Men's Basketball: Hampden-Sydney downs Panthers at Huntingdon tournament
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Hampden-Sydney downed LaGrange 99-86 in the opening round of the Huntingdon College Classic on Friday. The Panthers (1-1) suffered their first loss of the season, while the Tigers were opening their 2011-12 season.
The Panthers had five players in double figures in the game. Peter Munch had 16 points off the bench to lead the team. Marcus Vaughn added 15 points, Joey Anderkavich 13, Aaron Power, Denzel Robinson 11 each.
Hampden-Sydney also had five players in double figures. Harrison George led all scorers with 19 points. Ben Jessee had 17 points, Khobi Williamson had 15, Ru White 14 and Randall Ward 12.
Hampden-Sydney shot 68.2 percent from the floor in the second half and for the game 58.6 percent. The Panthers shot 47.5 percent in the game; 53.3 percent in the second half.
The Tigers controlled the rebounding in the game with a 38-26 edge. Williamson and George each had a game-high eight rebounds for the Tigers. Power and Xavier Sherman had four rebounds each for the Panthers.
The Panthers led only once in the game. Blake Craft made one of two free throws after a technical was called on Hampden-Sydney to start the game.
Williamson put down a dunk for the Tigers and they never trailed again. The Tigers led by as many as 22 points in the first half and led 51-35 at halftime.
Anderkavich's jumper in the paint got the Panthers within 12, 54-42, three minutes into the second half. The Tigers opened up a 20 point lead three times in the second half.
Trailing 81-61 with eight minutes left, the Panthers chipped away at the deficit. Munch hit a three-pointer and added a pair of free throws on the next possession to make it 91-80. Vaughn made a steal and then two free throws to make it a nine point game with two minutes left.
The Tigers put the game out of reach on a dunk by Cam Anderson and a pair of free throws by Jessee to open a 13-point lead with 30 seconds left. Power scored on a layup for the 99-86 final.
The Panthers face Concordia-Selma in the final game of the tournament Saturday at 3 p.m. CST.