Halftime Deficit Proves Too Large for Guilford

Halftime Deficit Proves Too Large for Guilford

The Guilford College men's basketball faced Hampden-Sydney in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) road matchup. Despite out scoring the Tigers in the second half, the Quakers were unable to overcome a 15-point deficit  and fell 62-58.

Coming out of halftime, Guilford (10-4, 6-1) trailed 38-23 and went to work cutting the deficit. The Quakers opened the second half with a 7-0 run including five points from Julius Burch. Hampden-Sydney (10-5, 5-3) ended the run at the 116:14 mark but GC scored 10 of the next 11 points to pull within one (41-40).

The Tigers responded with a run of their own (10-3) to go ahead 51-43 with 10:19 to go in regulation. Over the next five minutes, the Quakers went 5-8 from the field to tie the game (54-54) for the first time all evening.

Hampden-Sydney scored six-straight points over the next three minutes to go back in front, 60-54, with 1:14 left in the second half. A layup by Burch and two Jaylen Gore free throws narrowed the gap but the Tigers made two free throws to secure the four-point win.

Liam Ward led Guilford with 14 points with 12 points coming from Tyler Dearman. Burch narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds (7 off., 6 def.).

The first half was mostly Hampden-Sydney as the hosts opened the game with an 11-2 run. The Quakers out scored the Tigers over the next 4:47 to trail by five (15-10).

Unfortunately, this was the closest Guilford got to the hosts as Hampden-Sydney grew its lead to double digits. As the halftime horn sounded, the Tigers were ahead 38-23.

The Quakers shot 36.7-percent from the field and were 7-27 (25.9%) from distance. The Tigers out rebounded GC 43-34 in the game.

Guilford stays on the road on Saturday, January 29 to face Bridgewater College. Tip-off is 2:00 p.m.