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Randolph Falls in Crosstown Showdown

For Immediate Release – 2/8/17 - #181
Randolph Falls in Crosstown Showdown

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's basketball made the short trek across the city on Wednesday night, taking on Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival, Lynchburg College.  The Hornets earned the win, 95-72.

Back and forth action highlighted the early parts of the game, as Ryan Fields hit a jump shot on the first possession.  Connor Schroeder followed him with a three on the other end, before the Hornets made it 5-2.  Colton Lee responded with a three of his own, shortly after.  Schroeder took the lead back, but Reid Jacoby knocked down a shot from behind the arc to put Randolph up 8-7.

LC tallied the next five points, but the 'Cats came back with their own run.  Andy Toe hit a layup, before Jacoby converted a traditional three-point play.  Lynchburg followed it with another burst, going on an 8-2 run around a Toe layup.  Brian Smith then brought the WildCats to within two, as he connected from deep, but the hosts went on a larger run shortly after.

Jeremiah Davis and Ryan Fields combined for three points, but LC scored 12, with Schroeder hitting twice from distance.  Fields and Lee (three) sandwiched a Schroeder jumper, bringing the score to 34-26, but the Hornets tallied the next eight.  The teams then traded points, with Jacoby and Fields keeping the margin at 12.  Nick Goble added two late baskets, including a dunk, to put the score at 47-36 entering the half.

Lee hit a three right out of the gates, but the hosts continued their hot shooting as well.  After Lynchburg scored twice, Fields answered to bring the deficit to 10.  Jacoby then added six over a time, but Lynchburg hit six shots, with five of them coming from deep (including four by Schroeder).  Goble made a layup to bring the run to an end, and the teams followed with a trade of three free throws soon after.

The Hornets then went on a 10-4 run, with Drew Hayden and Chase VanHorn scoring for the WildCats.  However, the 'Cats made one last push.  Smith hit back to back threes, before Lee added a pair from the line, which brought the margin under 20.  But LC made one last run, sealing the victory.

Jacoby led four WildCats in double-digits with 14 points.  Fields, Lee, and Goble followed with 12, 11, and 10 respectively.  Jacoby also dished out five assists in the game.  Schroeder ended with a game-high 29 points, including seven of eight from behind the arc, for Lynchburg (13-9 overall, 7-6 ODAC).

Randolph (7-15, 4-9) will continue its road trip, this time traveling further away.  The WildCats will head to Eastern Mennonite University (9-13, 3-10) on Saturday.  The men will play at 3 p.m., which follows the Randolph-EMU women's game at 1 p.m.