Men's basketball falls despite 25 each from Riley, Wang

Michael Riley (Photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)
Michael Riley (Photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. - Hood College's Michael Riley and Mason Wang combined for 50 points but the Blazers could not keep pace with Ferrum in an 86-81 loss in the Hampden-Sydney Holiday Classic. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Riley hit three 3-pointers and went 10-of-13 at the free throw line. He added a team-high eight rebounds. 
  • Wang went 12-of-13 at the line and added seven boards and four assists. 
  • Evan Wang scored 11 points and had four steals. 
  • Hood finished 29-of-35 at the free throw line (83 percent). 

How it Happened

  • The Blazers used an 18-7 run in the first half to build a 31-17 lead. Riley had eight points during the run and Mason Wang knocked down a pair of free throws to put Hood ahead by 14 with 4:56 to go in the half. 
  • Jamal Scott and Nick Helton combined for 11 points down the stretch as the Panthers chipped away down the stretch, pulling within 34-33 at halftime after closing the half with a 16-3 run.
  • The momentum carried over to the second half as Ferrum shot 56 percent once play resumed. Helton hit a 3-pointer just 16 seconds into the half to put the Panthers in front. Wang reclaimed the lead 41-39 with 18:10 to go, the second of 10 ties or lead changes over the first seven minutes of the second half. A 3-pointer by Ryan Hollwedel put the Blazers in front 49-47 with 13:48 to play but Kajuan Madden-McAfee gave the Panthers a 50-49 lead. 
  • Rashad Reed scored 14 of Ferrum's next 16 points as the Panthers built a 70-60 lead with 6:25 to go on a field goal by Reed. 
  • Hood did not go quietly, answering with a 15-4 run. Mason Wang score seven points in the run but it was his twin brother Evan who came up with a steal and a layup that put the Blazers on top 75-74 with 2:39 left. The lead was shortlived, however, as Madden-McAfee hit a 3-pointer on the Panthers' next possession to give them the lead for good. 

Notes

  • Reed scored all 22 of his points in the second half to lead five Ferrum players in double figures. 
  • Helton added 16 and James Smith Jr. and Madden-McAfee came off the bench for 11 and 10 points, respectively. 
  • Marcus Plair recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. 
  • Hood slipped to 8-3 while Ferrum jumped to 6-5. 

Up Next

Hood stays on the road with a Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth contest at Alvernia on January 4.