FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College's Tyler Evans helped the Blazers keep pace with a hot-shooting Southern Virginia squad and a driving layup by Mason Wang with three seconds left to score a 93-91 win on the first night of the MMI Tip Off Tournament.
Inside the Box Score
- Evans scored a career-high 27 points, easily surpassing his previous career-best of 12. Evans shot 7-of-11 from the field, 3-of-6 from 3-point distance and went 10-of-13 at the free-throw line.
- Wang came on strong down the stretch, scoring the Blazers' final nine points to finish with 26 on the night. Wang went 8-of-18 shooting and 10-of-11 at the line. Both players had six rebounds and Evans led the team with four steals.
- Evan Wang dished out seven assists and scored 14 points. Christopher Smalls finished with a career-high 11 points.
How it Happened
- Mason Wang's heroics capped off a comeback from a double-digit deficit. Hood trailed 66-53 with 14:18 to go after Brycen Harris knocked down a pair of free throws. Evans scored the final six points of a 10-0 run by the Blazers that cut the Knights' lead to 66-63 at the 11:55 mark.
- Ricky Stafford's jumper stretched it back to a 10-point lead for Southern Virginia, 74-64, just 90 seconds later. Hood gradually chipped away and pulled within 81-79 with 4:56 remaining. Wang was tied with 1:37 left and knocked down both free throws to tie the game at 87-87. Stafford missed a 3-pointer at the other end. The Knights got the offensive rebound but Trey Dill turned the ball over. Wang scored with 40 seconds to go to give Hood its first lead since 20-18 with 12:42 left in the first half.
- An offensive foul turned the ball over for the Knights on the next possession and Wang hit two free throws with 20 seconds left. With 12 seconds left, Stafford hit a 3-pointer and was fouled. He sank the ensuing foul shot to tie the game. Hood inbounded the ball and Wang held ran the clock down before driving in for the game-winner.
- The Blazers overcame a 57 percent shooting night by Southern Virginia by forcing 22 turnovers and turning them into 30 points. Hood went 34-of-44 at the foul line (77 percent), while the Knights hit only 16-of-26 (62 percent).
- Stafford finished with 22 points, two more than teammate Sam Armstrong. Armstrong went 6-of-12 from behind the arc and Stafford was 5-of-8 with eight assists.
With the win, Hood takes on Lynchburg in the championship game of the MMI Tip Off Tournament on November 9 at 3 p.m. The Knights will play Albertus Magnus in the consolation game at 1 p.m.