LEXINGTON, Va. -- Randolph College sophomore guard Colton Hunt's (Buford, Ga./Smoky Mountain) jump shot from the right corner with under five seconds remaining propelled the WildCats to a 68-66 win over the Washington and Lee men's basketball team at the Warner Center on Saturday afternoon.
With fifty-four seconds left to play, Randolph junior guard Malcolm Nelson (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) gave the lead back to the WildCats, 66-65, on a jumper of his own. Cimino then drew a foul on Randolph senior guard Caleb Pearson (Franklin, Va./Southhampton Academy) and split a pair of free throws with 40 seconds showing on the clock, tying the game at 66-66 to set up the game's dramatic final seconds.
Hunt's jumper came following a Randolph timeout with eight seconds remaining in the game and four tics left on the shot clock. Hunt caught the ball in the corner, put it on the floor once and let loose the game-winner with the shot and game clocks winding down.
Cimino missed a desperation three pointer as time expired.
The Generals led by as many as 11 points midway through the first half (20-9), but the WildCats limited W&L to just 2-of-13 shooting from the floor in outscoring the Generals, 20-8, over an 8:21 stretch to assume a 29-28 lead with 1:55 to play in the opening period.
However, W&L received back-to-back layups from sophomore center Taylor Gilfillan (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) to take a 32-29 lead into the break.
The second half featured 11 lead changes and five ties, all in the final 11:28, as neither team led by more than six points. The first tie came after W&L had taken a 42-36 lead with 15:31 to play. Randolph then scored the game's next six points to knot the game at 42-42 with 11:28 to play and the Generals and WildCats went back and forth the rest of the way to set up Hunt's heroics.
As a team W&L shot 44.1 percent from the floor (26-59) and outrebounded the WildCats 38-28, including 14-7 on the offensive glass. Randolph shot 46.2 percent from the floor (24-52) and connected on 14-of-20 free-throw attempts, compared to just 9-of-14 for W&L.
Junior guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) led the Generals with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Adkins finished with 11 points, first-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) added nine points and six boards and Gilfillan chipped in eight points, six boards and three blocks. Sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, which tied a career-high.
Pearson led for WildCats in double figures with 15 points, while grabbing four boards. Hunt added 14 points and five rebounds, first-year guard Mike Ehilegbu (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) chipped in 13 markers and sophomore forward Dylan Shiflett (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry) totaled 11 points.
The Generals return to the court on Monday when they travel to Ferrum for a 7:00 pm contest.