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Men's Basketball Hangs With #11 Virginia Wesleyan, Coming Just Short

Men's Basketball Hangs With #11 Virginia Wesleyan, Coming Just Short

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Against the 11th-ranked team in the nation, Randolph gave the defending conference champions all it could handle in a 82-74 thriller at the RAD Center tonight.

The WildCats came out motivated, scoring on seven straight possessions in the early minutes to build a 14-3 lead, forcing two timeouts in an attempt to end the momentum.

Virginia Wesleyan stormed back, using its own streak of hot shooting to storm back into the game.

Khory Moore keyed the run for the Marlins, scoring 10 points in a span of 2:20 to help put the Marlins on top.

Breven Lyons hit seven straight threes in the half, as well, posting 21 in the frame to open up the lead.

After trailing, 46-36, at intermission, Randolph scored six straight early in the second half to cut the lead to 52-46 behind consecutive buckets from first-year Reid Jacoby, junior Corey Brown and junior Zach Desgain.

A 5-0 run later behind a three from Jacoby and a jumper from first-year Ryan Fields pulled Randolph within four, but once again VWC had an answer to get the lead back up to 12.

The WildCats cut the lead to seven on three separate occasions in the last 3:27, but couldn't pull any closer.

Despite the loss, Randolph matched a season high with a 57.1% mark from the floor, but lost the three point battle 15-4 to the hot-shooting Marlins.

Randolph had four players in double figures, led by Desgain's 19 off of the bench.

Junior Gordon Rogo added 16 as he improved his ODAC-best field goal percentage thanks to a 5-for-6 shooting night.

Rogo has made at least 66.7% of his shots in three straight games now and has reached 60% in 13 games this season.

In addition, Jacoby had 13 and Fields had 10.

For the Marlins, Moore had 29 points to lead the charge, while Lyons finished with the 21 points he earned off of his seven threes.

Randolph looks to even its conference record on Saturday in a matinee against Shenandoah. That contest will be Lymphoma Awareness Night.

Before the game, the WildCats will be joined by Olympians from Special Olympics Virginia to receive a $500 check from winning the NCAA Special Olympics Initiative Spotlight this summer.

The Olympians will lead the crowd in reciting the Special Olympics Oath and will play a game at halftime.