LYNCHBURG, Va. – Senior guard Corey Brown scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Randolph to a 64-56 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men's basketball action on Saturday at the RAD Center.
The Generals (10-15, 3-13) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening 1:24 of the game, with all five points coming from first-year guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas / Samuel Clemens). However, W&L could not stretch its advantage and the WildCats (14-11, 8-8) eventually wrestled the lead away (11-10) after a layup by sophomore guard Ryan Fields.
W&L trailed just 17-15 following a three-pointer by senior forward Andrew Franz (Cibolo, Texas / Samuel Clemens) at the 9:06 mark, but Randolph used a 12-4 run over the next 4:44 to assume a 10-point lead (29-19) with 4:22 left in the half. Brown did much of the damage for the home team, hitting a pair of shots from distance and adding a layup for eight points during the stretch.
The Generals chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to five points (29-24) after a pair of free throws by Franz at the 1:05 mark, but senior guard Zach Desgain made a layup at the buzzer to give the WildCats a 31-24 lead at the halftime break.
Franz opened the second half scoring with a three-pointer at the 18:20 mark to cut it to a four-point contest (31-27), but the Generals just couldn't get over the hump and five straight points from senior forward Jason Eddie pushed the lead back to double digits (43-33) with 12:55 left in the contest.
Randolph led 47-36 with 11:34 remaining, when the Generals used a 9-0 run to cut it to a two-point game (47-45) with 8:05 left. Junior guard Austin Piatt (Vandalia, Ohio / Chaminade Julienne) and Kearns hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the rally, while Franz hit 1-of-2 at the line and Kearns drilled two free throws to end the surge.
Once again, W&L just couldn't break through and grab the lead. Franz hit a layup with 4:19 left to make it a 55-52 game, but Eddie drilled a triple to stretch the lead back to six (58-52) and the WildCats went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the final 33 seconds to emerge with the win.
The Generals shot just 34.8 percent (16-46) from the field and were out-rebounded 38-29 in falling for the ninth straight contest. Franz and Kearns led the way with 16 points each. Junior guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo. / Chaminade College Prep) added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Brown finished 7-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Fields and first-year forward Josh Freund both chipped in 10 points for Randolph.
Washington and Lee will be the No. 11 seed for the ODAC Tournament and will travel right back to Randolph to face the sixth-seeded WildCats on Tuesday for a 7:00 pm contest.