MARYVILLE, TN.- Randolph trailed 33-31 at halftime but host Maryville would outscore the WIldCats 43-32 in the second half as the Scots won by the score of 76-63 on Saturday afternoon. Randolph's overall record is now 0-6 while the Scots improve to 3-3.
The WildCats got off to a quick start as they led 12-4 a little over five minutes into the game. Randolph was ahead 21-15 with nine minutes showing on the clock but Maryville went on a 11-1 run to go up 26-22 at 6:13 as the Scots sank seven free throws during that stretch. With the home team ahead 26-22, the 'Cats countered with an 8-1 run to take back the lead and go ahead 30-27 with 3:24 to go until the break. A layup by the Scots Malcolm Walker and a jumper from Dante Hoppa gave Maryville the one-point advantage, 31-30, at 2:20. A free throw from Sammy Hooper (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) tied it all at 31-31 with just over a minute left. The Scots would head into the locker room ahead thanks to a layup by Emier Bowman with nine ticks to go.
Bowman picked where he left off in the second half as he began the scoring with a layup 15 seconds in. That started a 9-0 run for the Scots that increased their lead to 41-31 at 18:01. Maryville added to its advantage and went up 48-33 at 14:19.
Randolph came roaring back with a 9-0 run to get to the score to 48-42. It was 55-48 Maryville with 9:06 to play and the WildCats looked to claw their way back in. It would be almost two minutes until a basket was score and it was by the Scots' Daquan Summers to make the Maryville lead now 57-48.
It was still a seven-point deficit for Randolph, 67-60, with 2:24 remaining following a Reid Jacoby (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) jump shot. The WIldCats would not get any closer as JR Sanders hit a three-point shot with just under two minutes left that started a 9-3 run for the Scots as they held off the 'Cats for the victory.
Head Coach Pete Hamilton said his players battled all day. "I'm proud of our guys for fighting through some tough circumstances," he said. "We had many guys step up to the plate considering the amount of big minute players we had missing today. Our lack of experience and to a degree our chemistry with some lineups was tough to deal with but a credit to our guys for fighting and refusing to use that as an excuse."
Randolph shot almost 48% from the floor on the afternoon to just over 42% for Maryville. The WildCats also had a better three-point percentage than the Scots with a 30.4-23.1% edge. The big difference came on the foul line as Maryville converted 35-of-46 attempts for 76.1% compared to 10-of-16 and 62.5% for Randolph. The WildCats led in rebounds 36-30.
Hooper came off the bench to lead Randolph with 20 points and seven rebounds. Brian Smith (Dumfries, Va./C.D. Hylton) added 11 points. Jacoby and Andy Toe (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) both chipped in 10 points each with Jacoby also dishing out five assists and coming up with three steals and three rebounds.
Randolph returns to the RAD Center this Wednesday to host Roanoke in ODAC play. Game time will be at 7:00 p.m. "We've got two conference games next week," stated Hamilton. "A week from today the conversation around our program can be a lot different if we were sitting at 2-1 in the league."