Lynchburg Men’s Basketball Hold Tough in First Half, fall to Tigers 79-70

For immediate release – 1/9/2013 - #211

Lynchburg Men's Basketball Hold Tough in First Half, fall to Tigers 79-70

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College men's basketball team faced a tough challenge in Hampden-Sydney College, keeping a deep Tiger squad at bay for most of the game before falling 79-70 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action Wednesday night.

The Hornets outscored the Tigers, 31-27, in the first half. The defense managed to hold Hampden-Sydney to 11% from the three-point line in the first half, a big reason why LC controlled the first period.

LC took its largest lead of the game in the first half, 29-17, when freshman Austen Arnold knocked down a three pointer with 6:23 remaining.

The Tigers would go on a 10-2 run to end with half with four points each coming from Greg Lewis and Harrison George.

Lynchburg ended the run when the second half started thanks to an old-fashioned three point play by junior Manny Hernandez. Senior Austin Chillemi added a layup in front of another Hernandez free throw and the Hornets were back up ten, 40-30, with 16:43 remaining in the game.

Hampden-Sydney caught fire the rest of the game, shooting 55.6% in the second half, opposed to 35.5% in the first. This shooting led to ten straight points to tie the game back at 40. Those points were part of a 27-5 Tiger run to pull away 57-45 with just over seven minutes remaining.

Senior Michael Wims led Lynchburg (11-3/2-3 ODAC) in scoring with 19 points to go along with six boards. Chillemi joined him in double-figures with 10, in addition to five blocks. Junior Xavier Parham had six points and a game-high nine assists.

Mike Murray led Hampden-Sydney (12-2/4-1 ODAC) in scoring with 15 points. Khobi Williamson had 14.

Lynchburg College travels to Roanoke on Saturday, January 12 for an ODAC game set to tip at 2 p.m.