BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Hampden-Sydney, Division III's leader in field goal percentage, heated up in the second half Saturday to defeat the Bridgewater Eagles, 82-69, in ODAC action.
Hampden-Sydney (12-3, 6-1 ODAC) entered the game shooting a gaudy 53 percent from the field, but the Eagles limited the Tigers to just 41.2 percent in the first half and trailed by just five at the half, 36-31.
The teams traded points early with the Eagles taking a 12-11 lead on a layup by Matthew Hunter with 14:25 left in the first half.
The Tigers then hit the Eagles with an 8-0 spurt to take the lead for good. Ru White scored on a layup and Harrison George scored the next four points, giving the Tigers a 17-11 lead. Cam Anderson then capped the run with a layup, making the score 19-12.
The Eagles withstood the early Sydney run and pulled back to within one, 23-22, with 7:19 left in the half. With the score 23-16, Ronnie Thomas converted a three-point play and Tavis Stapleton followed with a long 3-pointer to trim the Tigers lead to one.
Sasha Obradovic answered Stapleton's three with one of his own and George hit two foul shots for a 28-22 Hampden-Sydney lead.
Aaron Adams scored on a jumper for the Eagles, but Khobi Williamson hit consecutive baskets down the lead to put the Tigers up 32-24.
The Eagles continued to battle and a dunk by Adams cut the lead to six. Randall White knocked down a jumper for the Tigers before Cody Griffith drained a 3-pointer to pull the Eagles to within five, 34-29, with 2:08 left in the half.
A layup by Fletcher Lumpkin put the Tigers back up by seven, but David Larson threw down a dunk for the Eagles with just 32 seconds left in the half, trimming the Tigers lead back to five, 36-31, at the break.
The Tigers shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half and were able to hold off the Eagles in the final 20 minutes.
Ben Jessie opened the second half with five quick points to give the Tigers a 10-point lead. The Eagles continued to battle and a 10-4 spurt cut the margin. Larson hit a pair of hoops and Griffith and Adams connected from beyond the arc to cut the Tigers' lead to 45-41.
Hampden-Sydney answered with a 10-0 spurt to take a 14-point lead. Obradovic hit a pair of 3-pointers and Anderson added four points to put the Tigers on top 55-41, with 12:11 left in the game.
That turned out to be the biggest lead of the game as the Eagles clawed back and cut the lead under double figures several times. Two free throws by Adams pulled Bridgewater to within seven, 67-60, with 4:06 left, but the Eagles would get no closer as the Tigers closed out the road victory.
The Eagles outrebounded the taller Tigers, 42-40, with Thomas leading the way with 10 boards.
Adams paced the Eagles in scoring with 16 points while Thomas completed a double-double with 15 points. Griffith scored 12 points and Ed Reddick added 10 for the Eagles.
George and Sasha Obradovic each scored 14 to lead the Tigers.
Bridgewater is now 4-11 overall and 1-5 in the conference.