FREDERICKSBURG, Va.- The Randolph men's basketball team played #23 Cabrini in the consolation game of the Hyatt Place Tip Off Tournament held at Mary Washington on Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers topped the WildCats 88-72. The loss drops the WildCats to 0-3 on the season while the Cavaliers move to 2-1.
The Cavaliers opened with consecutive three points baskets to lead 6-0 in the first halt. The Cats made it 6-4 but Cabrini responded with a 14-4 run to leap ahead 20-9 with 12:22 showing on the clock. Cabrini upped its advantage to 24-12 at 11:12. A 10-2 'Cat run slashed the deficit to four points, 26-22, at the 8:30 mark. After the Cavaliers restored the lead to six, Randolph answered to tie the game at 29-29 following a layup by Colton Lee (Raleigh, N.C./North Raleigh Christian Academy) at 4:33. After falling behind by four, Sammy Hooper (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) scored five points to give Randolph its first lead of the afternoon, 36-35, at 2:33. Cabrini added three free throws to take the lead back but the Cats trailed only 40-38 at the half.
The Cavaliers started the second half out strong with eight straight points to up their lead to 48-38 at 18:19. Randolph was able to recover and narrow the deficit to seven points, 51-44, at 16:15. Cabrini pulled ahead with a 15-3 run to increase their lead to a 68-49 with just over 11 minutes remaining.
"Our first stretch of games has served well to unfortunately teach us a few tough lessons about how hard it is to win in college basketball," said head coach Pete Hamilton after the game. "We have a lot of promise left in front of us but that can only turn into success if we improve."
The WildCats finished shooting nearly 38% from the field but only were good on 27.8% on their three-point attempts. Cabrini led in rebounds 45-37. Randolph did have a 39-8 advantage in bench points.
Hooper led the WildCats with 14 points. AJ Marshall (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary Prep), seeing time in his first ever collegiate game, performed well with 11 points and eight rebounds. Chase Van Horn (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest), Brian Smith (Dumfries, Va./C.D.Hylton), and Ryan Fields (Edgewood, Md./Loyola Blakefield) all added nine points. VanHorn also pulled down three rebounds while Smith dished out three assists and Field passed out two. Nick Goble (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) and Elijah Ford (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly HS) both grabbed five boards each.
"A bright spot for us off the bench was the return from injury of AJ Marshall," noted Hamilton. "AJ teamed up with Sammy Hooper today and provided some life for us off the bench. I've felt from the beginning that one of the strengths of our team this season can be the play off our bench."
Randolph will host Greensboro on Tuesday night in its home opener. Tip off from the RAD Center is set for 7:00 p.m.