February 9, 2013

W&L Men's Hoops Falls Short at Randolph

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Randolph senior guard Colton Hunt paced four players in double figures with 17 points as the WildCats defeated Washington and Lee for the fifth straight time, claiming a 64-59 ODAC men's basketball victory on Saturday at the RAD Center. 

W&L (11-12, 6-8) grabbed its first lead of the game at the 9:52 mark of the first half as first-year forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C. / Ravenscroft) nailed a three-pointer to give the Generals a 20-19 lead.  Randolph used an 8-0 run, featuring five points by Hunt, to push back out to a 27-20 lead at the 8:19 mark en route to posting a 34-30 lead at the break.

The Generals knotted the game at 41-41 with 13:49 remaining on a Franz layup, but the WildCats reclaimed the lead the next time down the floor on a three-pointer by first-year guard Corey Brown and never trailed again.  W&L remained within a single possession of tying the game until back-to-back jumpers by junior guard Mike Ehilegbu and Hunt gave RC a seven-point lead (57-50) with 5:54 to play.  The Generals sliced it to a five-point game twice in the final 2:54 but could get no closer as the WildCats improved to 19-4 overall and 10-4 in the ODAC. 

Washington and Lee shot 47.1 percent (24-51) from the floor and committed just 11 turnovers in the contest.  The Generals were led by Franz, who scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds.  Sophomore guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg) tallied 14 points, while sophomore forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va. / Douglas Freeman) notched 12 points and grabbed five boards.  Senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) chipped in six points, eight rebounds and a career-high 11 assists.

Randolph also shot 24-of-51 (.471) from the floor and also committed just 11 turnovers.  However, the WildCats knocked down 9-of-22 (.409) attempts from beyond the arc.  Hunt grabbed 13 rebounds to go with his 17 points, while Ehilegbu notched 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from distance.  Brown and senior center Chris Battaglia both added 14 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Roanoke College for a 7:00 pm contest.

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