LYNCHBURG, Va.- After starting the season with three straight road games, the Randolph men's basketball team hosted Greensboro on Tuesday night at the RAD Center. The Pride came away with a 96-82 win to even their record at 1-1. The WildCats drop to 0-4.
Randolph had an early 7-4 lead on Greensboro just over three minutes into the first half. The Pride would go on a 12-2 run to take a 16-9 lead but a three from Sammy Hooper (Richmond, Va./Midlothian HS) got the 'Cats to 16-12. Greensboro was able to up its advantage to 29-17 with 10:38 remaining on the game clock.
A dunk by Nick Goble (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) followed by a Ryan Fields (Edgewood, Md./Loyola Blakefield) layup got Randolph to 34-31 with 6:45 to play in the frame. Greensboro led 50-41with three ticks left on the clock but a pair of free throws from Justin Dula (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) made the score 50-43 Greensboro at the break. Despite trailing, the WildCats shot 61.5% from the floor in the period.
The Pride started the second half on a 21-9 run to take its biggest lead of the night, 71-52 with 11:10 on the clock. Randolph came roaring back with a huge 20-3 run to bring the score to 74-70 at 8:31.
Greensboro was able to recover and restore its double-digit lead but once again the mighty 'Cats came back. A Colton Lee (Raleigh, N.C./North Raleigh Christina Academy) three-point bucket and a layup from Drew Hayden (Vinton, Va./William Byrd) closed the deficit to 85-82 with 2:18 remaining to play. The Pride, however, responded with a 11-0 run to close out the game and secure the victory.
Randolph shot 31-of-57 (54.4%) overall and 7-of-18 (38.9%) from beyond the three-point arc. The WildCats were 13-of-16 (81.3%) from the free throw line. Randolph controlled the boards with a 41-26 advantage and had a 16-8 edge in second chance points.
Leading the way for the 'Cats was Fields with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists. Lee added 13 points. Goble was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor for 12 points. Hooper tallied 11 points. Brian Smith (Dumfries, Va./C.D. Hylton) finished with nine points, three assists, and three steals. Dula chipped in six points and six rebounds.
Head coach Pete Hamilton noted the physicality during the game and how his team knew it was going to be that way. Hamilton drew positives about his team's depth and the bench play particularly what Goble, Hooper, Hayden contributed. Randolph's bench outscored Greensboro's 36-28.
The WildCats are idle for the Thanksgiving holiday and return to the court on November 29 for an ODAC game at Bridgewater. Tip off will be at 7:00 p.m.