GREENSBORO, N.C.- Visiting Randolph led early against Guilford but the host Quakers rallied to take the lead back as they won 73-55 on Wednesday night in an ODAC contest at Ragan-Brown Field House. Guilford improves to 7-7 and 3-2 in the conference while the WildCats falls to 3-11 and 0-5.
Randolph had the upper hand early on in the first half as it got out to a 9-4 run to lead 20-13 with 11:55 showing on the scoreboard. Seven straight points from Guilford knotted the score at 20-20 just over two minutes later. It was a three-point deficit for the 'Cats, 34-31, with 3:46 left in the half following a jumper from Sammy Hooper (Richmond, Va./Midlothian). The Quakers responded with an 8-0 run to lead 42-31 at the break.
The WIldCats netted the first two baskets in the second half to bring the score to 42-35. Randolph hung with Guilford as the deficit was no more than 10 points. A three-point shot from Hooper followed by a basket from Ryan Fields (Edgewood, Md./Loyola Blakefield) brought the score to 49-45 at 14:10 and the 'Cats were back in the ballgame.
The score stood at 58-51 Guilford with just over 10 minutes remaining to play and Randolph had a chance to get the lead back. The offense, however, went cold as it went over five minutes until the next basket was scored for the WIldCats. The Quakers did not fare any better as they missed four shots from the floor in over seven minutes of game time. Guilford converted six free throws during that period to lead 64-53 with 3:45 to play. After Alston Thompson's jumper at 3:07, Guilford ended the game on a 9-2 run to pull away from the WIldCats. Randolph was held without a field goal for the final five minutes.
Fields finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Reid Jacoby (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) added 12 points, three assists, and two rebounds. Hooper tallied 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal off of the bench.
"It was encouraging to have Ryan back playing normal minutes," said head coach Pete Hamilton. "He's still getting his legs back but it's a hell of a performance in this physical of a game to go out and get 15 and 10 boards not having played competitively since November and getting limited run over the weekend."
Randolph committed a season-low 11 turnovers on the night but Guilford took advantage as it scored 16 points off of them. The Quakers also led in second chance points 17-11 and in the paint 30-22. They also controlled the glass 39-30.
Overall shooting percentage favored Guilford 44.6%-38.6%. The WildCats did have a better free throw percentage but went 5-for-6 compared to the Quakers' 16-for-20 effort.
"We knew the game was going to be physical for 40 minutes," noted Hamilton. "I think our guys played up to it. A few matchups hurt us in the last 10 minutes adjusting to some foul trouble. I think if we hit a few of those open looks we had it could turn into a different game."
Randolph returns to the RAD Center this Saturday as it hosts Shenandoah. Tipoff will be at 2:00 p.m. The WildCats will be looking to avenge an 80-78 OT loss to the Hornets back on December 9.