LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team dropped its first home game to Randolph, 67-52, on Saturday at the Warner Center. The Generals (3-2, 1-1 ODAC) shot just 31.0 percent (18-58) from the floor and 55.6 percent (10-18) from the free throw line in their first Old Dominion Athletic Conference loss of the season.
Despite the poor shooting, W&L was within three, 44-41, with 11:01 left in the second half. Over the next three minutes, neither team scored a basket. The Generals missed three shots, including a Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) three-pointer that would have tied the game. W&L also had two turnovers during the stretch. The WildCats (5-0, 2-0 ODAC) missed four shots and had one turnover as well.
Randolph ended the scoring drought with two free throws by junior guard Mike Ehilegbu (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) to inch the lead to 46-41 with 8:13 remaining. Another minute would go by before the WildCats pushed the advantage to seven, 48-41, on a layup by first-year guard Evan Horn (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill).
W&L cut the deficit to three, 54-51, with 4:08 left in the game on a couple of three-pointers by McDonald and a jumper by junior forward Jonathan Rice (Fayeteville, N.C./Terry Sanford). It would be the closest the Generals would get as Randolph went on an 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 11 (62-51) with 1:14 left in the game. W&L went into foul mode to try and extend the game, but the WildCats made 5-of-6 free throws to seal the victory, 67-52.
Randolph senior guard Colton Hunt (Whittier, N.C./Smoky Mountain) led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and hitting 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Ehliegbu added 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three buckets from long distance.
McDonald led the Generals with 13 points on 3-of-10 shooting. All three of his field goals came from behind the arc. Senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) led all players with nine rebounds. He also had six points, a steal and a block. First-year forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) was the second-highest scorer for W&L with eight points on 11 shots. He also grabbed five boards and had two steals.
The WildCats shot 44.9 percent (22-49) for the game, and made a living at the foul line, going 18-of-20 (90 percent) on the day. Randolph had nine assists and 12 turnovers, while the Blue and White totaled seven assists and 16 turnovers. W&L held a slight advantage on the glass, 37-35.
In the first half, the lead changed three times with the WildCats going up by as many as 10 with 6:02 to go before intermission. The Generals ended the period on a 12-7 run, highlighted by a steal and fast break dunk by sophomore guard Clay McLean (Charlotte, N.C./The Gunnery), to bring the team within four, 32-28, at the break.
W&L will get one day off before traveling to Ferrum on Monday for a 7:00 pm game.
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