WINCHESTER, Va. – Hood scored the final four points of the first half and first four of the second half to open up a 10-point advantage en route to an 85-70 victory over McDaniel in the opening round of the BB&T Tipoff Classic hosted Shenandoah in season-opening men's basketball action on Friday.
Timi Tinuoye (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) recorded 13 points in his debut for the Green Terror (0-1), who will face Methodist in the consolation game on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Cameron Cook paced the Blazers (1-0), who had five players reach double figures, with 19 points.
In a game that featured 70 combined free throws, Hood went 29-for-36 (80.6 percent) from the charity strike while McDaniel was 19-for-34 (55.9).
Clinging to a 32-30 lead after two Tinuoye free throws with 3:02 left in the first half, Noble Cunningham hit a single free throw nearly a minute later and Justin Bowens just beat the first-half buzzer with a triple to push the lead to six at the break.
Two Reggie Daniels free throws and a Terell Buyck layup in the first 30 seconds o the second half stretched the lead to 10.
Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) trimmed the deficit to eight on the next Green Terror possession but Cook responded with a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 burst.
A Tinuoye triple with 7:36 to play capped an 18-6 burst that closed the deficit to 64-58 but Matt Galloway responded with a 3-pointer of his own and McDaniel could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
In a first half that featured five ties and eight lead changes, neither team led by more than five until the Bowens trey at the buzzer.
Brooks had four helpers while Tinuoye led the way on the glass with six boards.