LEXINGTON, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney held Washington and Lee to a season-low 36.5 percent (23-63) shooting from the floor, including 28.0 percent (7-25) in the first half, in posting a 72-66 win over the Generals on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.
Holding a slim 4-2 advantage at the 16:22 mark, W&L (11-5, 4-4 ODAC) was held scoreless over the game's next 8:00 as H-SC (9-6, 2-5 ODAC) assumed a 9-4 lead at the 8:22 mark. The Generals missed seven-consecutive shots until sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) converted a layup to pull W&L to within three points (9-6) with just over 8:00 on the clock.
An 11-6 run by the Tigers gave H-SC its largest lead of the first half at 20-12 with 3:46 remaining. W&L promptly reeled off seven-straight points of its own to make it a 20-19 game following a pair of free throws from junior guard Kyle Bond (Boxborough, Mass./Brimmer and May) with 2:20 to play. Hampden-Sydney scored the last three points of the first half to take a 23-19 lead at intermission.
H-SC opened the second period on an 11-2 spurt to assume a 10-point lead (32-22) at the 16:58 mark. The Generals managed to pull to within five points (32-27) just over a minute later, but the Tigers outscored the Generals, 12-2 over the next 3:33, and grabbed their largest lead of the game (15) at 44-29 with 12:32 showing on the clock.
Washington and Lee cut the deficit to five points several times in the game's final minute, but the Generals were unable to pull any closer.
For the Generals, the 36.5 percent shooting percentage marked their lowest of the season, while their 16.7 percent (3-18) mark from three-point range was tied for the second-worst of the season. H-SC shot 50.0 percent (24-48) as a team, including 59.3 percent (16-27) in the second half.
W&L was led by Ey, who tallied a team-high 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Junior guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) tallied 12 points and sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) chipped in 11 points.
First-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) contributed seven points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Ey and first-year forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) grabbed seven rebounds apiece.
Sophomore forward Harrison George (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) led the Tigers with 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the second half alone. Junior guard Ru White (Chesterfield, Va./L.C. Bird) added 13 points and first-year center Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, Va./Maury) grabbed a team-high seven boards.
W&L returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Emory & Henry for a 7:00 pm contest.