Bob Jones University senior basketball player Hannah Tompkins earned Player of the Game honors last Friday night, scoring 25 points to lead the Bruins to an 83-78 victory over visiting Allen University.
The PlanFirst Player of the Game honor is awarded after every Bob Jones basketball game. Tompkins has earned the honor on other occasions this season, most recently following a victory over Pensacola Christian on Jan. 15.
Tompkins made her presence felt in the fourth quarter after Allen had gone on a 19-2 run over the final 5:39 of the third quarter and the first half-minute of the fourth. The Yellow Jackets’ run had turned a 13-point BJU lead into a four-point deficit.
“Coach (Mike LeViere) tells us all the time that we need to stay strong in the game no matter what happens and have mental toughness,” Tompkins said. “We knew we needed to keep moving forward and keep looking up.”
Tompkins put the Bruins (13-10) ahead for good when she knocked down a 3-pointer with 8:09 remaining for a 63-60 Bob Jones lead. On her team’s next possession, she grabbed a rebound that led to a score for teammate Sha’ron Brunson, then dialed long distance again at the 5:21 mark, after Allen had closed to within one point again.
With 3:59 to play and Bob Jones clinging to a 70-68 lead, Tompkins made it rain again, knocking down her third trey in just over four minutes. She ended her night by going 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final minute as the Bruins held on for the win.
For the night, the 2012 Surry Homeschool graduate was 6-for-10 from the field, all of them 3-pointers, and hit seven of eight free throws in 31 minutes of action.
In her team’s previous game, three nights earlier against Warren Wilson College, Tompkins sank the game-clinching free throws with nine seconds remaining in a 76-72 victory.
The Bruins are off until Wednesday, when they travel to Columbia (S.C.) International University.