LYNCHBURG, Va.—Sophomore Jack Wyatt/Richmond scored a career-high 23 points, adding eight rebounds, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a 108-99 non-conference basketball decision to Pfeiffer University on Sunday afternoon in Lynchburg. Junior Jake Hahn/Ruckersville added his second consecutive double-double for the Tigers (0-3) with 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, while freshman Ryan Clements/Conyers, Ga. scored a career-high 18 points. Craig Sabb scored a game-high 26 points for the Falcons (1-2), while Jamaal David added 23 points, on the final day of the Wayne Proffitt Classic hosted by the University of Lynchburg.
"When you play a team like Pfeiffer, you really have to control the tempo of the game, and we struggled to do that today," said first-year head coach Caleb Kimbrough. "We will never be okay with losing, but there were some positives as we went deep into our bench and got some good minutes from guys that haven't seen a lot of playing time this year. Once every one of our players decides to commit to our team, we will begin to come out on the winning end of things."
H-SC got scoring from six different Tigers early in taking an 18-12 advantage at 11:04 of the first half—Hahn and Wyatt leading the way with four quick points each. Pfeiffer used a 12-3 run to go ahead 24-21 at 7:57, but H-SC battled back with an 11-5 run of its own to lead 32-29 at 4:45 after back-to-back baskets from Wyatt. The Tigers still led 45-43 with 1:49 left in the half following two free throws by Clements. The Falcons, however, closed with an 11-2 run to lead 54-47 at the intermission.
Pfeiffer extended its advantage to 60-49 early in the second half with 18:04 remaining. H-SC once-again fought back, this time with a 15-2 outburst to lead 64-62 at 16:08—getting two three-point field goals from Johnson and one triple each from Wyatt and senior Kevin Quinn/Apex, N.C., who added a free throw, as well, along with a layup from Hahn. The Tigers took their last lead of the contest at 79-76 with 10:05 left to play when freshman Chinguun Ganbold/Fairfax scored on a layup. Unfortunately, the Falcons scored 10 unanswered points to lead 86-79 at 8:30, extending the run to 16-2 for a 92-81 advantage with 7:21 remaining. H-SC continued to battle down the stretch, but could get no closer than 99-95 at 1:30 after another three-pointer by Quinn.
Wyatt led H-SC with his career-high 23 points, including 10-13 field goals (1-1 3FGs, 2-2 FTs), adding his eight rebounds, as well. Hahn finished with his second double-double in two games of 19 points and a game-high and career-high 11 rebounds for the Tigers. Clements added a career-high 18 points, along with six rebounds and a game-high five assists. Quinn contributed 13 points, and senior Chaise Johnson/Richmond had 12 points as all five starters scored in double figures. H-SC shot 56% (37-66) from the field, including 40% (8-20) on three-pointers, and 77% (17-22) at the free throw line.
Sabb led Pfeiffer with his game-high 26 points, adding a game-high six steals, as well. David finished with 23 points and six rebounds for the Falcons. Sean Scott contributed 16 points, and Josiah Avington had 15 points. Pfeiffer shot 57% (37-65) from the field, including 37% (13-35) on three-pointers, and 75% (21-28) at the line.
H-SC will play on the road at Gallaudet University on Wednesday night, November 20, at 7 p.m. in Washington, D.C.