W&L Men's Basketball Downed by Randolph, 68-60

W&L Men's Basketball Downed by Randolph, 68-60

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Randolph College hit six of its first seven shots from the field and jumped out to a 16-2 lead in posting a 68-60 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the PER Building.

The WildCats (14-5, 8-3) drilled three triples in their game-opening run to build a 14-point lead just 4:21 into the game.  W&L (12-7, 5-6) got itself back into the contest with a 12-2 run keyed by four points from first-year forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), to slice the RC lead to just four points (18-14) with 11:00 to play in the first half.  However, the WildCats continued their hot shooting, finishing the half 13-of-22 (.591) from the field en route to holding a 31-25 lead at the break.

The Generals managed to remain within single digits for much of the initial six minutes and change of the second half, but back-to-back three-pointers by senior guard Pete Hamilton and sophomore guard Colton Hunt pushed the WildCats' lead to 12 points (46-34) with 13:11 to play.  Randolph's lead grew to as many as 15 points on several occasions in the final 9:24 of the game, but the Generals made a late run to cut it to a five-point game (63-58) with 32 seconds remaining.  Randolph hit just 4-of-10 free throws from 1:52 to until 0:15 remained when Hunt stepped to the line and hit four-straight charity tosses to ice the WildCats third win in four all-time meetings with the Generals.

Randolph finished the game shooting 51.2 percent (22-43) from the floor, but hit just 18-of-31 (.581) free throws and was out-rebounded 37-29.  On the flipside, Washington and Lee shot just 37.9 percent (22-58) from the field and committed 19 turnovers.

Sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) led the Generals with 11 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Kyle Bond (Boxborough, Mass./Brimmer and May) and first-year guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) both notched 10 points.

Hunt paced Randolph with 18 points and nine rebounds.  Junior forward Derrick Woods-Morrow logged 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, while junior guard Malcolm Nelson and Hamilton contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to 11th-ranked Randolph-Macon for a 2:00 pm contest.