For Immediate Release – 11/19/16 - #124
Second-Half Run Sees WildCats Come Up Short to Scots
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's basketball team hosted its home opener on Saturday, with Maryville (Tenn.) College coming in for a nonconference tilt. The WildCats led after halftime, but the Scots outscored the hosts by 16, to win 74-65.
MC started off the game with an early basket, but it took nearly two more minutes for either team to get going. At that point Ryan Fields had a nice drive to the basket to tie the score. The teams then went back and forth, with Calvin Songster hitting an early three for the guests and putting their lead at 7-4.
Randolph took the advantage after four straight from Fields, but it would begin back and forth action from both teams. However, Jeremiah Davis took a nice pass from Colton Lee at 11:11 to put the 'Cats up 14-13, and it would start a big run for the home team.
Shortly after Davis' layup, Lee knocked down a three off a pass from Brian Smith. Andy Toe added to it later with a put-back off an offensive rebound. Reid Jacoby then made the difference eight points after hitting a big jump shot.
After another trade between the two sides, Drew Hayden, Lee, and Jacoby combined for seven in-a-row to notch the scoreboard at 31-16 with five minutes left. Maryville countered with several, and cut the deficit to 37-26 after Joshua Brooks hit two free throws. Brooks' pair started another mini-run that saw Randolph's lead fall to six. Chase VanHorn hit one from the charity stripe to send the WildCats into the half with a 38-31 lead.
The 'Cats came out strong of the intermission, with Jacoby knocking down a three and Fields hitting a jumper at the free throw line (assisted by Jacoby). The five points surrounded only one from the Scots, but the visitors answered with 11 straight to tie the score at 43-all.
Jacoby responded with a tough layup, before the lead was traded twice. But Chris Watson made a shot from behind the arc for MC, which saw them take a 49-47 advantage.
Every time the advantage was pushed out, the 'Cats came right back. Smith hit a three to make the score 54-50. Fields and Jacoby (three-pointer) went back-to-back to cut the score to 60-57. Then Hayden and Lee each knocked down a pair from the charity line to cut the score to 66-63. However, the Scots went on a final run to seal the win.
Fields had a game-high and career-high of 18 points. Jacoby added 14, while Lee also chipped in 14 for the first time in his career. Jacoby led the team with six assists, while Hayden pulled down 11 boards. Colt Nokes tallied a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Scots (2-0 overall).
Randolph (1-2) will head back on the road for its next game. The WildCats travel to Greensboro College (0-1) on Tuesday for a 7 p.m.
The team also honored its Alumni during the game, as this is the 10th year of the program.