WINCHESTER, Va. - Hood College survived a last minute comeback bid by Shenandoah to spoil the Hornets' Body Renew Tip Off Classic with a 71-68 win in the championship game.
Bolen turned in his first career double-double in the championship victory. He scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. Bolen added six assists and two blocks, leading Hood in all four categories.
Ian Eversull got free under the basket for several easy scores in the first half and finished with 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting. The sophomore had six rebounds. Ruths added 12 points.
The Blazers, who led 42-31 at halftime, stretched the advantage to as many as 13 in the second half. Shenandoah began to cut into the lead, but a pair of free throws by Trevor Magnuski gave Hood a seven-point edge, 68-61, with 1:28 remaining. Bolen blocked a 3-point attempt on Shenandoah's next possession, but the Hornets kept the ball and Kaimonne Douglas sank a 3-pointer to make it 68-64. With 29 seconds left Derrick Perry stole the ball and slammed it home to cut Hood's lead to three, 69-66.
The teams traded free throws and Hood defended a pair of 3-point attempts to hold on for the win.
Shenandoah started fast, opening the game with an 8-0 run. Hood quickly regrouped with an 18-3 spurt and never trailed again. Bolen scored nine points during the run.
Hood led 42-31 at halftime.
Douglas paced Shenandoah with 13 points. Malcolm Clark scored a dozen points, while Evan Bates added 10.
The Blazers outrebounded the Hornets 46-32 and outscored them 38-22 in the paint.
Hood made the most of its trips to the free throw line, sinking 21-of-25 (84 percent).
The Blazers return to BB&T Arena to face Goucher on November 22 at 7 p.m.