Lynchburg, Va. -- The No. 7-seeded Lynchburg College men's basketball team brought down the 10th-seeded Hampden-Sydney Tigers in the first round of ODAC playoff action by a score of 84-63 Tuesday night in Turner Gymnasium.
Junior wing Austin Wrighten (Woodbridge, Va.) scored a career high 27 points as he was able to get to the free throw line, where he shot 10-for-14. Wrighten was a rebound away from his second straight double-double as he led the game with nine boards.
Senior forward Logan Seacrist (Fredericksburg, Va.) added 13 points and five rebounds thanks to an efficient 4-for-5 effort from the field, which included two three-pointers. Freshman big man T.C. Thacker (Madison Heights, Va.) was solid inside as he scored 11 points while rejecting three shots and snagging six rebounds.
The Tigers were led by sophomore point guard Chaise Johnson with 17 points and two thefts.
Final: Lynchburg 84, Hampden-Sydney 63
Records: Lynchburg 15-11, Hampden-Sydney 6-20
Venue: Turner Gymnasium, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hornets started the game efficiently from the field and solid on the defensive end as they built a 13-3 lead in the the first five minutes.
Lynchburg recorded four steals and four blocks in a first-half defensive effort that helped hold the Tigers to only 21 points compared to the Hornets' 36.
The second half was a different story, as the Hornets attempted a whopping 28 free throws, converting on 19 of their attempts.
Austin Wrighten scored 16 of his 27 points after halftime, never allowing the Tigers to come closer than 13 points.
The Hornets shot 50.9 percent from the field compared to the Tigers' 30.6 percent effort from the field, a key component to the Hornets victory.
The No. 7-seeded Hornets will travel to the Salem Civic Center to play the No. 2 seed Roanoke Maroons on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the second round of the ODAC Tournament.