VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Hood College fell to Hampden-Sydney College, 68-65, last night in the first round of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament at the Batten Center on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan.
The Tigers (19-10) advance to the second round and will face the winner of the Virginia Wesleyan-Averett game.
The Tigers and Blazers (21-8), who earned an at-large bid to the tournament, traded baskets in the opening minutes. Hood penetrated the Tigers' interior defense with several layups on a 10-0 run that gave the Blazers a 22-12 lead with 7:14 to play in the half.
But the Tigers countered with a spurt of their own, scoring eight straight points off Hood turnovers to cut the deficit to 22-20 at the 5:49 mark.
Hood clung to a 32-30 edge at halftime, despite Mike Edwards' three-pointer at the buzzer.
Blazers' sophomore Nnamdi Uzoukwu provided a spark off the bench after starters Sean Robine and Jesse Gutekunst were held to limited minutes as a result of foul trouble in the first half.
Uzoukwu scored four points, grabbed a pair of rebounds and blocked a shot. Sophomore Ryan Junghans scored on all three of his first-half field goal attempts for eight points.
Junghans was perfect from the field, making eight field goals for a game-high 23 points.
Gutekunst finished with 11 points while Arthur Claybon scored nine off the bench.
Drew Prehmus led the Tigers with 23 points, including 20 in the second half, while Edwards finished with 14 and Jyri Laakso scored 12.