February 22, 2014

R-MC Staves Off W&L Men's Hoops Upset Bid, 68-62

LEXINGTON, Va. – The 20th-ranked Randolph-Macon men's basketball team closed the game with a 20-6 run to post a 68-62 victory over Washington and Lee on Saturday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (6-19, 3-13) trailed for just 1:10 of game action before the Yellow Jackets' (20-5, 14-2) game-ending run began with W&L leading 56-48 at the 6:42 mark of the second half.  Senior forward Andre Simon (Newport News, Va./Menchville) jumped started the run by making back-to-back layups, followed by a jumper from junior forward Chris Hamilton (Bellbrook, Ohio/Bellbrook) at the 5:14 mark to make it 56-54 in favor of W&L.  Sophomore guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y./Rye Country Day) then drilled a triple to extend the Generals' lead to 59-54 with 4:49 left, but R-MC held the Generals scoreless over the next 3:41 to assume a 64-59 lead with 1:08 remaining. 

Junior forward Joe Hassell (Portsmouth, Va./Indian River) did much of the damage during the run, scoring six points and the Yellow Jackets used a 10-0 run to assume the lead for good.

Senior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) made a layup with 51 seconds left to cut it to a three-point game (64-61), but Randolph-Macon made 4-of-6 free throws in the final 48 seconds to stave off the upset.

W&L led by as many as 11 points (16-5) in the opening 20 minutes en route to a 29-26 halftime lead.  The Generals maintained their advantage until junior guard Marcus Badger (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) gave R-MC a brief 35-34 lead following an old fashioned three-point play at the 17:03 mark.  However, the Generals grabbed the lead back on a jumper by senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) at 15:53 and extended to an eight-point lead (48-40) on a three-pointer by junior forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo./Loveland) with 10:42 remaining.

W&L pushed its lead to nine points (52-43) following four straight free throws from sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) with 8:15 left, but the Generals went cold in the final 4:49, hitting just 1-of-4 shots from the field and 1-for-6 from the foul line.

Kimberly led W&L with a career-high 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field.  It was his second straight game with at least 20 points scored.  Franz finished with 12 points, while Douglas totaled 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting.  As a team, the Generals shot 50.0 percent (23-46) from the floor in the contest.

Randolph-Macon recovered from 32.0 percent (8-25) shooting in the first half to finish at 40.8 percent (20-49) following a 50.0 percent (12-24) showing in the second stanza.  The Yellow Jackets committed just 10 turnovers for the game and held a 34-26 edge on the glass, including pulling in 12 offensive rebounds.

Simon led Macon with 15 points and seven rebounds and Sullivan finished with 13 points.  Badger contributed 10 points, while sophomore guard Lamont Moore (Waverly, Va./Tidewater Academy) added eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Tuesday in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament.  The 11th-seeded Generals will travel to sixth-seeded Randolph for a 7:00 pm contest.

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