Panther Men Make It Two Straight With Win Over Hampden-Sydney

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FERRUM, Virginia — The Ferrum College men’s basketball team held on to beat the Tigers of Hampden-Sydney College inside of Swartz Gymnasium Tuesday night, 70-63. The win draws the Panthers even with a 2-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference record and a 3-3 record overall.

RECORDS
Ferrum (3-3, 2-2 ODAC)
Hampden-Sydney (0-4, 0-3 ODAC)

THE BASICS
The first half was played evenly throughout the first eight minutes. Neither team was able to extend the lead beyond a two-possession game. A Darius Kemp free throw with 11:53 to go in the first stanza pushed the Panther lead to 20-12. The Tigers wouldn’t let it get too out of hand, matching the Panther scoring output down the stretch, but Ferrum would extend the lead to 45-30 at the halftime break with a Kajuan Madden-McAfee deep trey as time expired.

Madden-McAfee had a big opening half, recording 11 points for the Panthers and standing as the only double-figure scorer for either team. Carrington Young had a busy first half as well, scoring four points to go along with five boards. For Hampden-Sydney, it was a balanced output. Jack Wyatt and Ryan Clements each had seven points and Chase Turner was close behind with six points.

The second half saw the Panthers quickly push the lead to 20 with 17:20 to go. Hampden-Sydney would answer with a three, only to be matched with a Kalip Jones trey to push it back to 20 at the 16:21 mark. The Tigers would then go on a 17-0 run spanning just under 10 minutes of gameplay, cutting the lead to just three. Madden-McAfee would end the long drought with a trey, and the Panthers would not look back. A DJ Wright three off of a steal with 1:21 would bring the Tigers to within one score, but Ferrum would hold on in route to their second straight ODAC victory.

Madden-McAfee was the hot hand in the closing stanza as well for the Panthers, recording 12 points including two big treys in the closing minutes. Madden-McAfee also led the way in the rebound department with six. Hunter Ladler came up big for the Panthers down the stretch as well, chasing down five boards. For the Tigers, Wright came alive in the second half, scoring 11 of his 13 in the final 20:00. Clements was busy as well for Hampden-Sydney down the stretch, recording eight points.

KEY STATS
Ferrum: Madden-McAfee 23 pts, 9 reb; Young 8 pts, 9 reb; Helton 9 pts; Ladler 4 pts, 8 reb
Hampden-Sydney: Clements 15 pts; Wright 13 pts; Hardy 9 pts, 7 reb

BEHIND THE WHISTLE
“Good team win. I thought our guys really had it going offensively in the first half, but our defense anchored us the entire game. Even through the lulls, we found ways to get stops. Proud of our effort and resolve down the stretch to finish the game.” –Head Coach Tyler Sanborn

UP NEXT
Head Coach Tyler Sanborn’s squad will be back in action Friday, February 5 at Bridgewater College to take on the Eagles for the second time in three games. The contest inside of Nininger Hall will serve as a non-conference game.

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