning it over just 11 times. 
  • The Blazers dropped to 8-2 on the year. The Tigers improved to 5-5, which includes a loss to Division I Coastal Carolina to open the year.

Up Next 

Hood finishes action at the Hampden-Sydney Holiday Classic against Ferrum on December 30 at 4 p.m.